Kagirinaki Rakuen (partially found Hiroshi Harada anime film; 1981)
Kagirinaki Rakuen (限りなき楽園), or in English and better known as Limitless Paradise, is a 40-minute amateur anime film directed, animated and made completely by Hiroshi Harada in 1981, an animator notoriously known for his works in the "ero-guro" genre and for his controversial film, Midori.. It was then screened in the following years in 1982, 1986 and lastly in 1988 and since then, has never been shown publicly and released in any form.
Harada had explained a brief rundown of the film that came from his blog which contains most of the information about Kagirinaki Rakuen. The rundown goes as follows:
高校生達が学校への不満から、高校を占拠し立てこもる。 しかし明確な方針や理念を持たなかった生徒達は やがて分裂を起こしてバラバラになってしまうというストーリー。
When translated to English, it goes as follows:
High school students occupy the high school out of dissatisfaction with the school. However, the story is that the students who do not have a clear policy or philosophy eventually split and fall apart.
Harada had worked and made this film in his third year in high school in an 8mm film strip using patch tape, rather than a roll splicing tape. This, unfortunately, caused it to degrade in the quality and health of the film strip. Additionally, it also got heavily damaged by the wind entering the strip's surface and the sweltering heat, as it caused various audio and visual damages to the entire film.
Aside from a rundown of the film's plot, there are three songs that are confirmed to have been used in the film, one is a song entitled "Child's Mind", an original song which was written and sung by Takafumi Miki (Harada's friend), and arranged by Harada himself. Another song, entitled "St. Louis Blues", an original song by Harada's cousin, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Additionally, Harada had composed an original score for the film that he had written when he was 16, entitled in the same name as his film, "Limitless Paradise", using a Porta Sound, a Yamaha DX100, and an RX2.
Aside from a few screenings of the film in 1982, 1986, and lastly in 1988, the film was never shown publicly again. Though, Harada himself had expressed embarrassment and contemplation about the film's release. Additionally, with the original 8mm film strip being heavily damaged, it is likely to take a long time for it to be fully digitized. Aside from that, multiple advertisements for the film have been uploaded by different users and are available online to be viewed.
On December 22nd, 2020, Harada's new production company, Kiriokan, confirmed on their official Twitter account, @kiyubaru, that the film's plot depicts school struggles such as clashes between high school students and riot police. Additionally, the thread also gives more information on Harada's early works and also gives more drawn stills from the film, and footage from the film that had been re-shot.. This has been the only resurfaced footage of the film as of 2022, albeit re-shot.
- AnimeNewsNetwork page about Hiroshi Harada and his works.
- Hiroshi Harada's blog site and portfolio.
- Hiroshi Harada's production company, Kiriokan''s official page.
- MyAnimeList forum thread on Limitless Paradise
- r/LostMedia post and thread on Limitless Paradise
- Another r/LostMedia post and thread on Limitless Paradise
- LMW Forums thread on Limitless Paradise
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Limitless Paradise' entry on Hiroshi Harada's official blog site.
- ↑ MyAnimeList page on Limitless Paradise
- ↑ "Child's Mind" description that credits Harada and Miki.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harada's blog post about his original score "Limitless Paradise".
- ↑ Kiriokan's Twitter Status on Harada's thoughts on having Limitless Paradise release
- ↑ Tumblr blog post on Limitless Paradise advertisement
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Kiriokan's Twitter Status about Limitless Paradise.
- ↑ Kiriokan's Twitter Status on the re-shot footage of the film.
- ↑ Archive.org link on the footage from Kiriokan's official channel,