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Mole's Adventure

Mole's Adventure (もぐらのアバンチュール, Mogura no Abanchūru) is the earliest surviving Japanese anime broadcast on television.[1] Originally airing on July 14, 1958 on NTV and again on October 15, 1958, the nine-minute animation was the first televised Japanese animation and the first example of a full color broadcast.

Mole's Adventure
(Mogura no Abanchūru)
GenreScience fiction
Anime television film
Directed byHiroshi Washizumi
Music byNaozumi Yamamoto
Original networkNTV
ReleasedJuly 14, 1958
Runtime9 minutes
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Mole's Adventure is about a mole, who is bothered by the sun's light. So, he decides to leave the Earth in a rocket ship. He lands on a strange planet, where he travels over the land on a set of skis. He meets & is bothered by the planet's weird creatures, which live above & below the planet's soil. After using a flashlight to make the creatures scatter, he is then hit by the sun's rays again, causing him to fall off the planet. While falling, the mole wakes up, realizing it was all just a dream.


  1. ^ "Oldest TV Anime's Color Screenshots Posted". Anime News Network. June 19, 2013. Retrieved July 17, 2013.