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Steven HellerThe fate of kamishibai paralleled the postwar renewal of Japanese society, which shed its traditional feudal past. Shortly after the occupation ended, in 1952, Japan's public television station began broadcasting to a small number of homes. By 1963, 4.5 million sets were operating, and cartoon shows ostensibly put an end to the street corner kamishibai forever. Eric Nash…superbly documents this lost legacy, a missing link in the evolution of comics.
—The New York Times