If you talk about anime to someone, it’s more than likely that they’ll think about shows that are currently airing, or shows that turned big for whatever reason or even shows that they grew up watching as a kid.
It doesn’t matter who you’re talking to. Their taste or expertise is irrelevant here. No matter who you’re talking to, it’s probably rare to see people discussing the old stuff.
I’m not talking about what the Internet defines as old anime. I’m not talking about the so-called forgotten anime. Shows like Trigun or Chobits are not the topic of discussion here. Neither are shows like Space Battleship Yamato or Lupin the Third Part II. Of course, these shows are often forgotten about and underappreciated, but not as much as the old anime.
The old anime which I’m referring to here may be, in modern speech, be called the ‘OG Anime’. That is, anime from before the 1960s. But why am I talking about these? The thought actually came about after I watched Usagi to Kame – a 9 minute long movie from 1924 which is a retelling of Aesop’s The Hare & The Tortoise.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I know productions from this era aren’t exactly easy to get access to. It’s more than likely that this is the reason why nobody talks about it. Particualrly for those of us outside of Japan, it’s a real struggle, the only access really being streaming sites or torrenting. However, if we imagine that these were easier to access, would they get the same recognition as other, more modern anime? Probably not.
Many would argue that it’s because the older anime aren’t exciting enough. They don’t have the special effects we have these days, nor do they have epic openings and sweet endings. But, sometimes, we don’t need all of that. Maybe stripping it down every so often would make us appreciate the art of animation more?
Usagi to Kame, for example, has a great little OST that I found myself singing along towards the end of the show. The animation, for its age, was also a pleasant sight, despite the actual tortoise looking slightly dodgy, for lack of a better word. There was nothing wrong with it. For nine minutes, it was nice to strip everything down and relax.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you watch the old anime if you could? If not, why? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!
– Amelia x