100 years of anime (1/2)

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the anime celebrated on last April, I would like to review with you the most important milestones of this journey and to see its evolution throughout these years.

To complete this analysis, you can listen to my intervention on La sección más animada – in Spanish – of the radio program Seriemanía, that you can find at the end of this post.

Ola Akira Hikawa

Ukiyo-e of The Great Wave – 1832

As I say on the program, the first film with images still today is Hekonai Hanawa and its new sword, from 1917.

A new term was born in 1927 – the cutout, the precursor of the stop motion. It was used for the first time on the film Kujira, and it had a remake in 1952. You can watch it below if you feel curious.

On the podcast I talk about the ukiyo-e and on this post I show you one of the most famous, The Great Wave.

I recommend you to have a look to the first colour animated film in Japan, The Tale of the White Serpent – dubbed in Spanish – , created by the great studio Toei.


Another anime I have to talk about is Sazae-san, the longest animated series of all times – 7600 episodes so far and the TV show is not over yet… Here you can find the first episode aired on 1969, dubbed in Portuguese.

For the next week I will talk about the second half of this special, with anime that, for sure, you will all know.

Terms used in this episode of La sección más animada:

Stop motion: technique used in animation that consists in doing a sequence with frames of inanimated objects so that it looks like they move by themselves.

Shoujo: manga or anime for young women.

Studio Ghibli: the animation studio where masterpieces like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke come from.

Here you can listen the special of 100 años de anime: