Legend of the Millennium Dragon

Legend of the Millennium Dragon (2011)
Onigamiden (original title)
Screenplay by Naruhisa Arakawa & Hirotsugu Kawasaki, based on the novel by Takafumi Takada; directed by Hirotsugu Kawasaki

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jun Tendo, a shy boy whose father has died in a tragic train accident, is magically transported into Japan’s medieval past. Sorcerer Gen’un hails Jun as the savior in a violent, long-running war between humans and monstrous Oni. Gen’un assigns a young warrior named Raiko to mentor Jun. Jun learns to control a dragon called Orochi. When Mizuha, a young Oni girl, is hurt Jun flies her home to find things aren’t quite what they seem.

The story is a jumbled mess and the animation is strictly low-budget. Some of the action sequences are interesting, but this film seems aimed for indiscriminating children.

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