How Anime Has Changed Over The Past 100 Years

Video: Can you believe it? Japan has been making animation for over a hundred years. Let's see how things have changed!

As Japan Trends points out, the clip below begins with Namakura Gatana, a silent four-minute short made in 1917 but only discovered in 2008. 

Other cartoons and stop motion animation follow for a total of 122 works that show how far anime has come. 


    I feel the business has got way more cynical and profit-driven. So many anime seem algorithm-designed rather than products of passion

      I argue that the amount of "algorithm designed" anime nowadays is merely proportional to the sheer amount of anime produced in comparison to the past. However, roughly the same amount--if not more-- of truly original, truly moving, truly awesome series and movies keep being produced, year after year.

    Interesting selection. A few iconic, genre- or era-defining anime were missing, IMHO: Serial Experiments Lain, Evangelion, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Sword Art Online, K-on!, FLCL, Kill-la-Kill (and/or Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) and Ergo Proxy.

    It's also very strange that not a single Ghibli production was included.

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