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Old 2012-04-16, 05:33   Link #1
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Politics charged Anime

Do you have any recommendations for an anime which has a little bit of politics in its theme. Something from Monster to Infinite Ryvius. Yeah I know those 2 are completely different but you get the point

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Old 2012-04-16, 06:02   Link #2
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Try, Colourcloud Palace. Its quite good.
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Old 2012-04-16, 06:06   Link #3
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Gunslinger Girls has it as the major backdrop of the story.
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Old 2012-04-16, 06:20   Link #4
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I heavily recommend Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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Old 2012-04-16, 06:41   Link #5
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Gasaraki has it's fair share of it, specially during the second half.
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Old 2012-04-16, 07:39   Link #6
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"Cloudcolor Palace" is known as Saiunkoku Monogatari in Japan and was released as "Tale of Saiunkoku" in the US. It's now in licensing limbo.

Both of Uehashi Nahoko's adapted novels, Seirei no Moribito and Kemono no Sou-ja Erin, have political themes. She's especially interested in how Asian cultures manipulated ancient myths to justify contemporary rulers. There are also some imperial political struggles depicted in Twelve Kingdoms.

Hyouge Mono portrays the end of Nobunaga's rule and the consequent struggle for power. Only about a third of the episodes are currently available in fansubs, and the pace of release means you'll be watching this for months into the future. The Sengoku period is a popular subject in anime but, as exemplified by the currently-running Sengoku Collection, rarely treated with the seriousness of Hyouge Mono.

Oh! Edo Rocket satirizes political repression by focusing on the period after the Tenpou Reforms in the 1840's. It also has aliens, unusual artwork, a great score, and a very funny script. As anime goes, it's pretty unique. Toshokan Sensou also tells a story about censorship in a near-future Japan.

Planetes has a subplot about the distribution of world resources and struggles between the more-developed and less-developed nations on earth. Among other science fiction shows, I think there are some political undercurrents in Shirow's Real Drive and more clearly in Ergo Proxy.

You'll notice a distinct absence of stories here about contemporary Japanese politics. I'm sure this isn't just an oversight on the part of manga-ka and animators, but a reflection of cultural and political realities in Japan. A couple of shows allude to how influential families wield power behind the scenes, in particular Yakushiji Ryoko no Kaiki Jikenbo and Kurenai.
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Old 2012-04-16, 11:58   Link #7
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UN-GO has a strong political theme throughout. Freedom of thought, internationalism vs. nationalism, sexual politics... Very smart and thought-provoking.
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Old 2012-04-16, 14:05   Link #8
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Dog Days has a little bit of politics because two kingdoms fight (in a friendly matter) to prove a nations strength, teamwork, and fighting/magic ability. There are diplomatic talks, rules, and regulations that are mentioned from time to time.
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Old 2012-04-16, 18:00   Link #9
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I second Un-Go and Toshokan Sensou, both shows that are fairly heavy on the political themes, but could still be entertaining even if you end up not being too invested in the issues they tackle.
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I'll third Un-Go and second Twelve Kingdoms and Seirei no Moribito, both are fantasy but have a large political aspect to them.
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Old 2012-04-17, 03:34   Link #11
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Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere contain a complicated plot and is heavy in terms of politics.
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Old 2012-04-18, 08:04   Link #12
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SeijiSensei has suggested a lot of awesome anime. There's only one I can add:

Toward the Terra. That's for sure. It's pretty similar with Infinite Ryvius. The main lead might seem like an immature boy at first but he grows up to be a dependent leader later on. There is a lot of political struggles between the humans and the Mu Clan (advanced humans).
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