Shōjo Tsubaki (少女椿, “The Camellia Girl”) is a stock protagonist of kamishibai during its revival in early Shōwa period Japan. The character and her story is traditionally attributed to a creator known as Seiun, though the plagiarism and retelling in sundry variants that was the norm for popular-proving tales make its true origin uncertain. Generally speaking, the character is a stereotypical adolescent or preadolescent ingénue, a daughter of a penniless family who goes from selling camellias on the streets to being sold or forced to perform in a revue show.
The character is known to western and contemporary Japanese audiences predominantly by way of Suehiro Maruo‘s ero guro reinterpretation in comics, first in a short story as part of an anthology and then in a full-length graphic novel of the same name (published in English as Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show), and Hiroshi Harada’s semi-animated film based on Maruo’s version, screened at film festivals and released on DVD-Video with English subtitles as Midori.
48 minutes, color, widescreen, and inclues the trailer. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!