Urashima Tarou (supposed title)

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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
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 4.691 (scored by 17431,743 users)
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Ranked: #129732
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Popularity: #9919
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Urashima Tarou 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)

Note: The latest research has revealed that the film identified on this website as Urashima Tarou (supposed title), which was so named on the basis that it was believed to be a work by Seitaro Kitayama that was originally released in 1918, is actually a different film. Read more...

(Source: Japanese Animated Film Classics)

Note: Urashima Tarou (supposed title) is tinted in pink film. Not to be mistaken with Urashima Tarou (1931) which is a black and white film.


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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Feb 13, 2019
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 ...
Aug 14, 2017
Mixed Feelings
The other reviews mentioned the existence of three tellings of the same story so I won't harp on it too much, just mind that this review is for the 1918 animation (the one in the thumbnail) by Seitaro Kitayama.

The story is very short so there's not much to say about it, really. In this version, a boy capsizes at sea and meets a kind talking sea turtle who invites him to live under the sea and is then returned to firm land many years later as an old man.

The art and animation are simple but get the job done, this version doesn't make excessive use ...
Apr 4, 2017
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 ...

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