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Showa Monogatari (TV)

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Alternative title:
昭和物語 (Japanese)
Genres: slice of life
Objectionable content: None
Plot Summary: Showa Monogatari is a nostalgic slice-of-life show about a Japanese family in 1964, the year the Olympics came to Tokyo. The father Yuuzou owns a small machine shop where he and a co-worker create finely-tooled metal parts. Yuuzou has problems communicating with his three children -- an older son attending college, a teen-aged daughter discovering romance, and his younger son, Kouhei, a rowdy but good-hearted boy who narrates the show. While Kouhei's experiences form the basis for the story, a good deal of time is spent on his sister's problematic love life, and on the family's financial problems. Each episode includes an epilogue providing a brief "tour" of locations from the story, showing us how they looked in 1964 and how they look today. The OP provides another set of contrasts between 1964 and today using old and new photographs of places appearing in the anime along with the animated depiction of the 1964 images.
User Ratings: 54 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 5 votes (sub:5)
 Excellent: 14 votes (sub:14)
 Very good: 12 votes (sub:12)
 Good: 11 votes (sub:11)
 Decent: 6 votes (sub:6)
 So-so: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Not really good: 3 votes (sub:2, ?:1)
 Weak: -
 Bad: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 95 users, rank: #5305 (of 9611)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.574 (Very good−), std. dev.: 1.7278, rank: #1571 (of 9745)
Weighted mean: 7.607 (Very good−), rank: #1357 (of 9745) (seen all: 8.08 / seen some: 7.36 / won't finish: 4.33)
Bayesian estimate: 7.581 (Very good−), rank: #1126 (of 7316)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 13
Episode titles: We have 13
2010-12-30 to 2011-01-02 (Mie TV, episodes 1-4 advance airing)
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Hiroshi Kugimiya (eps 5-13)
Mitsuhiro Tougou (eps 1-4)
Series Composition: Yasushi Hirano
Miho Maruo (eps 4, 7, 11)
Naruhisa Arakawa (eps 3, 8)
Sukehiro Tomita (eps 2, 6, 9, 12)
Yasushi Hirano (4 episodes
eps 1, 5, 10, 13

Hiroshi Kugimiya (ep 2)
Hiroyuki Shimazu (ep 3)
Hitoyuki Matsui (ep 13)
Mamoru Hamatsu (eps 1, 5, 9, 12)
Takaaki Ishiyama (eps 4, 7, 10)
Takuo Suzuki (eps 6, 8, 11)
Music: Gidō Hayashi
Character Design: Tatsuo Yanagino
Art Director: Takeshi Waki
Chief Animation Director: Tatsuo Yanagino
Animation Director:
Hiroki Moritomo (ep 11)
Jōji Yanase (eps 5, 12)
Katsumi Hashimoto (ep 6)
Kenji Hattori (ep 9)
Makoto Yoshizaki (ep 2)
Michio Satō (ep 10)
Min Bae Lee (ep 11)
Motohide Nishimura (ep 3)
Naoki Takahashi (ep 8)
Takashi Saijō (ep 4)
Young-Rae Cho (ep 11)
Yūzō Ōta (ep 7)
Sound Director: Yasunori Honda
Cgi Director: Tatsuo Hayasaki
Director of Photography:
Atsushi Nakayama (eps 1-3)
Miyuki Hayashi (11 episodes
eps 1-4, 6-11, 13

Assistant Director:
Kenichi Ishikura (eps 1-4)
Assistant Unit Director: Hiroki Moritomo (ep 11)
Color design: Yukari Fujiki
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Key Animation:
Akira Shinoda (ep 10)
Asami Miyazaki (ep 2)
Atsushi Shibata (ep 3)
Ayaka Kurokawa (ep 7)
Ayumi Namiki (ep 1)
Chie Saito (eps 1, 13)
Eiji Fukuyama (ep 3)
Eizō Kawada (ep 3)
Emi Watanabe (eps 1, 13)
Fumio Kouda (ep 2)
Harumi Takagi (ep 12)
Hea-Sook Kim (ep 8)
Heung Ik Jun (ep 8)
Hideo Amemiya (ep 10)
Hiroaki Hanawa (ep 9)
Hiroaki Kawaguchi (ep 4)
Hiroki Ikeshita (eps 1, 13)
Hiroko Yoshida (eps 1, 13)
Hiroomi Yamakawa (ep 5)
Hiroshi Konno (ep 3)
Hyung-Il Kim (ep 11)
Ichiro Hattori (ep 9)
Jeong-Phii Lee (ep 11)
Jōji Yanase (eps 2, 5)
Jong-Myung Kim (ep 11)
Ju Hak Lee (ep 11)
Juji Mizumura (ep 4)
Jun-Oh Kim (ep 8)
Jung Soon Cho (ep 8)
Jung-Mi Ahn (ep 11)
Junichi Kigawa (ep 9)
Kaname Wakabayashi (ep 5)
Kanji Hara (ep 8)
Katsumi Hashimoto (ep 6)
Katsuyuki Yamazaki (eps 1, 13)
Kazuhiko Ishii (ep 3)
Kazuki Miura (ep 5)
Kazuo Hayashi (ep 6)
Kazuo Miyoshi (ep 3)
Keiji Shigesawa (ep 3)
Kenji Nishikawa (ep 9)
Kiyoshi Nohji (ep 9)
Kiyotsugu Miura (eps 6, 8)
Kōichirō Kawano (eps 1, 13)
Mai Toda (ep 3)
Masanobu Fujioka (ep 10)
Masatoshi Fukuyama (ep 2)
Masaya Yasutome (ep 1)
Mayumi Yamamoto (ep 9)
Michio Satō (ep 10)
Mie Hashimoto (ep 6)
Mieko Seki (ep 2)
Min Bae Lee (ep 11)
Motohide Nishimura (eps 1, 3)
Naomi Okita (ep 12)
Sayuri Tanaka (ep 7)
Se Chang Kim (ep 8)
Se Kwan Chol (ep 11)
Seung Ki Huh (ep 11)
Shinsuke Kasahara (eps 5, 10)
Takanori Suzuki (ep 3)
Takashi Hirabayashi (ep 9)
Takashi Saijō (ep 4)
Takashi Tsuda (ep 1)
Tatsuo Yanagino (ep 1)
Tetsuya Satō (ep 9)
Toshifumi Kusunose (ep 12)
Toshiharu Sugie (eps 5, 12)
Tsuguo Sakamoto (ep 9)
Tsunenaka Nozaki (ep 12)
Woo Sang Yoon (ep 11)
Yoko Sakurai (eps 3, 5)
Yoshinori Takahashi (ep 10)
Young-Mi Ahu (ep 8)
Young-Rae Cho (ep 11)
Yūji Gotō (ep 5)
Yuka Shirota (ep 2)
Yūki Hara (ep 9)
Yūki Morimoto (ep 12)
Yūshi Suzuki (ep 12)
Supervision: Tetsuo Kanno
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