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Bacillus. The Bacillus appeared in the Japanese kamishibai “Ken-chan Banzai!” (circa 1941). Kamishibai are stories for children told by wandering performers.

The Bacillus is an evil tuberculosis bacillus which deliberately and wickedly targets the internal organs of young Ken-chan. Fortunately, Ken-chan and his mother have access to a wise doctor, who advises Ken-chan to eat healthy foods and exercise, and he becomes so healthy that his internal organs can gather together, grab spears, and skewer the Bacillus.

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