Happy 100th Anniversary of Japanese Animation!

Congratulations on the 50th Anniversary of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.

The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival is gaining a lot of attention internationally for its wonderful and unique character. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for introducing Japan’s 100-year animation project, “Anime NEXT_100,” on the 50th Anniversary of your festival.

The Association of Japanese Animation is promoting “Anime NEXT_100.” Activities for the following three main projects have begun in earnest, with the goal of communicating the power of Japanese anime to the world. 

  1. A complete collection of Japanese anime: creating database/archives
  2. Education on animation/finding and cultivating human resources
  3. The future of animation: strengthening international promotion within the industry

“Anime NEXT_100” established October 22 as “Anime Day.” This dates back to 1958 when “Hakujaden,” the first technicolor full-length manga movie, was released, leading to a new era for Japanese anime.

The support you provided has helped Japanese anime commemorate its 100th anniversary. “Anime NEXT_100” believes in the future of anime; we hope to use this precious opportunity to create a better future together.

The pursuit of creativity is constant at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and “Anime NEXT_100.” We hope this will be the first step in our collaborative effort to spread anime to the world.

Kazuko Ishikawa

President, The Association of Japanese Animations
Representative, The Association of Japanese Animation “Anime NEXT_100”
Representative, Nippon Animation Co., Ltd.

Congratulations on the 50th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. I am very honored to know that six Japanese anime works have been nominated in the competition segment.

The first Japanese animation was released in January 1917 at Kinema Club, a place where many important films have aired that is located in one of the centers for Japanese entertainment, Asakusa (Tokyo). The title of the film was “Dekoboko Shingacho: Imosuke Inoshishigari Volume,” which was produced by Hekoten Shimokawa, a former manga artist. Unfortunately, this work could not be recovered.

A 100 years since then, Japanese animation has become known around the world as “anime.” We are grateful for the opportunity to introduce our project for the 100th anniversary of anime, “Anime NEXT 100,” at the 50th anniversary of the world-leading Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.

Over the past 100 years, 12,036 titles and 161,453 episodes of anime have been released.  Furthermore, among those 12,036 titles, 2,435 titles were first released in theaters.

There are a variety of works we would like you and the international community to see. Anime will never be forgotten, something that can be said for all forms of animation. Whether produced in 2017 or 1917, I believe that interesting animation and films reinvigorate their viewers.

We kicked-off “Anime Film Festival Tokyo,” a new event especially for anime. Its goal is to create a strong network and communicate the appeals of anime to as many people as possible around the globe based on the slogan “challenging the 100th year.” I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival for helping us send our first message to the world during their 50th anniversary.

Yasuo Miyakawa

Executive Producer, The Association of Japanese Animations “Anime NEXT_100”
President and CEO, SUNRISE Inc.