Animated Classics of Japanese Literature

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Animated Classics of Japanese Literature
Animated Classics of Japanese Literature - The Harp of Burma - Season of the Sun - cover image.png
Cover of The Harp of Burma and Season of the Sun North American release.
住友生命 青春アニメ全集
(Sumitomo Seimei Seishun Anime Zenshū)
Anime television series
Studio Nippon Animation
Licensed by
Network NTV
Original run 25 April 198626 December 1986
Episodes 32
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The Animated Classics of Japanese Literature (Japanese: 住友生命 青春アニメ全集 Hepburn: Sumitomo Seimei Seishun Anime Zenshū?, lit. Sumitomo Life Insurance Youth Anime Complete Collection) is an anime TV series which aired on NTV in Japan for 32 episodes from 25 April to 26 December 1986 in the 7–7:30 pm time slot. The series was unusual in that each episode (with only a couple exceptions) was a stand-alone story based on popular and well known modern Japanese stories. The series was sponsored by Sumitomo Life Insurance.

The branch offices and agents of Sumitomo Life Insurance heavily promoted the series with posters in their offices as well as commercials directly after each episode.

Synopsis[edit]

The title of the series was derived from the Nippon Animation series World Masterpiece Theater, creating a Japan Masterpiece Theater series. While each story would be told in 1–3 episodes, they shared a common theme of "modern Japanese classics", and were designed to emulate the success of the Princess Sarah series.

Each episode (or set of episodes) retells using animation a popular modern Japanese story from the past 100 years or so.


List of episodes[edit]

Titles marked with ◎ were released by Shinchō Bunko in a manga form. Titles marked with ★ were part of the Anime Nihon no Meisaku (アニメ日本の名作?) series released by Kin no Hoshi.

# Title Original airdate
01 "The Dancing Girl of Izu"
"Izu no Odoriko" (伊豆の踊子) 
1986-04-25
Based on the book by Yasunari Kawabata. ◎★ 
02 "The Sound of Waves, Part 1: The Wakening of Spring"
"Shiosai Zenpen: Haru no Mezame" (潮騒 前編 春のめざめ) 
1986-05-02
Based on the book by Yukio Mishima
03 "The Sound of Waves, Part 2: Summer Storm"
"Shiosai Kōhen: Natsu no Arashi" (潮騒 後編 夏のあらし) 
1986-05-09
Based on the book by Yukio Mishima. 
04 "The Wild Daisy"
"Nogiku no Haka" (野菊の墓) 
1986-05-16
Based on the book by Itō Sachio. ◎★ 
05 "The Wind Has Risen"
"Kaze Tachinu" (風立ちぬ) 
1986-05-23
Based on the book by Tatsuo Hori. ★ 
06 "The Fruits of Olympus"
"Orinposu no Kajitsu" (オリンポスの果実) 
1986-05-30
Based on the book by Hidemitsu Tanaka
07 "Botchan, Part 1: The New Teacher Gets Angry!"
"Botchan Zenpen: Shinnin Kyōshi Okoru!" (坊っちゃん 前編 新任教師怒る!) 
1986-06-06
Based on the book by Natsume Sōseki. ◎★ 
08 "Botchan, Part 2: Exterminate the Redshirts!"
"Botchan Kōhen: Akashatsu Daiji!" (坊っちゃん 後編 赤シャツ退治!) 
1986-06-13
Based on the book by Natsume Sōseki. ◎★ 
09 "Hōrōki"
"Hōrōki "Fūkin to Uonomachi" yori" (放浪記「風琴と魚の町」より) 
1986-06-20
Based on the book by Fumiko Hayashi 
10 "The Dancing Girl"
"Maihime" (舞姫) 
1986-06-27
Based on the book by Mori Ōgai. ★ 
11 "Asunaro Monogatari"
(あすなろ物語) 
1986-07-04
Based on the book by Yasushi Inoue. ◎ 
12 "A Stone by the Roadside, Part 1: Junior High Dreams"
"Robō no Ishi Zenpen: Chūgaku Shibō" (路傍の石 前編 中学志望) 
1986-07-18
Based on the book by Yuzo Yamamoto. ◎★ 
13 "A Stone by the Roadside, Part 2: Daily Heartbreak"
"Robō no Ishi Kōhen: Tsurai Hibi" (路傍の石 後編 つらい日々) 
1986-07-25
Based on the book by Yuzo Yamamoto. ◎★ 
14 "Takekurabe"
(たけくらべ) 
1986-08-01
Based on the book by Ichiyō Higuchi. ★ 
15 "Kōya Hijiri"
(高野聖) 
1986-08-08
Based on the book by Kyōka Izumi
16 "Kwaidan"
"Kaidan: Yoshikazu Monogatari" (怪談 芳一ものがたり) 
1986-08-15
Based on the book by Koizumi Yakumo. ★ 
17 "The Incident in the Bedroom Suburb"
"Akagawa Jirō: Hōmutaun no Jikenbo" (赤川次郎 ホームタウンの事件簿) 
1986-08-29
Based on the short story by Jirō Akagawa
18 "Voice from Heaven"
"Akagawa Jirō: Ten kara no Koe" (赤川次郎 天からの声) 
1986-09-05
Based on the short story by Jirō Akagawa. 
19 "Theater of Life"
"Jinsei Gekijō" (人生劇場) 
1986-09-12
Based on the book by Shirō Ozaki
20 "Season of the Sun"
"Taiyō no Kiseki: Kiken na Seishun" (太陽の季節 危険な青春) 
1986-09-19
Based on the book by Shintarō Ishihara
21 "Shunkinshō"
"Shunkinshō: Kokoro no Ito Narimasu" (春琴抄 心の糸鳴ります) 
1986-10-03
Based on the book by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
22 "Sugata Sanshirō Chapter 1: The Adventurer of Hiromichi Hall"
"Sugata Sanshirō Daichibu: Hiromichikan no Fūunji" (姿三四郎 第一部 紘道館の風雲児) 
1986-10-17
Based on the book by Tsuneo Tomita. ◎★ 
23 "Sugata Sanshirō Chapter 2: The Deadly Mountain Storm"
"Sugata Sanshirō Dainibu: Hissatsu no Yamaarashi" (姿三四郎 第二部 必殺の山嵐) 
1986-10-24
Based on the book by Tsuneo Tomita. ◎★ 
24 "Sugata Sanshirō Chapter 3: The Showdown at Ukyōgahara"
"Sugata Sanshirō Daisanbu: Ukyōgahara no Taiketsu" (姿三四郎 第三部 右京ヶ原の対決) 
1986-10-31
Based on the book by Tsuneo Tomita. ◎★ 
25 "The Harp of Burma, Part 1: The Clay Hut"
"Biruma no Tategoto Zenpen: Hanyū no Yado" (ビルマの竪琴 前編 埴生の宿) 
1986-11-07
Based on the book by Michio Takeyama. ◎★ 
26 "The Harp of Burma, Part 2: Song of Farewell"
"Biruma no Tategoto Kōhen: Wakare no Uta" (ビルマの竪琴 後編 別れのうた) 
1986-11-14
Based on the book by Michio Takeyama. ◎★ 
27 "The Attic-Stroller"
"Kogorō Akechi: Yane-ura no Sanpōsha" (明智小五郎 屋根裏の散歩者) 
1986-11-21
Based on the book by Rampo Edogawa. ◎ 
28 "The Psychological Test"
"Kogorō Akechi: Shinri Shiken" (明智小五郎 心理試験) 
1986-11-28
Based on the book by Rampo Edogawa. ◎ 
29 "The Red Chamber"
"Kogorō Akechi: Akai Heya" (明智小五郎 赤い部屋) 
1986-12-05
Based on the book by Rampo Edogawa. 
30 "The New Story of Tōno"
"Shinshaku Tōno Monogatari" (新釈 遠野物語) 
1986-12-12
Based on the book by Hisashi Inoue
31 "Love Ascending Heavenward"
"Ten ni Noboru Ai" (天に昇る愛) 
1986-12-19
32 "Shiro, Come Back to the North"
"Shiro, Kita e Kaeru" (シロ、北へ帰る) 
1986-12-26

Sources:[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murakami, Takashi. 青春アニメ全集 (in Japanese). Marumegane. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ 『青春アニメ全集』 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 

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