Katsudou Shashin

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Synonyms: Matsumoto Fragment
Japanese: 活動写真


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Not available
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
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Source: Original
Duration: 3 sec.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Ranked: #113802
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Popularity: #6843
Members: 7,800
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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...
Jan 27, 2017
Mixed Feelings
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
Sep 1, 2019
The oldest known anime to have originated from Japan.

Made in the year 1907, that is the estimate. The creator? Unknown.

Found among old films and projectors acquired from an old Kyoto family in 2004 is a short filmstrip animation titled Katsudou Shashin also known as "Matsumoto fragment" is a short anime of two to three seconds of a school boy writing the words "活動写真" on a blackboard which translates roughly to "Moving Pictures", he then proceeds to take his red hat off and bows. And that's it.

I can give you the technical aspects of it, but I don't really care. There's nothing special about it. ...

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abystoma2 - Apr 20, 2016
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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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