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WWI-era anime soon to be displayed! ...In Tokyo. But still displayed

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Yes, that was only one I: according to Digital World Tokyo, citing Osamu Tezuka as the father of anime is a little silly--he's the Big One for modern anime, perhaps, in all its doe-eyed and tentacled glory, but not stuff as far back as 1917 and '18. This fine bit of yellow-'n-black work is Namakura Katana (An Obtuse Katana); this two-minute film and its likewise brief companian, Urashima Taro - remember him from Okami? Yeah, I thought not...it's a fairy tale, more on that later - were found at an antique fair last year in amazingly good condition. I mean, seriously, think of all the crap Japan has been through physically in the last 80 or so years, earthquakes and fires and big ol' bombs and stuff, and then think that these made it through okay. That's pretty awesome.

Less awesomely, these go on display April 24 at the National Film Center...in Tokyo. D'oh! Well, cheers to priceless history being preserved and shared freely with all the little nerdlings who might otherwise be too busy thinking up seasonal buffoonery


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