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.
like this tale, sadly the sound killed me ears otherwise it would've been much better
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)
-Fast Paced. Too fast to follow along with what is going on.
-Art is what
i think to be Kinemacolor. Which to me is a more refined looked to the black and white outlook.
- Art looked nice and crisp
Sound - silent film
no use of text or voices plus fast moving art made the character bio a coin toss if you will. Or in other words you the viewer determine what was said but good luck it is pretty hard to figure out.
So many things went wrong with this production. From speed to it being silent, no words. It was like rather than you watching an everyday anime you were viewing this while sleeping. Perfect example when i think about it. Given the speed of how things play out and your recollection to how things went at the end. A complete mess not worth your time unless you are an art student.
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
it within the context that it was made, not compare it to later anime.
The plot itself is an engaging one - a simple story of a fisherman briefly visiting an enchanting undersea world. Modern viewers may find the pace is too rapid to fully understand what is going on, but bear in mind that since this was silent film it was almost certainly preceded by an explanation of the story before the film actually began when it originally aired.
Visually, I did not find this film to be very impressive. The backgrounds are overly simple, the characters' design are not very expressive, and some instances of motion don't have enough middle frames to fully convey the motion. Yes, this is only 1918, but I think every one of these aspects was done better by The Dull Blade, an even earlier Japanese animation film from the year prior, or in Urashima Tarou's western contemporaries such as The Sinking of the Lusitania.
All that being said, Urashima Tarou is decently animated, better than many other short animation films from the same period. I feel that it ranks just below average for its era in terms of quality and novelty.
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
opportunity to watch this near ancient piece.
Though lacking in aesthetics, it was funny to see the way the animators created the illusions of aquatic life underneath our fisherman protagonist, as well as the scenes underneath the sea itself.
Oddly enough, the whole backdrop was red colored, either due to the fragility and damage over time done to the original stills or thats just how twas back than. NANDA TO?! O>o
Supposedly filmed and/ or hand drawn by people at a japanese company listed at the films end, called Y.N .& Co., there is a picute of a young gal point to japanese words that, maybe, say "thanks for watching" but I could not tell. Also there is a backwards 87, likely the number of frames of single pictures that made up this historic gem. I though it was funny to see the protagonist end up old, like he had spent too much time or all his life nearly underwater be the films end, which made me chuckle at how much old things remind us that people have always been people, now and forevermore. Give it a watch at :