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Title (English) Animated Classics of Japanese Literature
Title (Japanese) Seishun Anime Zenshu
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Notes OVA series, Nippon Animation, 1986. 15 X 52 min tapes in USA edition.
Central Park Media, 1994/5, $29.95
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Synopsis Synopses printed in Trish Ledoux's "The Complete Anime Guide", 1995
Review ANIMATED CLASSICS OF JAPANESE LITERATURE (subtitled).
This is a real oddity, a vast series of adaptations of Japanese classic short stories. It consists of three or more sub-series releases, each comprising a dozen or so tapes, each tape having either two or three stories. These were made by Nippon Animation, who also made the World Masterpiece Theater series of anime TV adaptations of famous children's novels, an equally prestige-before-profit enterprise.
However asides from its merits as literature, ACJL has also, from the samples I've seen, some interest because of the epoch of the stories, as they mostly depict a Japan which though already industrialised is not the same Japan we know today. For its merits as animation, see below.

ANIMATED CLASSICS OF JAPANESE LITERATURE (Central Park Media, 50 to 80 mins, unrated, subtitled, $29.95)
Presumably intended as a hook to arouse interest in Japanese classic short stories in Japanese students more accustomed to watching anime, this series is a real oddity. The stories, and the glimpses they afford of prewar Japanese life and attitudes, are interesting, and might induce some to seek out the original texts in translation, but the animation is dull and uninspired. Just why CPM are issuing one of the biggest subtitled animated series ever, and one of the least commercial, with only token publicity, is a mystery. My tapes were reduced to 12.95.
Credits See the Trish Ledoux "Complete Anime Guide"
Episodes 35
Release US:VHS, US:DVD
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Date 1986
Production Nippon Animation
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Animation
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
www.animenfo.com, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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