Fans of anime know that despite being common in the medium, there is more to anime than the art style (which is far more eclectic than detractors would have you believe.) While the Internet has made it easy to watch decades’ worth of anime from different studios without resorting to piracy, the earliest known works are difficult to find, and it is a shame that a huge chunk of the medium’s 100 year history is inacessible to fans.
Fortunately, a new website has just been launched for the purpose of commemorating 100 years of Japanese animation, by allowing viewers to watch vintage Japanese cartoons, including the oldest surviving work – Junichi Kouchi’s The Dull Sword (1917), which is a four minute short that depicts a samurai struggling with a newly-bought sword.
In total, the archive boasts of 64 vintage films dating from 1917 to 1941. As far as we can tell, the streams are not region-locked and include optional English subs.