Rediscovering Nation's 100-year History Of Original Animation

Rediscovering nation's 100-year history of original animation

By Mutsumi Morita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer The comical-looking samurai has quite a big head for his body, and his black eyes are always roving around. He's just bought a sword and wants to test it, so he tries to attack a masseuse and an express messenger, only to find himself beaten.

The samurai is the lead character of "Namakuragatana" (The Dull Sword), which was released in 1917. It is the oldest surviving piece of animation in Japan.