Ojiisan no Lamp

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Synonyms: Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2010 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2010, Ojii-san no Lamp, Grandfather's Lamp, Project A
Japanese: おぢいさんのランプ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 5, 2011
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Original
Genre: DramaDrama
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 24 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.531 (scored by 94559,455 users)
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Ranked: #15882
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Popularity: #4288
Members: 19,213
Favorites: 12

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When a young boy named Tooichi stumbles upon an old lamp in his grandfather's shed, he mistakes it for a toy and takes it outside to play. When his grandfather discovers this, he reprimands the boy and begins recounting the story behind the artifact—of how a small, traditional Japanese town became Westernized.

In his youth, Tooichi's grandfather, Minosuke, made a living by doing errands and chores for the townspeople. After one errand takes him to a nearby town, he witnesses Western lamps—a technology unfamiliar to him—light up the streets, igniting a spark in the young boy. From that moment on, lamps became Minosuke's passion and profession, changing his and the townspeople's lives forever.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan invested 214 million yen ($2.26 million) in "Young Animator Training Project" and entrusted the execution of the project to Japan Animation Creators Association (JaniCA). JaniCA produced four original anime (23 min long with OP and ED sequences) in cooperation with four production studios. Ojiisan no Lamp was one of these four projects. Ojiisan no Lamp also won the 2011 Future Animator Contest.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hirata, Mana


Shimizu, Risa


Takiguchi, Teiichi
Kikuta, Hiromi
Sound Director
Shiratori, Emiko
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance
Haketa, Takefumi


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Onii-chan (おにいちゃん)" by Crazy Ken Band

Ending Theme

"Negai Tomosu Koro e (願い灯す頃へ)" by Emiko Shiratori

Jul 4, 2011
neonoen (All reviews)
Due to the lack of free time which is supposed to be allotted for my daily serving of anime, I resorted to watching short anime films and such. Of course, I was hoping to find something as magnificent yet light as Tsumiki no Ie. Then I stumbled upon the 4 short anime shows that comprised the 2010 Young Animators' Training Project. As the name of the said endeavor implies, its an on-the-job-training project funded by the Japanese Animation Creators Association to train fresh aspiring animators. Although I found it not as touching, unique and outstanding as Tsumiki no Ie, this anime collection was still worth read more
Mar 18, 2015
literaturenerd (All reviews)

My quest to review the entries of the 2011 Future Animator Contest continues with the one shot anime that won the contest and was widely considered the best. That anime is Grandfather’s Lamp.

The story starts in 1930s Japan when a young boy comes across an old oil lamp and is quick to discard it. This displeases the boy’s grandfather, who proceeds to tell the young boy the importance that the lamp played in his life. When he was his grandson’s age, the grandpa worked in a rice field rather than attend school and had to use flint and tinder to start fires. When the read more
May 22, 2012
kekekeKaj (All reviews)
Times are constantly changing; old technologies are continuously being replaced by new. Sometimes though, it's not easy to let go of something outdated, especially if it has played a central part in one's life. In essence, this is what happens in "Grandfather's Lamp", when an aged protagonist Minosuke tells his grandson about the role lamps played in his life.

Being one of the 2010 Young Animators' Training Project, the artwork has a simplistic beauty about it and seems to have been done with great care. The shading of the eyes is a little weird - they have these dull colourings that are often used in other read more
Mar 15, 2013
5camp (All reviews)
Young Animator Training Project/Anime Mirai short reviews: Part 1/12

The first, and many people argue the best, of the young animator training projects. It has the highest ranking on MAL anyway. It tells the very human story of a guy who followed his dream and started up a lamp business, only to see it crumble in the face of new technology. The tone is perhaps a touch on the maudlin side, with a lot of “oh gosh aint this sad”, but it does an excellent job of humanising the story. The man’s transition from childlike wonder at the lamps to a successful business family man is read more

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