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Urashima Tarou

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Japanese: 浦島太郎


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 1, 1918
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Source: Other
Genres: Historical
Duration: 1 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Urashima Taro is based on a well-known Japanese folk tale about an honest fisherman who is invited to an underwater castle after saving a sea turtle on a beach from bullies.

(Source: forum.bcdb.com)


The film was made available online as part of the National Project for the Sustainability of Born-Digital Cinema, supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016.

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Kitayama, Seitarou
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Sep 20, 2014
-Alians- (All reviews)
Urashima Tarou is an old anime that is adapted from a very old Japanese legend. I took this way too seriously in my unedited review. However what i can say is that this one of the oldest anime and is a very good compare method to see how anime has grown throughout the generation. As for the anime itself. It's quite fun to watch with some super annoying sounds, i really do not have any idea why it made my ears bleed so hard. The story is quite good considering Urashima Tarou was a really lovely folktale. I think it's what brought people together.

I really read more
Apr 5, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Important Information to know in regard to this anime. There are three versions.
1918 (this one) directed by KITAYAMA, Seitaro (depending on source varies on time from 1 minute to 2) I found it to be a little over a minute.

1931 directed by Miyashita, Manzo (a little over a minute long)

1952 directed by KATAOKA, Yoshitaro ( about 5 minutes long/ HAVE NOT SEE THIS YET WILL CHANGE IF NEEDED WHEN I DO SEE IT)

rate a 3
Japanese raw(mind you there is just a title page. Otherwise there is no words nor voices)
art film

-Fast Paced. Too fast to follow along with what is going on.
-Art is what read more
Apr 4, 2017
aniMayor (All reviews)
First of all, please note that there are multiple versions of Urashima Taro. This MAL entry is for the 1918 silent short film, and it is only about 60 seconds long. If you are watching a version with narration, with any sort of sound, or that is longer than a minute (as I suspect the other review here was) this is the wrong MAL page.

With that out of the way, Urashima Tarou is (as of this writing) the 3rd-oldest Japanese animated film known to exist and obviously a very early prototype of what anime would one day become, and I will attempt to judge read more
Feb 13, 2019
AnchientProphet2 (All reviews)
Having accidentally seen the 1931 version, I finally came upon the real, 1918 version, and as a fan of very antiquated things, I loved it!

Though from the silent era, when animation was less about even using cell, which had not really come around yet even in america, and simply about what seemingly amounted to motion capturing different pictures- frame, after frame, after frame.
BUt growing up with claymation shows as a child, I dont hate this.

ON my quest to see much anime, I of course could not pass up any of the oldest still available to watch, and I encourage others to not pass up the read more


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