How Anime Has Changed Over The Past 100 Years

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Can you believe it? Japan has been making animation for over a hundred years. Let’s see how things have changed!


As Japan Trends points out, the clip below begins with Namakura Gatana, a silent four-minute short made in 1917 but only discovered in 2008. 

Other cartoons and stop motion animation follow for a total of 122 works that show how far anime has come. 


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Japans OWNS animation. The styles and the stories are unequaled anywhere.

Sure, there are plenty of groaners, but there are far more good and great productions than are not.

And while they are a feast for the eyes, the stories as told are even more amazing.