Tezuka Osamu no Kyuuyaku Seisho Monogatari: In the Beginning

In The Beginning: The Bible Stories

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Synonyms: Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament
Japanese: 手塚治虫の旧約聖書物語 In The Beginning
English: In The Beginning: The Bible Stories
Spanish: Historias de la Biblia
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1997 to May 9, 1997
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Book
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 6.441 (scored by 395395 users)
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Ranked: #69802
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Popularity: #10886
Members: 1,980
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Through the Italian National Broadcasting Network, Tezuka Osamu received an ardent request from the Vatican to make the Bible into animated form. This request was probably made to see how the Bible would be depicted by the non-Christian Tezuka Osamu. Tezuka Osamu accepted the request and spent an entire two years to complete a pilot film. It was about the mythology of Noah's ark, with the enthusiastic Tezuka Osamu not only writing the scenario but also drawing pictures by himself. During production, however, he unfortunately passed away, so Director Dezaki took over the film and completed it.

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Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Sound Director
Tezuka, Osamu
Character Design, Original Creator, Series Composition
Sugino, Akio
Animation Director


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May 27, 2017
I loved this anime as a kid!!!! I used to visit a lending library in town with my dad when I was about 7 and we used to watch these Bible stories together; great memories! Very accurate and true to the Scriptures. I would recommend this to parents for teaching their kids about the faith and for their overall enjoyment. (Note: The first episode of the Japanese version contains minor nudity (Adam and Eve) which was edited in the English dubbed version.)

Story: 10/10

As there were many theological advisors, Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant alike, who assisted both directors, the stories were impeccably told.

Art: 6/10

Not great, ...
Jan 17, 2019
Preliminary (21/26 eps)
While I am writing this when I have not completed the anime. I would like to state that this is so good that both me and a friend (my friend having watched only one episode) decide to buy the cd online. YouTube only has episodes 1 - 21 and 25. This covers only the old testaments. It wouldn't be a understatement to say this has brought me closer to God. Actually seeing the struggles of the Jews during the Moses arc, their worry, doubts, and struggles, makes me want to celebrate Passover. While reading the bible is amazing, seeing it makes it feel real. ...

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