Anpanman (lost first anime adaptation of manga series; 1979)

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Anpanman Book.jpg

The original book the anime is based on.

Status: Lost

Anpanman is an animated television series in Japan, based on the picture book of the same name by Takashi Yanase. It began broadcasting on Nippon Television on October 3rd, 1988, and is still on the air today. However, 9 years before that, another anime series was produced and broadcast by NHK.


Creator Takashi Yanase was a guest on "Okaasan to Issho" (With Mother) on NHK on June 24th, 1976, to discuss Anpanman. It was also rebroadcasted on August 18th of that same year.

On March 13th, 1979, Anpanman was broadcasted on "Haruyasumi Kodomo no Hiroba"(Spring Break Children's Square) and in the "Ohanashi Ehon"(Tale Book) section of Okaasan to Issho. Japanese actress Meiko Nakamura played the Anpanman, as well as Uncle Jam, Baikinman, and the narrator. The show was written by Takashi Yanase, sound by Taku Izumi, and animated by Atsushi Mōri.[1]

Anpanman was rebroadcasted on Haruyasumi Kodomo no Hiroba on April 1st, 1980, and again on March 10th, 1981, on the same program. It was rebroadcasted on July 20th, 1982, as an Okaasan to Issho summer special and "Natsu no Kodomo Studio"(Kids Studio in Summer). At this time, this is the last rerun of the program.[2]


Because NHK only began to store programs in 1981, most television programs produced before that date such as the NHK version of Anpanman are lost.


Call for information on NHK version of Anpanman in 1979.

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