Manga Nihon Emaki (Anime News Network offers the title translation of “Animated Japanese Picture Scrolls”) was an anthology series from that featured traditional and historical Japanese stories. The show’s chief director was Noboru Ishiguro, whose long resume includes Space Battleship Yamato, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Sabu & Ichi, Future Boy Conan, Megazone 23 Part I, Macross (original TV series & movie), Orguss…you get the idea.
The series first aired in Japan in 1977, and was shown with English subtitles in the 1980s on KHAI-TV, UHF channel 20 in Hawaii. I shared some episodes in 2014, from a VHS tape provided by Laurine and digitized by AnimeSennin. Now Dougo13 has provided me with episodes from a second tape, recorded by the same trading pal in Hawaii.
So, here’s a new batch that contains all of the episodes I posted from the first tape, plus several new ones from this second tape. Massive thanks to Dougo13, Laurine, Dave, and AnimeSennin, for their work in preserving these subtitled episodes for so many years. Now they can be shared with the world…
Now here’s an interesting puzzler. These tapes also contain some subtitled episodes of Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi, another anime adaptation of traditional Japanese folk tales. The show had a massively successful run from 1975-1994, but I’ve been having difficulty figuring out the episode numbers of the ones on these tapes. Both ANN and the Japanese Wikipedia page for the series have listed a vast number of episode titles, but I can’t seem to match up a single one of them with the episodes on these tapes. If anyone can help figure this out I’d appreciate it, otherwise I’ll probably just end up releasing the episodes without official numbers.
A search for the text まめだ comes up with nothing in either episode list. I’ve tried this with a few of the other episodes as well.