Central Park Media
26 December 1986
| 6.9/10 |
ANB (eps 33-34)
25 April 1986
Nippon TV, TV Asahi
| 25 April 1986 – 26 December 1986|
Dagon in the Land of Weeds, Sango‑sho Densetsu: Aoi Umi n, Back to the Forest, Laura - the Prairie Girl, Attack on Tomorrow
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.
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.
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.
Animated Classics of Japanese Literature Wikipedia