Sekai no Hikari: Shinran Seijin (OAV)

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Alternative title:
世界の光 親鸞聖人 (Japanese) 
Plot Summary: Young Matsuwakamaru loses his father as an infant. To make matters worse, his beloved mother Kikkou passes away when he's 8 years old. While facing her death, Matsuwakamaru is puzzled at where people go when they die. If there is a cycle of Heaven, Hell, and rebirth, is there a way to escape this torturous circle, he wonders. With this great determination for the discovery of knowledge in mind, at only 9 years old, he joins a Buddhist monastery on Mt. Hiei, and changes his name to Shinran. This is the story of the man who would someday open the doors to the Jōdo Shinshū sect of Buddhism. 
Number of episodes: 6 
Vintage: 1992-06 to 1999-05-03 
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hideaki Oba 
Art Director: Satoshi Matsudaira 
Sound Director: Yasunori Honda 
Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Konishi 
Hidekatsu Shibata as Shinran Seijin(ep 6) 
Kappei Yamaguchi as Shinran Seijin(as Matsuwakamaru; ep 1) 
Kohji Takahashi as Shinran Seijin(ep 4) 
Mugihito as Shinran Seijin(ep 5) 
Yasunori Matsumoto as Shinran Seijin(Youth) 
Yuusaku Yara as Shinran Seijin(aged; eps 1-3) 

Ben Hiura as Zenran(eps 5-6) 
Hikojiro Matsumura as Hōen Shonin(eps 1-3) 
Junko Iwao as Kakushinni(ep 5) 
Mami Kingetsu as Kakushinni(ep 6) 
Mari Yokoo as Tamahi(eps 1-3) 

Akira Ishida as
Monk(ep 2) 
Taira no Atsumori(ep 2) 
Akira Nakao as Ben'en(ep 4) 
Aruno Tahara as
Emperor(ep 2) 
Rokubeh(ep 4) 
Asako Dodo as Zenran's Wife(ep 6) 
Aya Ishizu as Suzumushi(ep 3) 
Ben Hiura as Hinozaemon(ep 4) 
Daisuke Gouri as Myōhō-bo(ep 5) 
Daisuke Yamashita as Minister of the Right(ep 3) 
Ejii Itō as Gonta(ep 4) 
Hikaru Midorikawa as Kakumyō-bo 
Hiroaki Hirata as Nishibutsu-bo(ep 3) 
Hirohiko Kakegawa as Kakumyō-bo(ep 2) 
Hiroko Suzuki as Narrator 
Hiroshi Naka as Seikan-bo(ep 2) 
Hiroya Ishimaru as Shōgaku Hōin(eps 1-2) 
Jun Eto as Heitarō(ep 4) 
Junko Mashina as Fujitsubo(ep 3) 
Junkyu Moriyama as Benchō(ep 4) 
Katsuhiro Kitagawa as
Anraku-bo(ep 3) 
Minister of the Left(ep 2) 
Katsumi Suzuki as
Heita(ep 3) 
Monk(ep 1) 
Tasaku(ep 4) 
Yoshie-bo(ep 2) 
Kazuo Oka as Shinkuu(ep 2) 
Kenichi Ono as
Gosaku(ep 3) 
Nenbutsu-bo(ep 2) 
Kenichi Sonobe as Seia(ep 3) 
Kinryuu Arimoto as Arinori Fujiwara(ep 1) 
Masahiko Tanaka as Nishibutsu-bo(ep 4) 
Miru Hitotsuyanagi as Osaku(ep 5) 
Mitsuki Yayoi as Matsumushi(ep 3) 
Mitsuru Miyamoto as Zenran(ep 4) 
Mugihito as Jichin Osho 
Nanako Fukushima as Haru(ep 6) 
Naoki Makishima as Apprentice(ep 3) 
Nobuaki Fukuda as Shinraku-bo(ep 6) 
Noriko Asano as Female Attendant(ep 3) 
Ryusei Nakao as Heitarō(eps 5-6) 
Saburo Kamei as Benkai(ep 4) 
Seiko Tomoe as Old Woman(eps 2-3) 
Shigeru Ushiyama as Juren-bo(ep 3) 
Shin Aomori as
Jinsaku(ep 4) 
Shōshin-bo(ep 6) 
Shinji Ogawa as
Dream Person(ep 4) 
Imperial Prince Shōtoku 
Kujo Kanezane(eps 2-3) 
Śākya(ep 6) 
Shozo Iizuka as Retired Emperor(ep 3) 
Sou Yamamura as Hyozaemon(special performance; ep 4) 
Sumi Shimamoto as Gozen Kikkō(ep 1) 
Takayuki Ayanogi as Chimyō-bo(ep 3) 
Takehiro Murozono as Yosaku(ep 6) 
Takurou Kitagawa as
Dōzō(ep 1) 
Manservant(ep 3) 
Tamao Hayashi as Hana(ep 6) 
Toku Nishio as Hachii-bo(eps 3-6) 
Tomoe Hiiro as O-kane(ep 4) 
Tomomichi Nishimura as Kumagairenshō-bo(ep 2) 
Toshiko Fujita as Gonaishitsu(ep 4) 
Yasuhiko Kawazu as Nobufusa-bo(ep 2) 
Yoku Shioya as Shinbutsu-bo(eps 5-6) 
Yoshio Kawai as Minister of the Left(ep 3) 
Yoshisada Sakaguchi as Bensora(ep 4) 
Yumi Hikita as
Concubine(ep 2) 
Female Attendant(eps 1, 3) 
Japanese companies
Animation Production: AIC 
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