Japan’s oldest anime

なまくら刀 – Namakura Katana

Namakura Katana & Urashima Taro

Two of Japan’s oldest animation films – a folk tale and a comedy about a samurai warrior – have been recovered more than 90 years after they premiered.

Junichi Kouchi‘sNamakura Katana (An Fine Sword), is believed to be the oldest Japanese animation film still in existence (1917). A comedy, the film relates the story of a samurai warrior who is tricked into buying a dull-edged sword. He tries to attack passers-by so as to examine the sword, but lower-class townspeople fight back and knock him down.

I repeat : The oldest anime is a comedy about a samurai warrior. It all started with Junichi Kouchi. It all started with a Samurai and a Smile. 😀

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