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Three Tales (anime)

Three Tales
新しい動画 3つのはなし
(Mittsu no Hanashi)
Genre Fantasy
Anime television film
Directed by Keiko Kozonoe
Released January 15, 1960
Runtime 30 minutes

Three Tales (新しい動画 3つのはなし Mittsu no Hanashi) was a black and white Japanese anime aired in 1960. It was the first domestic anime ever televised.


The show was an experimental anthology broadcast on the NHK channel. It was divided into 3 parts featuring individual short fairy tales. The first part of the show titled "The Third Plate" is technically the first anime segment ever televised.[1][2] In total, the show was 30 minutes long.[3] Though it is questionable as to how widespread the anime actually was, since NHK was only broadcasting to 866 TV sets as of 1953.[4] There is no known estimate as to how much their infrastructure scaled just 7 years later. Though the best evidence pointing to the anime as being black and white comes from the NHK station record, which indicated they did not make their first analog color broadcast until September 10, 1960 at 8:55pm 9 months later in Tokyo and Osaka.[5]


The story is an anthology of 3 separate fairy tales.

Story Japanese Name English Name Original Story by
Story 1 第三の皿 The Third Plate Hirosuke Hamada
Story 2 オッペルと象 Oppel and the Elephant Kenji Miyazawa
Story 3 眠い町 Sleepy Town Mimei Ogawa


Kenji Miyazawa would not live to see his story turned into an anime. Mia Ogawa would also pass away just 1 year after the show's first broadcast in 1961.

Function Japanese Name English Name Alternate English Name
Director, Supervisor 小薗江圭子 Keiko Osonoe
Director, Supervisor 中原収一 Shûichi Nakahara
Director, Supervisor 和田誠 Makoto Wada
Original Story Author 浜田広介 Hirosuke Hamada
Original Story Author 宮沢賢治 Kenji Miyazawa
Original Story Author 小川未明 Mimei Ogawa Bimei Ogawa


  1. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5
  2. ^ "World Art Russian." World Art Three Tales Info. Retrieved on 2006-12-08.
  3. ^ "AllCinema Online." " Japan." Retrieved on 2006-12-08.
  4. ^ Gravett, Paul. [2004] (2004). Manga: 60 years of Japanese Comics, UK: Laurence King Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85669-391-0
  5. ^ "WorldHeritage Japan." NHK article in WorldHeritage Japan. Retrieved on 2006-12-08.

External links

  • Three Tales (anime) (film) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • 3-tsu no Hanashi in Animemorial (contains a screenshot)
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