Anime 100: the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation

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The National Film Center at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo opened a “Japanese Animated Film Classics” website with a collection of classic animated works from Japan available streaming with English subtitles. The website will be open until the end of 2017.

The website celebrates the 100th anniversary of the oldest known Japanese animated short films, and is streaming the oldest surviving Japanese animated short film, Junichi Kouchi’s “The Dull Sword” (Namakura Gatana).

The website is streaming 64 works that debuted from 1917 to 1941. Directors featured on the site include Ikuo Oishi, Shigeji Ogino, Hakuzan Kimura, Mitsuyo Seo, Yasuji Murata, Noburou Oofuji, Kenzo Masaoka, and Sanae Yamamoto.