Network Awesome Looks at Early Japanese Animation (1931-1963)

Virtual TV Station Looks Back at Pre-Astro Boy Anime

Virtual TV station/curator of digitized classic media, Network Awesome has begun running a five day retrospective on Japanese Animation produced leading up to when Osamu Tezuka revolutionized anime production with 1963's Astro Boy.


The series began "Our Baseball Match" directed by Chuzo Aoji in 1931, then highlights the work of Kenzo Masaoka, features the first full-length color film from the era, the rare "Panda and the Magic Serpent" from 1959, and ends with Osamu Tezuka's brilliant Astro Boy series from 1963.


In addition, Network Awesome willl publish related articles each day on Network Awesome Magazine from guest columnist Cory Gross from Voyages Extraordinaires.


The schedule for the rest of the week includes

Tuesday - Kenzo Masaoka
KUMO-TO-CHURIPPU (The Spider and The Tulip) - 1943
Suteneko Tora-chan (Abandoned Cat Little Tora) - 1947

Wednesday - Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors
Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors - 1944/5  Dir. Kenzo Masaoka

Thursday - After the War
Koneko no Rakugaki - 1957
Panda and the Magic Serpent / The Tale of the White Serpent - 1958

Friday - Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy
Astro Boy: The Birth of Astro Boy (Episode 1) - 1963
Astro Boy: Colosso (Episode 1) - 1963
(and related: Trailer Trash featuring Studio Ghibli + a presentation of "Grave Of The Fireflies")


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