Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

Sep 27, 2013

Hand-drawn 'Sazae-san' to finally go digital

The venerable TV cartoon “Sazae-san,” still drawn frame by frame in the technique known as cel-based animation, will switch to full digital production next month. The show is the only cel-based anime still broadcast in Japan, according to the Association of Japanese Animations. Until ...

'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record

Sep 6, 2013

'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record

The TV cartoon “Sazae-san,” which began airing in 1969, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-running animated series in the world, beating the U.S. show “The Simpsons.” “I am full of emotions. It is a testament to the fact that people ...

Sazae-san statues face the tax man

Jun 13, 2013

Sazae-san statues face the tax man

by Mizuho Aoki

A merchant group in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward may have to pay some ¥9.8 million in taxes over the next 45 years for bronze statues of characters from the beloved comic strip “Sazae-san” that they installed to promote their district. The Sakurashinmachi Shotengai Shinko Kumiai ...