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In The Beginning: The Bible Stories is an anime series that adapts the Old Testament (and Jesus' birth) of The Bible.

It was directed by Osamu Tezuka as a request of the Vatican to create an anime based on the Bible. Since Tezuka died before ending the series, the direction was done by Osamu Dezaki.

The most recurrent character is Roco (Loco in English), a fox which has many problems and misadventures.


  • Accidental Murder: When Moses jumped on the abusive foreman, the decoration of the medal Moses was wearing cut the foreman's throat.
  • Acrofatic: Potiphar is fat and the captain of the Guard. He is never seen in action, but he is in high rank.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Potiphar's wife didn't cheat on her husband and didn't imprison Joseph.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Judah encouraged Simeon to kill Joseph. In the Bible, he was the Token Good Teammate of Joseph's brothers other than Benjamin, he was against killing Joseph and suggested to sell him as a slave to save his life from the rest of brothers. Here, he still suggests that, but he is happy about it.
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  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Mostly played straight, although there are aversions when Moses and the second Pharaoh were kids as well as Eve in the first episode.
  • Bare Your Midriff:
    • Adam's top showed his stomach.
    • In the first chapter of Joseph of Egypt, there is a Belly Dancer who wears this.
    • The maids of the first Pharaoh's daughter in the story of Exodus dress this way when Moses is found by her.
  • Beauty Mark: Hagar has one on the right side of her chin, and is quite beautiful.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • The character Roco the Fox, who is very notable in the series, was almost completely removed from the English dubbed version that aired on television in the United States for no known given reason. He makes a few random appearances, but they are minimal when compared to the uncut episodes where he appears frequently.
    • In the original Japanese version, most of the nudity in the series was shown with no censorships. When it aired in the U.S., most of the nudity was censored.
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    • Many of the episodes in the English version that aired on TV in the United States had many scenes removed, including almost every scene with Roco and the episodes would usually use scenes from two episodes instead of just one.
  • Canon Foreigner: Roco the fox never appeared in any of the bible stories and he was likely added to add comic relief to the series.
  • Carpet of Virility: Potiphar has lots of hair in his chest.
  • The Chew Toy: Roco. His clumsiness and lack of success are for comic relief.
  • Christian Fiction: Explicitly written to bring Bible stories to an audience that might not hear them otherwise.
  • Friend to All Children: Moses shows shades of this when he talks about animals with the children. Tzipporah had told them to go, but Moses let them speak to him.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Moses recognizes animals as creations of God, and even talked a few children about them.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Age was not kind to the second pharaoh. He looked fine when he was a teenager, but now, not. He became fat and has a rather mean face.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: In the Creation episode, there's a bunch of relatively obscure prehistoric animals such a brontothere, a glyptodont and giant Archeopteryx, alongside with sabertooths and mammoths. The Noah's Ark episode had 3 pairs of 3 penguin species.
  • Shirtless Scene: Frequently on men. Or Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Skinny Dipping:
    • Adam and Eve did this in the first episode
    • Moses and the second Pharaoh (in his youth) involved in this when they were young, and the latter saw the former was circumsized and thus a Hebrew.
  • Suddenly Speaking: While Roco the fox is seen usually making fox noises, in certain episodes, he'll be shown talking just like the humans. He usually talks when he's near other animals.


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