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Anime Film History 1981

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byKonkonRika
Aug 20 2023, 6:19 AM | Updated Feb 11, 1:22 PM
Every cinema or direct to video anime film that came out in 1981.

1980: https://myanimelist.net/stacks/34002
1982: https://myanimelist.net/stacks/34007

Missing on MyAnimeList:
- Horikawa Hiromichi 堀川弘通 (1916-2012), "Mister Giants Eikō no Sebangō 3" ミスター・ジャイアンツ 栄光の背番号3(Mister Giants Glory Number 3), Japan, 1981.
- Kim Seong-chil 김성칠, "Gugugui taeyang seongung isunsin" 구국의 태양 성웅 이순신 (Sun-Shin Yi, the Sun of Salvation), South Korea, 1981.
21 Emon Uchuu e Irasshai!
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Shibayama Tsutomu 芝山努
Studio: Shin'ei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Fujimoto Hiroshi 藤本弘 (1933-1996), "21 Emon" 21エモン, manga series, 1968-1981.
Adapted screenplay by Tsuji Masaki 辻真先.
Anime-ban Toukaidou Yotsuya Kaidan
Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Ōtsuka Yasuo 大塚康生 (1931-2021) & Sawada Ryūji 澤田竜司
Country: Japan
Based on: Tsuruya Nanboku IV 四代目 鶴屋 南北 (1755-1829), "Tōkaidō Yotsuya Kaidan" 東海道四谷怪談 (Ghost Story of Yotsuya in Tokaido), kabuki play, 1825.
Arano no Sakebi Koe: Hoero, Buck
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Morishita Kōzō 森下孝三
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Jack London (1876-1916), "The Call of the Wild", adventure novel, USA, 1903.
Adapted screenplay by Fujikawa Keisuke 藤川桂介.
Tenth animated special produced for Fuji TV's "Nissei Family Special" 日生ファミリースペシャル program.
Ashita no Joe 2 (Movie)
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Dezaki Osamu 出﨑統 (1943-2011)
Studio: Tōkyō Movie Shinsha, Japan
Based on: Takamori Asaki 高森朝樹 (1936-1987), "Ashita no Joe" あしたのジョー (Tomorrow's Joe), manga series, 1968-1973.
Adapted screenplay by Fukuda Yōichirō 福田陽一郎 (1932-2010).
Second compilation film of Dezaki Osamu, "Ashita no Joe" あしたのジョー (Tomorrow's Joe), anime series, 1970-1971.
Bokura Mangaka: Tokiwasou Monogatari
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Fukushima Kazumi 福島一三, Suzuki Shin'ichi 鈴木伸一 & Umezawa Atsutoshi 梅澤淳稔
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on a screenplay by Tsuji Masaki 辻真先.
15th animated special produced for Fuji TV's "Nissei Family Special" 日生ファミリースペシャル program.
Bremen 4: Jigoku no Naka no Tenshi-tachi
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Sasagawa Hiroshi 笹川ひろし & Tezuka Osamu 手塚治虫 (1928-1989)
Studio: Tezuka Productions, Japan
Based on: Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) & Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), "Kinder- und Hausmärchen" (Grimms' Fairy Tales), collection of fairy tales, Germany, 1812-1858.
Adapted screenplay by Tezuka Osamu.
Fourth animated special produced for Nippon TV's "24 Jikan Television 'Ai ha Chikyū wo Sukū'" 24時間テレビ 「愛は地球を救う」 (24 Hour TV "Love Saves the Earth") telethon.
Captain Movie
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Dezaki Satoshi 出﨑哲
Studio: Eiken, Japan
Based on: Chiba Akio ちばあきお (1943-1984), "Captain" キャプテン, manga series, 1972-1979.
Adapted screenplay by Shiroyama Noburo 城山昇.
Second film and first theatrical film of the "Captain" series.
Chiisana Love Letter: Mariko to Nemunoki no Kodomo-tachi
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Ishida Yūzō 石田雄三
Studio: NOW Planning, Japan
Based on: The life of actress Miyagi Mariko 宮城まり子 (1927-2020).
Donbe Monogatari
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Nagaki Bonjin 永樹凡人 (1937-2010)
Studio: Eiken, Japan
Based on: The life of zoologist, essayist, and filmmaker Hata Masanori 畑正憲 (1935-2023).
Adapted screenplay by Fujikawa Keisuke 藤川桂介.
Doraemon Movie: Boku, Momotarou no Nanna no Sa
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Director: Kanda Takeyuki 神田武幸
Studio: Shōgakukan, Tōhō & TV Asahi, Japan
Based on: "Momotarō" 桃太郎, Japanese folklore & Fujiko Fujio 藤子不二雄, "Doraemon" ドラえもん, manga series, 1969-1997.
Adapted screenplay by Shiroyama Noburo 城山昇.
First television film in the "Doraemon" series.

Doraemon Movie 02: Nobita no Uchuu Kaitakushi

Doraemon the Movie: The Records of Nobita, Spaceblazer

Doraemon Movie 02: Nobita no Uchuu Kaitakushi
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Director: Nishimaki Hideo 西牧秀雄
Studio: Shōgakukan, Tōhō & TV Asahi, Japan
Based on: Fujiko Fujio 藤子不二雄, "Doraemon" ドラえもん, manga series, 1969-1997 & Fujiko Fujio, "Daichōhen Doraemon" 大長編ドラえもん (Doraemon Long Stories), manga series, 1980-2004.
Adapted screenplay by Fujiko Fujio.
Second theatrical film in the "Doraemon" series.
Dr. Slump: Arale-chan Ayaya!? Penguin Mura de TV Jack
Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Ōzeki Masayuki
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Toriyama Akira 鳥山明, "Dr. Slump" Dr.スランプ, manga series, 1980-1984.
Adapted screenplay by Yukimuro Shun'ichi 雪室俊一.
First special of Okazaki Minoru 岡崎稔, "Dr. Slump: Arale-chan" Dr.スランプ・アラレちゃん, anime series, 1981-1986.
Eomma Chaja Sammanli
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Gang Han-yeong 강한영 & Jeong Su-yong 정수용
Studio: Sunwoo Production, South Korea
Based on: Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908), "Cuore" (Heart), children's novel, Italy, 1886 & Okayasu Hajime 岡安肇 (1936-2014) & Takahata Isao 高畑勲 (1935-2018), "Haha wo Tazunete Sanzenri" 母をたずねて三千里 (3000 Leagues in Search of Mother), film, 1980 (unauthorized).
Adapted screenplay by Lee Hie-woo 이희우.
Fourth film of the Dreamland Cartoon Theater series.
Furiten-kun
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Sugiyama Takashi
Studio: Oh! Production, Japan
Based on: Ueda Masashi 植田まさし, "Furiten-kun" フリテンくん, manga series, 1980-1984.
Adapted screenplay by Itō Tsunehisa 伊東恒久 (1941-2021), Shiroyama Noburo 城山昇, Sugiyama Taku 杉山卓 & Yamazaki Haruya 山崎晴哉 (1938-2002).

Gongnyong Baengmannyeon Ttori

One Million Year Dinosaur Dddli

Gongnyong Baengmannyeon Ttori
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Kim Cheong-gi 김청기
Studio: Namyang Planning, South Korea

Grick no Bouken

The Enchanted Journey

Grick no Bouken
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Nishimaki Hideo 西牧秀雄
Studio: Studio Korumi, Japan
Based on: Saitō Atsuo 斎藤惇夫, "Grick no Bōken" グリックの冒険 (Enchanted Journey), novel, Japan, 1970.
Adapted screenplay by Tanami Yasuo 田波靖男 (1933-2000).
Hashire Melos (1981)
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:5
Director: Katsumata Tomoharu 勝間田具治
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Dazai Osamu 太宰治 (1909-1948), "Hashire Melos" 走れメロス (Run, Melos!), short story, Japan, 1940.
Adapted screenplay by Uekasa Keinosuke 植草圭之助.

Helen Keller Monogatari: Ai to Hikari no Tenshi

The Story of Hellen Keller: Angel of Love and Light

Helen Keller Monogatari: Ai to Hikari no Tenshi
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Ikeno Fumio 池野文雄
Studio: NOW Planning, Japan
Based on: Helen Keller (1880-1968), "The Story of My Life", autobiography, USA, 1903.
Adapted screenplay by Kitahara Hiroshi.
Jarinko Chie
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Takahata Isao 高畑勲 (1935-2018)
Studio: Tōkyō Movie Shinsha, Japan
Based on: Haruki Etsumi はるき悦巳, "Jarinko Chie" じゃりン子チエ, manga series, 1978-1997.
Adapted screenplay by Shiroyama Noburo 城山昇 & Takahata Isao.
Kaba Enchou no Doubutsuen Nikki
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Akehi Masayuki 明比正行
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on the life of Nishiyama Toshio 西山登志雄 (1929-2006).
Adapted screenplay by Naiti Makoto 内藤敏 & Nakanishi Ryūzō 中西隆三.
14th animated special produced for Fuji TV's "Nissei Family Special" 日生ファミリースペシャル program.
Kaibutsu-kun: Kaibutsu Land e no Shoutai
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Fukutomi Hiroshi 福冨博
Studio: Shin'ei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Abiko Motō 安孫子素雄 (1934-2022) (Fujiko Fujio), "Kaibutsu-kun" 怪物くん (The Monster Kid), manga series, 1965-1969.
Adapted screenplay by Fujiko Fujio 藤子不二雄.
Kaitei Daisensou: Ai no 20,000 Miles
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Ippei Kuri 九里一平 (1940-2023)
Studio: Tatsunoko Production, Japan
Based on: Jules Verne (1828-1905), "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers" (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas), France, novel, 1969-1970.
Adapted screenplay by Sasaki Mamoru 佐々木守 (1936-2006).
Kidou Senshi Gundam I
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Tomino Yoshiyuki 富野由悠季
Studio: Nippon Sunrise, Japan
Based on: Tomino Yoshiyuki 富野由悠季, "Kidō Senshi Gundam" 機動戦士ガンダム (Mobile Suit Gundam), anime series, 1979-1980.
First compilation film of the Gundam series.

Kidou Senshi Gundam II: Ai Senshi-hen

Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow

Kidou Senshi Gundam II: Ai Senshi-hen
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Tomino Yoshiyuki 富野由悠季
Studio: Nippon Sunrise, Japan
Based on: Tomino Yoshiyuki 富野由悠季, "Kidō Senshi Gundam" 機動戦士ガンダム (Mobile Suit Gundam), anime series, 1979-1980.
Second compilation film of the Gundam series.
Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:6
Director: Ashida Toyoo 芦田豊雄 (1944-2011) & Serikawa Yūgo 芹川有吾 (1931-2000)
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Mary Shelley (1797-1851), "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus", novel, England, 1818.
Adapted screenplay by Sakai Akiyoshi 酒井あきよし.
Lupin tai Holmes
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Akehi Masayuki 明比正行
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Maurice Leblanc (1864-1941), "Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes", second short story collection of the Arsène Lupin series, France, 1908.
Adapted screenplay by Nakanishi Ryūzō 中西隆三.
Twelfth animated special produced for Fuji TV's "Nissei Family Special" 日生ファミリースペシャル program.
Manga Hana no Kakarichou
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Ishiguro Iku 石黒育 & Okazaki Minoru 岡崎稔
Studio: Tōkyō Movie Shinsha, Japan
Based on: Sonoyama Shunji 園山俊二 (1935-1993), "Manga Hana no Kakarichō" 花の係長 (The Happy Section Chief), manga series, 1976.
Adapted screenplay by Yamazaki Haruya 山崎晴哉 (1938-2002).
Manzai Taikouki
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Sawada Ryūji 澤田竜司 & Takayashiki Hideo 高屋敷英夫
Studio: Tōkyō Movie Shinsha, Japan
Based on: Oze Hoan 小瀬甫庵 (1564-1640), "Taikōki" 太閤記, a biography of daimyō Toyotomi Hideyoshi 豊臣秀吉 (1537-1598), Japan, 1626.
Adapted screenplay by Takayashiki Hideo & Itō Tsunehisa 伊東恒久 (1941-2021).
Natsu e no Tobira
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Masaki Mori 真崎守
Studio: Madhouse & Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Takemiya Keiko 竹宮惠子, "Natsu he no Tobira" 夏への扉 (The Door Into Summer), manga, 1975. Early example of a shōnen-ai 少年愛 (boy's love) manga.
Adapted screenplay by Tsuji Masaki 辻真先.

Qi Cai Lao Fu Zi

Color Old Master Q

Qi Cai Lao Fu Zi
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Che Gam-Tiu 謝金塗, Tsai Chih Chung 蔡志忠 & Wu Sau Yee 胡樹儒 (1935-2009)
Studio: Xianggang Dianying Gongsi 香港電影公司 (Hong Kong Film Company) & Yuandong Katong Gongsi 遠東卡通公司 (Far East Cartoon Company), British Hong Kong
Based on: Alfonso Wong 王家禧 (1923-2017), "Lou Fu Zi" 老夫子 (Old Master Q), manhua series, since 1964.
Adapted screenplay by Alfonso Wong & Wu Sau Yee.
First animated movie from Hong Kong.

Rennyo to Sono Haha

Rennyo and His Mother

Rennyo to Sono Haha
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Kawamoto Kihachirō 川本喜八郎 (1925-2010)
Studio: "Rennyo and His Mother" Movie Production Promotion Committee, Japan
Style: Stop Motion/Puppet
Based on the life of Rennyo 蓮如 (1415-1499), the 8th monshu 門主 (keeper of the gate) of the Hongan-ji 本願寺.
Adapted screenplay by Shindō Kaneto 新藤兼人 (1912-2012).
Renshenguo
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Yan Dingxian 严定宪 (1936-2022)
Studio: Shanghai Meishu Dianying Zhipianchang, China
Based on: "Xi You Ji" 西遊記 (Journey to the West), Ming dynasty (1368-1644) novel.
Adapted screenplay by Li Keruo 李克弱 (1916-2001) & Yan Dingxian.

A sequel to Wan Laiming 萬籟鳴 (1900-1997), "Danao Tiangong" 大鬧天宮 (Havoc in Heaven), China, 1964.

Robot King

The Cosmos Conqueror

Robot King
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Bae Yeong-lang 배영랑
Studio: Sun Production, South Korea.
Based on a original work by Goyuseong 고유성.
Sayonara Ginga Tetsudou 999: Andromeda Shuuchakueki
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Rintarō りんたろう.
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Matsumoto Leiji 松本零士 (1938-2023), "Ginga Tetsudō 999" 銀河鉄道999 (Galaxy Express 999), manga series, 1977-1981.
Fifth film in the "Ginga Tetsudō 999" series.
Sekai Meisaku Douwa: Hakuchou no Mizuumi
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Yabuki Kimio 矢吹公郎
Studio: Tōei Dōga, Japan
Based on: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Пётр Ильич Чайковский, "Lebedínoje ózero" Лебеди́ное о́зеро (Swan Lake), ballet, Russian Empire, 1877.
Adapted screenplay by Fuse Hirokazu 布勢博一 (1931-2018).
Fourth feature length film in the "Sekai Meisaku Dōwa Manga Series" 世界名作童話 まんがシリーズ (World Famous Fairy Tale Series) (1975-1983), an anthology of short films based on fairy tales.

Sirius no Densetsu

The Sea Prince and the Fire Child

Sirius no Densetsu
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Hata Masami 波多正美
Studio: Sanrio, Japan
Based on William Shakespeare (1564-1916), "Romeo and Juliet", tragedy, England, 1597 & Tsuji Shintarō 辻信太郎, "Sirius no Densetsu" シリウスの伝説 (The Sea Prince and the Fire Child), story.
Adapted screenplay by Hata Masami & Katsura Chiho 桂千穂 (-2020).
Sonyeon 007 Jihajeguk
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Jeong Su-yong 정수용 & Kim Cheol-jong 김철종
Studio: Geumyong Film Studio, South Korea
Sugata Sanshirou
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Mikamoto Yasumi 三家本泰美
Studio: Tōkyō Movie Shinsha, Japan
Based on: Tomita Tsuneo 富田常雄 (1904-1967), "Sugata Sanshirō" 姿三四郎, novel, 1942.
Adapted screenplay by Kōnami Fumio 神波史男 & Ohara Kiyohide 大原清秀.
13th animated special produced for Fuji TV's "Nissei Family Special" 日生ファミリースペシャル program.
Uchuu Senshi Baldios (Movie)
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Hirokawa Shūichi 廣川集一 (1955-2012) & Toriumi Hisayuki 鳥海永行 (1941-2009)
Studio: Ashi Productions, Japan
Based on: Hirokawa Shūichi, "Uchū Senshi Baldios" 宇宙戦士バルディオス (Space Warrior Baldios), anime series, 1980-1981.
Adapted screenplay by Sakai Akiyoshi 酒井あきよし.

Unico

The Fantastic Adventures Of Unico

Unico
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Hirata Toshio 平田敏夫 (1938-2014)
Studio: Tezuka Productions, Japan
Based on: Tezuka Osamu 手塚治虫 (1928-1989), "Unico" ユニコ, manga series, 1976-1979.
Adapted screenplay by Tsuji Masaki 辻真先.
First film in the "Unico" series.
Xiongmao Monogatari TaoTao
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Nakahara Shūichi 中原収一 & Shimamura Tatsuo 島村達雄
Studio: Shun Mao & Tsuchida Production, China, Germany, Japan
Based on: Yamada Yōji 山田洋次, "Xiongmao Monogatari TaoTao" シュンマオ物語 タオタオ, anime series, China, Germany, Japan, 1981.

Yuki

Yuki: Snow Fairy

Yuki
Movie, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:-
Director: Imai Tadaishi 今井正 (1912-1991)
Studio: Mushi Production & Nikkatsu Jidou Eiga, Japan
Screenplay by Miyazaki Akira 宮崎晃 (1934-2018)

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