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Instant History

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Type: TV (312 episodes), 3 min
Aired: 1 May, 1961 - 24 December, 1962
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Genres: Historical
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Otogi Manga Calendar (おとぎマンガカレンダー Otogi Manga Calendar?) was a black and white Japanese anime series aired from 1961 to 1964. It was the first anime series, and the first series ever televised.


The show was about historical events through a character who was not aware of "what happened on this day in history". Sometimes photographs and film footages were mixed in with the animations to explain what historical event had taken place. The research archives came from the Mainichi Shinbun newspaper where the director's Fuku-chan manga was printing at the time.


The show was divided into 2 seasons. In 1961, it was aired in the first season as "Instant History" with 312 episodes, each being just 3 minutes long. The second season "Otogi Manga Calendar" aired 312 episodes, with each being 5 minutes long. While it was the first series ever broadcast on TV, it should not be mistaken as the first anime ever broadcast. Three Tales was the first Japanese anime shown on TV, while Tetsuwan Atom was the first 25 minutes anime series.


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