Three Tales (Japanese: 新しい動画 3つのはなし) was a black and white Japanese anime aired in 1960. It was the first domestic anime ever televised.
The show was an experimental anthology broadcast on the NHK channel. It was divided into 3 parts featuring individual short fairy tales. The first part of the show titled "The Third Plate" is technically the first anime segment ever televised. In total, the show was 30 minutes long.Though it is questionable as to how wide spread the anime actually was, since NHK was only broadcasting to 866 TV sets as of 1953. There is no known estimate as to how much their infrastructure scaled just 7 years later. Though the best evidence pointing to the anime as being black and white comes from the NHK station record, which indicated they did not make their first analog color broadcast until September 10, 1960 at 8:55pm 9 months later in Tokyo and Osaka.
The stories were by Kenji Miyazawa (Oppel and the Elephant),Kosuke Hamada (Third Blood),Mia Ogawa (Sleepy Town).