Origins of Anime

© Toei Animation
© Toei Animation

Lately I watched for the first time really old anime. They made me realize how little my knowledge still is about one of my most loved hobbies. I’m not talking about Astro Boy and the stuff from the 70s or 80s, I’m talking about the first japanese Animations ever. So I thought, probably you would be interested in it, too. Unfortunately there are no subtitles, but I’m sure you’ll be able to understand what happens.

Katsudou Shashin 1907
One of the probably oldest existing Japanese animations. Natsuki Matsumoto discovered this film in 2005. The film consists of a series of cartoon images on fifty frames of a celluloid strip and lasts three seconds at sixteen frames per second, a special painting technique (Kappa-ban 合羽版) was used to bring the painting in red and black on the celluloids.

Urashima Taro 1918
This animated film was produced by Seitaro Kitayama in 1918, which was found in March 2008 again. The film is an adaptation of the folk tale of the fishermen Urashima Tarō who’s traveling to an underwater world on a turtle.

Kobu Tori 1929
Was directed by Chuzo Aoji and Yasuji Murata for the production studio Yokohama Cinema Shokai. Also was the screenplay and story written by Chuzo Aoji.

Tengu Taiji 1934
Made by Noburō Ōfuji one of the most notable auteurs of anime of the first half of the 20th century (one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, the Mainichi Film Awards’ Ōfuji Noburō Award, is named after him), he worked primarily with cutout and silhouette animation.

Momotarou: Umi no Shinpei 1945
Is the first Japanese feature-length animated film. It was directed by Mitsuyo Seo, who was ordered to make a propaganda film for World War II by the Japanese Naval Ministry. Shochiku Moving Picture Laboratory shot the 74-minute film in 1944 and screened it on April 12, 1945. It is a sequel to Momotarō no Umiwashi made in 1943.

Koneko no Rakugaki 1957
Was the first anime production of the nowadays still well known Tōei Animation -Studios directed by Yasuji Mori. Some of Tōei Animations biggest hits were famous titles like Dragonball, Sailor Moon, Digimon and One Piece.

That wasn’t enough for you to watch? Really? No problem because I made a playlist on my youtube channel. So check it out if you are further interested in it. 🙂

I also made another article in which I Included more examples for the propaganda animations from the Second World War but not only Japanese ones. If you are interested in it, check it out but please don’t forget the background to this topic. Last but not least I really hope you enjoyed this article, I will gladly appreciate your comments and thoughts about this topic and feel free to tell me about! Thank you very much for reading and watching!

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