The world of Japanese Animation or also know as anime is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Japan’s National Film Center, which is part of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo has released many original anime cartoons online to mark the 100th anniversary of Japanese Animation.

From Anime-Expo

As we approach this milestone, the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) will be starting a project that will set the foundation to further support the creation of anime for the next 100 years. At Anime Expo this year, the Chairman of the project, Masuo Ueda (Chairman of Aniplex Inc.) and the Vice Chairman, Yasuo Miyakawa (President and CEO of SUNRISE Inc.) will be attending to explain the details of the project to American fans for the first time. Both Japanese and American guests will have a discussion about the future of anime. As part of the discussion we would also like to take questions and opinions from the fans.

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for โ€œThe Traditional Animation Showโ€ in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.


  1. March 23, 2017 at 7:27 pm — Reply


  2. March 23, 2017 at 11:32 pm — Reply

    I love anime!

  3. March 24, 2017 at 3:13 am — Reply

    This is a thing

  4. Warren
    March 24, 2017 at 5:56 am — Reply

    WHAT!? It’s only been 100 years!??!

    • April 18, 2017 at 11:55 pm — Reply

      This is a most useful conbirtution to the debate

  5. March 24, 2017 at 10:40 am — Reply

    That’s what I love about it their animation

  6. March 24, 2017 at 10:41 am — Reply

    Very cool video! ๐Ÿ˜€ Amazing to watch some of those earliest creations!

    I remember TCM showing some really old animations from years ago. Maybe in 2015 I think it was. There was one that was, nowhere near as old as The Dull Sword, I think it was simply called Magic Boy. I don’t remember it very well unfortunately, but I did think it was neat to see some older animation from Japan. Ok so I just looked it up at the IMDB, Magic Boy was made in 1959, so about halfway back the 100 years I guess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Speaking of The Dull Sword. I wonder if that story helped inspire the character of Kenshin Himura, from the anime Rurouni Kenshin? The fact that the blade is dull in The Dull Sword, and Kenshin’s reversed blade sword which basically is a sword that cannot kill. Just had that thought, and it intrigues me. lol I wonder if I can find out somewhere…. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks so much for sharing the clip and info! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is really neat! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. March 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    Sergio Andres Silva

  8. April 3, 2017 at 5:23 am — Reply

    “The Quack Infantry” looks like a American animation in early years, unlike today anime. “The Dull Sword” has its unique style and looks really great! Thank you for sharing the post. Love anime ^^

  9. April 25, 2017 at 2:39 am — Reply

    Informative blog you have shared to us.

  10. May 19, 2017 at 8:36 am — Reply

    awesome post ! thank you for sharing

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