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Otogi Manga Calendar
(Otogi Manga Karendā)
Genre Documentary
TV anime
Instant History
Director Ryuichi Yokoyama
Studio Otogi Production
Network Japan TBS TV
Original run May 1, 1961February 24, 1962
Episodes 312
TV anime
Director Ryuichi Yokoyama
Studio Otogi Production
Network Japan TBS TV
Original run June 25, 1962July 4, 1964
Episodes 54
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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[1].


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.

Season Japanese Name English Name First Aired Last Aired
Season 1 インスタントヒストリー Instant History May 1, 1961 February 24, 1962
Season 2 おとぎマンガカレンダー Otogi Manga Calendar June 25, 1962 July 4, 1964


Director: Ryuichi Yokoyama

Additional Director: Shinichi Suzuki, Michihiro Matsuyama

Screenwriter, Design, Animator: Ryuichi Yokoyama, Shinichi Suzuki, Michihiro Matsuyama

Art: Hiroshi Saitô

See also


  1. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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