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Manga: Kimba the White Lion
Kimba the White Lion is a 1965 television series based on Osamu Tezuka's manga "Jungle Taitei" (1950-1954), directed by Tezuka himself. The series follows a white lion named Kimba (Leo in the Japanese version), who due to the death of his father, is forced to become the king of the jungle. With the help of an old baboon who once advised his father and a comically mismatched pair of buddies, he must reclaim his kingdom from a black-maned, scarred lion who has usurped the throne in his absence.

Remind you of anything?

However, for all the comparisons between The Lion King and the show, Kimba's story doesn't just consist of reclaiming the throne, but rather focuses on the aftermath as he tries to reassert his authority across the jungle, and create a new paradise where every animal has rights and prove that even animals can overcome the laws of nature.

In some adaptions of the story, this really doesn't end well. However, due to the fact that this particular series was a collaboration between NBC and Tezuka's Mushi Productions studio, the anime series remains high on the more upbeat side of the scale.

As an additional note, this was in fact the first Japanese animated television series produced in color.

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Jungle Emperor (2009) TV Special Provides Examples of:


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