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Kanon, the lead vocalist in a band, falls for the doll-like charms of the pretty Kameno-chan. She inspires him to write a love song every day but brings trouble into his life along with the happiness. An image video of scenes from Maki Kusumoto's 1988 manga in Comic Margaret magazine set to music from several popular bands of the day.
1888-1945. Born in Wakayama, former watercolor artist Kitayama founded the Japan Association of Western Art in 1912 and published its bulletin Gendai no Yoga (Contemporary Western Art). Seeing French and American animated shorts in Japanese cinemas in 1916, he persuaded the Nikkatsu company to fund his first work, the earliest Monkey and the Crab (1917), drawn directly onto paper. Kitayama was the most prolific of the early animators, largely thanks to his ability to delegate to a staff of half a dozen underlings. His Momotaro (1917-see Early Anime) was the first anime to go abroad, screened in Paris three months before its Tokyo premiere. He established the Kitayama Eiga studio in 1921, acquiring lucrative contracts in commercials and documentaries. Relocating to Osaka after the Great Kanto Earthquake, his animated output gradually dwindled as he became more involved with producing live-action newsreels. Despite his comparatively large output, his only extant work is Guardsman Taro and His Submarine (1918, Taro no Banpei: Sensuitei no Maki).