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  • Tags: The Media Track of Japanese Animated Films, 1907-Present

Your Name is directed by Makoto Shinkai and is a surprisingly huge commercial success. Also being praised for its excellent animation and heart-warming story, the film becomes the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, and Different…
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2004 witnessed the release of two bluckbusters: Howl’s Moving Castle and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, both of which were digitally made with heavy use of CGI. Miyazaki’s work is another adaptation from a best-selling British novel; Ghost in the…
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1984 witnessed the release of Miyazaki’s 1st feature Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, after the success of which Ghibli studio was founded, headed by the directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and the producer Toshio Suzuki. The name Ghibli…
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The Astro Boy series were made by Osamu Tezuka, the father of anime and one of the most influential cartoonists in the 20th century. The popularity of Astro Boy as manga originally and later TV Series ignited the mass production of TV animations…
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In 1956, Toei Doga (Toei Animation Studio) was established for the aim of producing animations following the mode of the Disney musical and fantasy genres, and became Japan’s 1st large-scale studio committed to producing animated films. The year…
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Momotaro: Sacred Sailors is the first Japanese feature-length (74min) animated film. It was directed by Mitsuyo Seo (1911-2010), who was commissioned to make a propaganda film for World War II by the Japanese Naval Ministry. Inspired by Disney's…
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Masaoka found the new studio called Masaoka Cinematic Art Research Center which marked the transformation of anime. With adequate funding mostly from his family, he introduced sound technique and special-effects in filming, steering the industry from…
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Kitayama Eiga Seisakujo (Kitayama Movie Factory) was the first true animation studio in Japan. It was founded by Seitaro Kitayama (1888-1945) in 1921. Kitayama was originally a painter and an entrepreneur who published art magazines. He applied the…
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In 1910s, animations were produced in Japan for the first time. There were short films lasting about 2-5 minutes, using the motifs from Japanese folk tales or hilarious cartoons at that time. It's acknowledged that the former cartoonist, Kouchi…
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Katsudō Shashin (1907) consists of a series of cartoon images on fifty frames of a celluloid strip and lasts three seconds at sixteen frames per second.The frames were not produced by photographing the images, but were impressed onto film using a…
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