IN THE BEGINNING The Bible Stories 

(C) NTV / RAI

WOWOW / 24 minutes / In color / 26 episodes
Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd., Nippon Television Broadcasting Network Co., Ltd., Italian National Broadcasting Company
(Japanese version) April 1, 1997 - May 9, 1997, Monday - Friday (except holidays and May 8), 7:00 - 7:30 AM, 6:00 - 6:30 PM

   
 
Adam
Arimoto Kinryu
Eve
Terauchi Yorie
Roco
Tanaka Mayumi
Cain
Kitagawa Katsuhiro
Abel
Miyamoto Mitsuru
Noah
Fujimoto Yuzuru
Original Plan and Story line: Tezuka Osamu
Writer and Production: Nippon Television Broadcasting Network Co., Ltd., Italian National Broadcasting Company
Production Studio: Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Planning: Okada Shinkichi, Kurata Katsuhiro, Matsutani Takamasa, and Luciano Scaffa
Screenplay: Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Producers: Takagishi Masami, Miura Hime, Takei Hidehiko, and Nakamura Masao
Music: Hattori Katsuhisa
Character Design: Tezuka Osamu, Seya Shinji
Animation Directors: Yoshimura Masateru, Sugino Akio, Kobayashi Junji, and Shimada Hideaki
Art Directors: Okada Kazuo, Saito Masami
Director: Dezaki Osamu
Recording Production: Audio Planning You Co., Ltd., APU Studio
Sound Director: Kobayashi Katsuyoshi
Supervisor: Imamichi Yoko (Saint Paulo Monastic Order for Women)
Producers: Iwasa Yoshihiro, Kubota Minoru
Production Coordinator: Kuwahara Satoshi
Through the Italian National Broadcasting Network, Tezuka Osamu received an ardent request from the Vatican to make the Bible into animated form. This request was probably made to see how the Bible would be depicted by the non-Christian Tezuka Osamu. Tezuka Osamu accepted the request and spent an entire two years to complete a pilot film. It was about the mythology of Noah's ark, with the enthusiastic Tezuka Osamu not only writing the scenario but also drawing pictures by himself. During production, however, he unfortunately passed away, so Director Dezaki took over the film and completed it.



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