Buddha: The Great Departure

Synopsis: 2005 years ago in India, a boy named Siddhartha Gautama of the kingdom Shakya is born. When Siddhartha was born there was a prophecy that the boy would become a king of all the kingdoms. At that time various kingdoms were continuously raging wars with each other. When the boy attained puberty, he associated with people from the lower class like Migaila a girl who was known as a thief. Siddhartha began to have doubts about the strict class system even though he is raised in luxury as a future king. Later, the powerful kingdom of Kosala attacks the kingdom of Shakya. Both sides fight fiercely. The commander of Kosala's army is the general's son Chapra. He is thought of as the most brave soldier in the kingdom of Kosala. Chapra was actually born into slavery but hid his background. By the general's order he came all the way up into his current position. Chapra wants to make a successful career for himself and Siddhartha abondons his family's wealth to find Tao. These two opposite persons
111 min

Did you bring this?

Ah? You want me to light a fire?

This story has been passed

down as the experience

of Makkhali Gosala-sama

who was Asita-sama's mentor.

Makkhali Gosala-sama

was surprised by

an exceptional case.

And with that he understood

cycle of causes of the world.

Na radatta


I feel a strong power in the

south. You go down tomorrow

and go south to

find someone elegant.

Yes, Asita-sama. But

Who is that person

That person is someone who

might be the king of the world.


Looks like the beasts in the forest

are trying to tell us something.

What the...

Your Highness, the Queen



Your Highness.

Maya, is it true?


I dreamed that

a glorious white

elephant with six teeth

went into my body.

What an extraordinary dream.

Yes, even the beasts in the forest

acted as if they were waiting

nxiously for something as well.

Human beings and

everything else on earth

are celebrating for it as well.


Monsoon season is coming soon.

However, the rivers

show no signs of drying.

That's right.

May be

we have been blessed

with a great life.

I think this boy that will be born

will bring something

good to the world.

A great gift that is

unlimited like the sky.

In the past, at the

foothills of the Himalayas,

beside the Indian

River, there is a race.

They are the Aryans.

They have conquered

Indian natives in

the south and the east

and appoint themselves as the King.

Many countries have

been born in many places.

Today, it has become

the great empire Kosala

and conquered the

lush country Shakya.



Hey, watch your steps.

Sorry, I was in a hurry.

Oh? Items that you're

carrying is good.

This is a very important package.

Give it to me, and

I can forgive you.

Damn it, do not run!

You guys, don't let him get away!

Alright! Got it!

Do not run!

Where did he go?

Damn it.

Do not let me see you next time.

Do not cry.


The fabric cost

comparable to 5-6 slaves.

Please forgive him.

I'm begging you. Allow

me to replace him

Your body is precious. If you

are hurt, the price will fall.

Well, I will give you a chance.

Return the fabric to me.

But, if you fail to

do so in three days,

I will sell your mother.

Got it?

I must get the fabric back.

Chapra, are you ok?

Do not separate me and my mother

Hey, thief! Thief!

Seize that boy!


You will not be able to escape.

Stop kidding.

This boy is a slave.

Get him.

Bastard, is there nothing I can do?

If I did not return

the fabric quickly...

What are you whispering about?

Ah, you

Give me back the fabric!

What is so funny?

You come to our places alone.

I really want to

compliment your courage.

Let us greet you.


Oh? He was quite good at fighting.

You can throw stones, right?

This fluff will not be

effective against us.

No one will come and save you

even if you scream.

Give it back to me

If I did not return the fabric

What a shabby house

You're awake?

Ah, ouch...

Do not move, I'll ask

sister to come and treat you.

Oh, do not move.

What is it? You do not like it?

It is cooked with weeds at

the roadside. Bitter, right?

I am Tatta. Your Name?


Sorry, I had sold the fabrics

that you wanted to return.


In our view,

it is our right to steal

from others and to survive.

You were spacing out when

you're walking, right?

Shut up.

If I did not return the

fabric, my mother will be sold.

I will not be able to see her again.

Let me help your mother.


You are mine.

If you look tense and

difficult while you're walking,

your value will decrease.

Walk faster.

Pity. Will they be

sold to a slave market?


Chapra, wait here no

matter what happens.

This time the slave

market is very lively.

You should be sold at better prices.






What an extraordinary power...

Perhaps it is this child?


Bansai, Kosala!


Kosala army intended to

attack the Kapila City.

Kapila City?

It is the national

capital of Shakya.

Kosala try to conquer

the fertile country.

With this, they will

go through our village!



Advance, beat them! Kill them!

That person is the leader.

Mother, sister.

I must take revenge

Tatta, I will help as well.

Look at the format

of our Kosala army.

Shakya would have surrendered.

Let us celebrate.


There's so many people. How are

we going to get near the leader?

Leave it to me. I have an idea.

Sorry, I would like

to borrow your body.


Who is that? After it, hurry!

What is the matter?

Make way! Crush him!

General, General!

Oh no!

Boy, you're quite bold.


Kill him!

Locusts, a large group of locusts!

Get lost!


Remain in your position!

Tatta, pursue the leader!

You will not be able to escape.

Please help me.

Is there anyone there?

Wow! Help! Crocodile, crocodile!

Die, enemy of Tatta!

Please help me!

What exactly do I want?

Become slave that

is tortured to death?

Please, please


I'm sorry...

I want to use this person.

This person is a chance of a

life that is bestowed by the God.

Tatta, I want to go to Kosala

and use the Kosala

army led by this man.

Then I sure will be popular.

We can only live in

poverty in this condition.

Your Highness, the

Kosala army had retreated

from the Rohini river in one night.


There's a locust invasion, and

the enemy's food has been destroyed

and they had to pull back.

General Pudai of the

Kosala Army I was gone, too.

This is great.

Maya, how are you doing?

I'm fine.

That's great.

The war can be avoided

because of this child.

With this, your way

home will be safe.

Ah, I will go back for delivery.

Thank you for your

understanding, Tatta.

Tatta, go back and tell my mother.

Someday, I will come back for her.

Okay. Go, Tatta!

Ah, that is

General Pudai!

General Pudai is seriously

injured. Get the doctor.

General Pudai!

Treat him, hurry!

Ah General Pudai.

Is it you? The one who saved me

General You can not move yet.

Come here.

How can I repay you?

Please rest well.

My condition is bad.

Well? How about you follow me?

I' m honou red, General

Stop the sedan.

My Lady, My Lady...

If you wanted to go home,

we had to cross the Rohini river.

Let's spend the night

by the river today.

How's the Queen?

She is resting.

Well, we must be careful.


There's no wind at all.

The leaves do not move

as well. This is

What is happening?

This warm light

It's as if the whole

forest is alive.

He's born!

The Prince is born!

Ah, this is

The Heir to Shakya was born.

Congratulations, Your Highness!

Congratulations to the Shakya!

The whole world is blessing you.

What an extraordinary boy.

My Lady!

My Lady!

The Queen is in danger!

Hurry back to the city!


Come and see. This is our baby.

I've thought of a name.

How about Siddhartha?


It means Someone people

who achieve his goal.

What a great name.



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Reiko Yoshida

Reiko Yoshida (吉田 玲子, Yoshida Reiko) is a Japanese screenwriter and manga artist. She has written and supervised numerous screenplays for anime series, live-action dramas and films. Her major works include Kasumin, Kaleido Star, Aria, Maria-sama ga Miteru, D.Gray-man, K-On!, Bakuman and Girls und Panzer. In more recent works, she has supervised the screenplays for Majestic Prince, Non Non Biyori, A Town Where You Live, Tamako Market, Yowamushi Pedal and Castle Town Dandelion. In films, she wrote the screenplay for The Cat Returns, the original films that would make up Digimon: The Movie, Kyoto Animation’s hit anime film A Silent Voice, and the film adaptations of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha, the last one's second film was given a stamp of approval by the Dalai Lama. She wrote the story for the manga series Tokyo Mew Mew along with illustrator Mia Ikumi. Among her works, she was recognized for Best Screenplay/Original Work for Girls und Panzer at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival in 2014, and she won another Best Screenplay/Original Work award in 2017. In 2018, she wrote the screenplay for Violet Evergarden which aired on TV in Japan and is licensed by Netflix. more…

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