Katsudou Shashin

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Synonyms: Matsumoto Fragment
Japanese: 活動写真


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Not available
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Source: Original
Duration: 3 sec.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.471 (scored by 42664,266 users)
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Ranked: #114982
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Popularity: #6647
Members: 7,167
Favorites: 22

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A young boy dressed in sailor attire and a bright red cap is shown to write the Japanese kanji characters translating to the phrase "moving picture." As he completes writing the phrase, he faces toward the viewer and bows.

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Katsudou Shashin consists of fifty frames of celluloid strip in its three-second duration, with sixteen frames per second. Discovered in 2004, having been purchased with a private collection in Kyoto, it is suspected to have been created between 1905 and 1911. This would make it one of the oldest pieces of animation from Japan.

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Jun 5, 2016
This could very well be the first anime. Some say it might be from 1907! So i'm going to be lenient, super lenient.

story - 0
There is none, it's just a 5 second long clip of a boy writing.

art - 8
very good! At least, I like it. It's also very interesting, showing the style of the time

sound - 0
its a silent film so...
Nov 11, 2018
Obviously the conventional rules for reviews aren't going to apply here, since there isn't a story, sound, or characterization to speak of. The art is cute, and my enjoyment was high since I personally like history a lot.

Katsudou Shashin ("Moving Picture") from 1907 is the oldest "anime" ever. Over a hundred years ago... it really leaves you in awe.

I love seeing bits and pieces of history like this, so even if this is only about three seconds long and has no real story elements to it like modern anime, I do think it's a masterpiece, especially given the time period it was made in.

Sep 21, 2017
At only three seconds long, the shortest anime ever made, this was intended to be short and sweet, but not because the story didn’t need to be long. This was created around the year 1910 when the concept of animation had only been recently introduced to Japan and so as a still experimental storytelling style they hadn’t developed a cheap enough way to create more animation than this. With 50 frames in total this was as much as they could muster and the end of it doesn’t even look like it’s complete, but considering its age this is acceptable. After all, this wasn’t intended to ...

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