The Tale of Genji turned 1000 this year. “The tale describes everything about life, such as what a human being is and what love is,” said Jakucho Setouchi, a translator of the novel into modern Japanese. Anime based on manga inspired by the classic Japanese novel will air in January 2009 on Fuji TV.

Written at the beginning of the eleventh century by one of our nation’s foremost women writers, Murasaki Shikibu, “The Tale of Genji” features a dazzling array of characters, imaginative plotting, an elegantly expressive narrative, and some of the most beautiful usage ever seen of the Japanese language. It is the most ancient surviving full-length novel in the world, and is one of the greatest works of Japanese literature. (Genji Millenium)

The anime is based on 13-volume of the Asakiyumemishi manga that sold 17 million copies since the original 1979-1993 run in Kodansha’s mimi and mimi Excellent magazines.

UPDATE: The anime will not be based on the manga. Tale of Genji Anime: Genji Monogatari Sen-nen-ki Genji


Animation Production: Tezuka Productions, Tokyo Movie

Director: Osamu Dezaki (Ace wo Nerae!, Air, Clannad, and Lupin III movies, The Rose of Versailles)

Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu (Chi’s Sweet Home, Kodocha, Master Keaton, NANA, Nodame Cantabile, Phoenix, School Rumble, Urusei Yatsura)

Character Design: Mari Tominaga (Detective Conan, Beloved Angel Angelique)

Art director: Jirou Kouno (Hi no Tori, Akira, Clannad, Snow Queen)

Animation director: Akio Sugino (Ace wo Nerae!, Black Jack)

Music Director: Seiji Suzuki (Air, Black Jack, Clannad, Lupin III)

Original Manga: Waki Yamato

Original story: Murasaki Shikibu

Further Reading:

The Tale of Genji (anime)
The Tale of Genji (manga)
Asakiyumemishi – The Tale of Genji Manga Gets Anime (ANN)
Asakiyumemishi (ANN)

The Tale of Genji (Wiki)
Genji Millenium (Official Website)

‘Tale of Genji’ Millennium (Artosphere)
1,000 years of ‘Genji’ (Japan Times)
Murasaki Shikibu glimpsed behind the screens of time (Japan Times)
Lucky millennium celebration (Japan Times)
‘Tale of Genji’ millennium marked (The Yomiuri Shimbun)

New Anime Winter 2009


11 thoughts on “Asakiyumemishi – Tale of Genji Anime

  1. Wow, this looks great! I can’t wait.

    I have been wanting to start reading The Genji for quite a while, so I suppose culture day here in Japan is the perfect time to start. With luck, I will be able to finish it before the school year is over… in March.

  2. Ōkami-kun,

    I am glad they will animate the story again, but I don’t have any high hopes 😛

    It is a good book to read when you have time 🙂

    – – –

    Yes, the art is good, we’ll see how it will turn out 🙂

  3. I guess you’ll blog this one at winter right? I’m slowly creating my winter anime 2009 post and this is one of my top choices that would turned out great from what I see, so far ^_^.

  4. Yes, the anime sounds good, and it is likely that I’ll blog about it. I look forward to your Winter 2009 anime list 🙂 I am going to make one too, but I’ll cover some individual shows first, and then I’ll post the weekly schedule – just like I did with the Fall season 🙂

  5. I for one am looking forward to this. Wasn’t the Tale of Genji one of the first novels to be written of the modern era? I remember briefly reading about it a few years ago, but watching an anime adaptation will be quite interesting.

  6. Yes, it is considered one of the most ancient surviving full-length novel in the world. Don’t expect Legend of the Galactic Heroes though – only 11 episodes are planned so far.

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