Japanese anime turns to WWII stories – here are three to watch
If you’re a fan of the anime genre, you’ve probably seen a lot of Japanese anime series ranging from One Piece to Cowboy Bebop to Dragon Ball Z or maybe newer series like Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titan. They have unique and interesting storylines, and it’s quite easy to get hooked. If you’re a fan of historical movies and shows, you might want to check out these three animated movies set during World War II.
This list was voted by private soldierof the anime community. As they wrote, “Take a trip back in time when the world was at war and get a new perspective on what happened from a different vantage point.”
In this corner of the world
The plot of In This Corner of The World takes place ten years before the Hiroshima bombing in the 1930s-1940s and is based on a manga. The story focuses on a cheerful woman named Suzu who lives near Hiroshima in a town called Eba and how her life is thrown into chaos after World War II. It also shows how she, as a housewife, helps her family prepare before the bombing and how she regains her passion for life after the Hiroshima bombing.
The film was produced by MAPPA and premiered in Japan on November 12, 2016. In 2017, the anime was released in the United States.
The wind picks up
This 2013 animated historical drama film was animated by Studio Ghibli. It became the highest-grossing Japanese film in Japan in 2013 and received numerous awards and accolades.
The story is a fictional film from the life of Jori Horikoshi, the designer of the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero fighter jets. The plot is about Jori and how he becomes a fighter jet designer after his myopia prevents him from fulfilling his childhood dream of being a pilot. It also shows his romance with Naoko, a lady he met on a train en route to Tokyo Imperial University.
the Grave of the Fireflies
Another anime that was brought to life by Studio Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies, is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story written by novelist Akiyuki Nosaka. The story is set in 1945 and focuses on the struggles of 14-year-old Seita and her four-year-old sister Setsuko during World War II bombings that begin when their mother dies from severe burns. in an incendiary bomb attack in the city of Kobe. .
These three films are interesting because they come from the point of view of the Japanese during this war, a point of view which presents them as victims rather than aggressors in their part of the Second World War. In the years since the end of the war, the Japanese have often been accused of romanticizing their own suffering in this conflict while blatantly ignoring the atrocities committed by their government against millions of Chinese, Filipino and Korean civilians in the territory that they conquered. In the American version of World War II history, we tend to forget that Japan attacked not only the United States, but also the Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo, Australia, Indochina France, the Dutch East Indies, Burma and Thailand, and this while they were waging an ongoing war in which they had conquered a third of China.
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