Blue Literature Series

Aoi Bungaku Series

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Ningen Shikkaku A high school student seeks solace in narcotics to escape the dispiritedness that has come over his life. As he goes through the different stages of his life, it culminates in the questioning of his existence in the world. Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita The adaptation of Ango Sakaguchi's literary work deals with the love story of a woman abducted by a mountain bandit. Kokoro While trying to fill the void in his life, a university student in Tokyo encounters a charismatic older man, whom he addresses as "Sensei," who offers him advice on life. However, the man is apprehensive to share his life experience, deepening the student's curiosity. Through this peculiar relationship, the student comes to ponder about the distance between him and his family and the growing desolation in his heart filled with ego and guilt. Hashire, Melos! The story portrays the unbreakable bond between two friends, Melos and Selinuntius, and their faith in protecting each other, all while dangling on a thread which hovers over death and misery. Kumo no Ito Kandata is a coldhearted criminal who, while being punished in Hell for his misdeeds, is noticed by the Buddha Shakyamuni. Despite maintaining a record of committing ruthless atrocities, Kandata had once shown mercy to a spider he encountered in the forest by letting it live. Moved by this, Shakyamuni offers him redemption by dropping a spider's thread into the searing pits of Hell, and it is up to Kandata to seize the opportunity. Jigokuhen Yoshihide is a great painter in the land ruled by Horikawa, a tyrant. Offered a commission to paint the "Buddhist Hell" by the lord, Yoshihide declines, as he cannot paint anything he has not witnessed himself. In an attempt to make Yoshihide understand the magnitude of his request, the lord tortures his subjects to provide inspiration for the artist, descending his domain into utter despair and darkness.

User Rating: 4.2 ( 4 votes)


Japanese: 青い文学シリーズ
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2009 to Dec 27, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Movic, Happinet Pictures, RAY
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Drama, Historical, Psychological, Seinen, Thriller
Duration: 22 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Tetsurou Araki – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Morio Asaka – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Atsuko Ishizuka – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Shigeyuki Miya – Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design
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Episode List

01: No Longer Human – Chapter 1: Double Suicide in Kamakura
02: No Longer Human – Chapter 2: Ghost
03: No Longer Human – Chapter 3: Society
04: No Longer Human – Chapter 4: New World
05: In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom: Chapter 1
06: In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom: Chapter 2
07: Kokoro: Chapter 1
08: Kokoro: Chapter 2
09: Run, Melos! – Chapter 1
10: Run, Melos! – Chapter 2
11: The Spider’s Thread
12: Hell Screen


If you want to see something with a psychological take, but different from something you are already used to in anime, this is perfect.


The quality goes up and down between the different short stories in this anime. Purely worth watching for No Longer Human. Haunting story.


“They are evergreen because they are masterpieces.”


Episodic series that varies in quality. I liked the adaptations of Osamu Dazai’s work the most, Hashire Melos is a perfect 10.


Amazing short stories that’ll leave you in thought. A gem.


A perfect way to learn about Japanese Literature without reading all of those pure literature.


As often happens with anthology series, some tales sit better than others. As a whole the stories were great, each carried itself well.



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