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


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Ranked: #116122
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Popularity: #6998
Members: 8,312
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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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Mar 15, 2024
I can't say much about it as it is only 3sec long but still les give it a try.

~This is the first ever anime made by Japan (A country that gives us more than 150 anime every year to watch) so, this proves how much the animation industry has progressed.
~This anime is so, old that nobody even knows the exact date of when it was aired or who the author/animator is speculation is that it was aired around 1907-1912.
~Story: You can't expect a story from a 3 sec anime that is a century old. N/10
~Art: The art is great for its time. 7/10
~Character: ...
Mar 16, 2023
Mixed Feelings
An insightful glimpse into the Japanese zeitgeist of old. Biting and poignant, the unnamed protagonist clearly symbolizes the conflict between the Ego and the Superego, actualizing the subconscious desire for societal rebellion. Though some may say the animation is lackluster, I would argue that it is a stylistic choice. Akin to James Joyce's clever wordsmithing, the frames here mash and collide in a bombastic display of eccentricity and phlogiston. But, as much as it pains me to admit, the pacing is a bit on the wandering side. The protagonist's arc is lethargic, albeit satisfying. But that is nowhere near as egregious as the changes that ...
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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