Katsudou Shashin

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Synonyms: Matsumoto Fragment
Japanese: 活動写真


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
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Source: Original
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Duration: 3 sec.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 5.451 (scored by 33263,326 users)
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Ranked: #102702
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Popularity: #6533
Members: 5,576
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The film consists of a series of cartoon images on fifty frames of a celluloid strip and lasts three seconds at sixteen frames per second. It depicts a young boy in a sailor suit who writes the kanji characters "活動写真" (katsudou shashin, or "moving picture"), then turns towards the viewer, removes his hat, and offers a salute.

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The fragment was discovered in 2005, having been purchased with a private collection in Kyoto. The film was likely created between 1905 and 1911. If so, the film may be the oldest known piece of animation from Japan.

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Jun 5, 2016
CoryIsMyWaifu (All reviews)
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...

character - 1
there's a dude, he writes, bam done

enjoyment - 7
I love older stuff and history so this was super cool and interesting. Also, it was cute.

overall - 7
ya gotta forgive it, its from 1907! Overall, its the first and its good.
Nov 11, 2018
khattikeri (All reviews)
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
zombie_pegasus (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 27, 2017
AX3M (All reviews)
Story: 1/10
..'cause there's no story..

Art: 5/10
..it's very very old but still doesn't even look like one of the best art of its time..

Sound: 1/10
..I can't put 0, so let's settle for 1. Would be 2 if there were subs (dubs would be fine too!)

Character: 1/10
..amazing, give me any character that develops in 2-3 seconds.

Enjoyment: 7/10
..I really enjoyed watching the supposedly first anime ever created, it's like anime history is lifting her skirt a very tiny bit herself revealing a birthmark on one of her thighs for you to see for yourself.

Overall: 5/10
My formula -> (1+5+1+1+7+([8]*4))/9
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