Summer Days with Coo

Synopsis: Kochi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in the suburb of Tokyo. One day he picks up a large stone which turns out to be a fossil of a baby "Kappa" (a mythical Japanese water creature) sleeping underground for the past 300 years, and names it "Coo". Koichi and Coo become good friends and starts living with his family. However, Coo could not adjust to life in Tokyo and starts to miss his family. On a hot summer day, Koichi and Coo decide to go on an adventurous road trip to find his own kind.
Director(s): Keiichi Hara
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
138 min

Daddy, have you ever seen a dragon?

Yeah, once, when I was little.

There was a serious drought, so the elders summoned him to make it rain.

Are dragons scary?

Sure, they're scary. But they're kind gods.


Idiot, don't eat things like fireflies.

Dragons are scary, but these days, humans are even scarier.

They've come.

Daddy's going to have a talk with them first. Go and hide in the grass around here.

What? But I wanna go too!


I'll call you when we finish talking and then-"

This, right?

That's right. Bring it over when I call you.

You can give it to him.

Doesn't this carp look delicious?

I'd do anything to have this.

You'll be able to catch something like this in no time.

You reckon?


Now, hurry up and hide somewhere.


Get down lower.

Daddy, something feels weird tonight. Be careful.

I know.

My plate feels really dry tonight...

Well, I'm drunk, but in a pleasant way.

I apologize sincerely for keeping you so late.

Me too. I stayed too long.

Don't say such things. Please come by again.

I can't come up with money that way all the time, you know"

No! I didn't mean it in that way!

It's easy to rewrite account books, but you'll never know when they'll suspect you...

Moreover, the superiors are so bothersome these days.

Please be careful.

I keep it at a level where they won't find out.

After all, we're just turning land into farmland; not that more farmland is needed.

Our nests are being feathered in place of the farmers'.



Ah! I didn't mean to scare you!

Please excuse me.

I won't take much of your time. Could you please listen to my story for a second?

I actually have a request to an official such as yourself.

A request? About what?


I'm someone who's living in the Ryuujin swamp.

According to rumors I've heard, there's a plan to reclaim the Ryuujin swamp and turn it into a paddy field.

That plan... Could you please reconsider it?

If you take the swamp away from us, we can't live.

Please, reconsider it.

This is beyond a meek monster like yourself.

P-Please forgive my rudeness!

You! Kappa... You were listening to our conversation, weren't you?

Well, I couldn't hear what you were talking about...

But you were talking and looking pleased...

Stop lying!

If I don't stop the reclamation, you're going to tell the local magistrate what you heard, isn't that right?!

H-Hold on please!

What are you talking about? I didn't hear anything!

Stop pretending that you didn't hear! Trying to blackmail a samurai? Outrageous!

F-Forgive us! Forgive us!

Idiot! Don't come here!

Daddy! This! Give this and-"

Forget it and go back!

Samurai-sama, you can have this carp, so please don't get angry with us!

Please forgive Daddy!

Be quiet!

Shimizu-sama! Be on guard, there may be others too!

N-No! There aren't any others! Just us!

Let's run! They're gonna attack us at any moment!

Officer! Please calm down!



I-It's a curse!

So not fair! Bali island?

I'm going to Hokkaido!

I'm going to my dad's home village.

Jeez, am I the only one without a holiday plan?

This is serious. It's already July. Summer holidays are gonna start real soon.

What about your parents' home towns? You're not planning to visit them?

Both of my parents come from Saitama, so they said it's too close.

Hey, where's Bali island?

Dunno. Somewhere in the South.

What's there?

Erm... the sea?

Are you stupid? You better know more about it.

I'll find out once I get there. It doesn't matter!

Damn you!

Eugh! Lame Kikuchi!

Kou-chan fancies Kikuchi?

Stop kidding! No way!

See ya!

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Keiichi Hara

Keiichi Hara (原 恵一, Hara Keiichi, born July 24, 1959 in Tatebayashi, Gunma) is a Japanese director of animated films. more…

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