The History of Anime Video's

  • 1930's

    The 1930s and ‘40s: Technology and War

    In the 1930s Kenzo Masaoka. debuted the first anime with voices synced & pre-recorded in 1933 Chikara to Onna no Yo no Naka.
  • 1950's

    The 1950s: Some Familiar Names Appear

    Hakujaden (The Tale of the White Serpent) in 1958 it was the first color anime film and would come out in America three years later in 1961.
  • 1950's

    The 1960s: Television

    In 1963 the very first anime TV series Tetsuwan Atom AKA Astro Boy was one of Tezuka’s most popular manga.
  • 1970's

    The 1970s: Robots, Literature, and Art

    In 1974 the animation Alps no Shojo Heidi (Heidi, Girl of the Alps) was created and became a instant classic.

Anime History FAQ's

Can anime be watched by only a mature audience?

Anime can and has been enjoyed by both adults and children.

How long anime has been around?

Anime has been around since the late 1916's and remains ever so popular still today in 2017.

Can anime be only one style?

Anime can be interpreted in a variety of different styles & ways so no.

What country was the first anime released in?

The first animated film released in Japan.

What does anime mean?

A style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

Who made the first anime?
Shimokawa Oten, made the first anime with chalk, and was less than five minutes long.


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Right Stuf Anime. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

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N.p., n.d. Web.