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Anime's very first TV series. This black-and-white series of shorts explains various historical events and notable occasions, normally through a framing device of a character who is not aware "what happened on this day in history," discovering firsthand for themselves. Explanations did not always take a

cartoon form, but sometimes included photographs and film footage, often taken from the research archives of the Mainichi Shinbun newspaper, where director Ryuichi Yokoyama's Fuku-chan manga was running at the time. Note: though IH was the first TV series, it was still not the first anime broadcast on TV. That honor goes to Three Tales (1960, Mitsu no Hanashi), an experimental anthology broadcast on the NHK channel, comprising adaptations of famous stories-Oppel and the Elephant by Kenji Miyazawa (see Night Train to the Stars), Sleepy Town by Mia Ogawa, and the first anime ever truly broadcast on Japanese TV, The Third Blood, by Kosuke Hamada, directed by Keiko Kozonoe.

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Name Instant History
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Romaji: Otogi Manga Calendar
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Start Year 1961
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Aliases Manga Fairy Tales
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