The Anime History You Don't Know

By Brian Ashcraft on at

You may think because you've logged impressive viewing hours, you know everything about anime. Sorry, you don't. There's more history to be discovered.

Since last February, Twitter site Anime in History has been unearthing historical images from the National Anime Archives. These are rare and unseen photos that show just how important anime has been through the last century.

For example, you thought Attack on Titan only started in 2009? Silly you! The top image dates from 1945.

Let's have a look at some of the impressive images Anime in History has photoshopped collected:

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

John D. Rockefeller with John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Robert Edward O. Speedwagon, 1915.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

France, 1915.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Amelia Earhart and Nausicaä, 1921.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Chicago speakeasy, 1924.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Having tea, 1930.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Albert Einstein with Gendo Ikari, 1931.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

London, 1940.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Archer and Humphrey Bogart, 1942.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

New York, 1943.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Berlin, 1945.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

St. Louis, Missouri, November 4, 1948.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

London, 1958.

If you like these images—and really, if you don't, you make me sad—be sure to follow Anime in History on Twitter or peruse the picture index on Tumblr.

The Anime History You Don't Know

[Photo: AniHistory]

Gallipoli, 1915.

(Hat tip to Twitter user Neontaster!)


Top photo: AniHistory