is a manga
series by Kō Kojima
which runs in the adult magazine Weekly Asahi Geinō
, published by Tokuma Shoten
. It is the longest running comic with only one artist, being published weekly since October 1956, and the longest-running strip ever in Japan. By contrast, Golgo 13
is the longest running manga to be serialized in a dedicated manga magazine with Doraemon
the second longest, and Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo
) the third longest (Asahi Geino is not a dedicated manga magazine). While Sennin Buraku
has been running for more years than Peanuts
, Charles M. Schulz
's strip has more "episodes" as it ran daily rather than weekly. The story was a romantic comedy taking place in historical China
, and it was quite risqué
for its time. The characters were very traditionally dressed (e.g. all wearing kimono
Sennin Buraku was the first late night anime, broadcast shortly before midnight on Fuji TV from September 4, 1963 to February 23, 1964. This was the first anime series produced by Tele-Cartoon Japan, and a page exists on their website about it. The series was in black and white ran for 23 episodes. A live action movie was released in 1961, titled .
The ancient Chinese
village of Taoyuan is populated solely by Taoist ascetics
. The eldest, Lao Shi, conducts research into the mysteries
, while his disciple
Zhi Huang remains more interested in pleasures of the flesh
. He has fallen for three pretty sisters
who live nearby, much to Lao Shi's annoyance.
While the manga has run for over fifty years now, it has had no collection volumes released in English
. The only way to read the manga is to buy or subscribe to Weekly Asahi Geinō
, or to buy the Japanese tankōbon
Live action movie
The 83-minute live action movie was titled Fūryū Kokkei-tan: Sennin Buraku
, and was released in theaters by Shintoho
Each episode of the anime series was 15 minutes long. The first eight episodes were broadcast from 23:40 to 23:55 on Wednesday nights on Fuji TV
following the world news, and episodes nine through 23 were broadcast from 23:30 to 23:45 on Monday nights.
The opening theme song, Sennin Buraku no Thema, was sung by Three Graces, arranged by Tōru Kino and the lyrics were written by Takeo Yamashita.