ANIME: Asura | Ashura
directed by: Satō Keiichi | 2012 | 75 min.
The artistically impressive yet deeply murky anime, which has received high critical rating, is situated into the mid-15th century when the wartime rages and catastrophes almost changed Japan into the ghost land. A boy named Asura, after the dark deities known from Vedas, is born to a mother dying from hunger. Asura’s despairing mother tries to dispense with the newborn baby - it is miraculously saved but sentenced to live a life of a wild animal. Asura learns to eat human flesh to survive, and thus his body and soul gradually transform into that of a demon. However, an enlighten monk and a beautiful girl one day cross his way... This manga movie, which combines hand-drawing and digital techniques of animation, is based on a manga comic strip by Akiyama Jōji.