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Animated Classics of Japanese Literature: Botchan/Student Days DVD (S)

Botchan: Parts 1 & 2 by Soseki Natsume
Botchan, a recent graduate, sets out for his first teaching assignment, never anticipating what awaits him. He must contend with students who spy on him and pull nasty stunts and with a landlord who constantly tries to sell him worthless antiques.

While on a fishing trip to boost his spirits, Botchan suspects Hotta, his one friend in the village, is the cause of all of his misery. But this is just beginning of his problems? During a meeting to discuss the students' disrespectful behavior towards Botchan, the proposed punishment is surprisingly mild despite the severity of the acts.

Yet, Botchan's suspected adversary defends him! Were the other faculty members lying about Hotta? Botchan may soon discover the truth, for when evidence of the dean's activities surface, Botchan and Hotta must team up to corner the dean in his own scandalous game!

Student Days by Kume Masao
It's exam time and Kenkichi knows he must study hard if he is to be accepted at the prestigious Ichiko School. On the way home, he encounters Sumiko, a flamboyant young woman who accidentally drops a good luck charm. Retrieving it, he's concerned that the incident might bring her bad luck, but she is only delivering to her aunt's brother.

Kenkichi studies hard, but is disturbed by his brother's and friend's lack of resolve to study. Meanwhile, he meets Sumiko again and is surprised to learn that he is the intended recipient of the good luck charm. How will the results of the exam be affected by his superstition?

DVD Features: Author Biographies, Trailers, Art Gallery, Scripts, Cast & Production Credits.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.


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