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Old 2013-06-02, 16:36   Link #1
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Historical anime?

And by historical, I mean set in Japan's history, i.e. not modern day... granted, dramas are probably the better source, but here's what I've seen:

Rurouni Kenshin
Sengoku Basara
Mushishi (since this is set in a weird time period)
Oda Nobuna no yabou
Basilisk
Blade of the Immortal
Brave10

there might be more that I'm not recalling off the top of my head... and please, try to stay away from the genderbent stuff (here's looking at you, Sengoku Otome)
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Old 2013-06-02, 17:41   Link #2
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Oda Nobuna was also a genderbend stuff though?

Anyways,Hyouge Mono.

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Old 2013-06-02, 21:36   Link #3
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True, but it's the one that I actually like, as compared to stuff like Sengoku Otome
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Old 2013-06-02, 22:09   Link #4
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Well basically you are looking for anime set in a past era of Japan? Whether there are clear historical references or not?

You could try "Sword of the stranger" a very nice movie from studio bones
There is also "The Hakkenden" but it's kinda old.
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Old 2013-06-02, 22:18   Link #5
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You phrased it better than I did... and I forgot to add sword of the stranger to my list

I was trying to phrase it in order to also keep away from things such as Strike witches, which I've seen a couple episodes of, and although it's sort of historical, it's not what I'm looking for
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Old 2013-06-02, 23:59   Link #6
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You should check out Kids on the Slope. It's set in 1960s Japan, which is a rather unique setting for anime. The ending felt a little rushed to me (in both the anime and the manga) but the production values and music were both top notch.
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Old 2013-06-03, 01:07   Link #7
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Samurai Champloo should do the trick.
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Old 2013-06-03, 05:42   Link #8
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Sarai-ya Goyou (aka House of Five Leaves)

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Akitsu Masanosuke is a timid ronin on his way to Edo from the countryside when he accidentally encounters a playboy named Yaichi, who asks him to be his bodyguard. But it turns out that Yaichi is actually the leader of a group of bandits called the "Five Leaves", and he's hoping that Masanosuke will join them. Masanosuke is reluctant to help them, but as he grows closer to his eccentric new companions, he learns to relate to them and grow as a person in the process.
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Old 2013-06-03, 07:28   Link #9
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I'll second the recommendation of Hyouge Mono, especially now that it has been completely subbed. It portrays the events of the Sengoku ("Warring States") period through the eyes of one of Nobunaga Oda's lesser vassals. Hyouge Mono has a nice mix of drama and comedy while it retells some of the key events in Japan's political development.

On a different note, I'll suggest Oh! Edo Rocket, a wacky sci-fi romp set in 1843-44 Edo. Many of the characters are historical personages, and the events the show depicts like the Osaka riots and the Tenpou reforms are also real. One of my top-ten shows.

I'll also second TRL's suggestion of Sarai-ya Goyou. Funimation offers the entire series for free on YouTube with English subs.

Similar in period to Kids on the Slope is the slice-of-life Showa Monogatari about the daily lives of a lower-middle-class family in Tokyo in 1964, the year the Olympics came to Japan. It's pretty obvious from the nostalgic presentation that the show targets an older audience, but I enjoyed the little "walkabouts" that visited places depicted in the stories, and the nice presentation during the OP of how the animators recaptured the look of the period from photographs.

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Finally I'll suggest one other show not set in Japan, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, about the adventures of a 16-yo Japanese girl who comes to late 19th century Paris to work as a shop girl for an iron monger. Satelight's crew of French illustrators worked hard to capture the architecture and period interiors for this show. The girl, Yune, vied with Usagi Drop's Rin for the cutest main character of 2011.
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Old 2013-06-03, 10:27   Link #10
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I have a question for the OP: How did you stay away from genderbent anime, is it because they're more loose (story-wise) compared to others?
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Old 2013-06-03, 13:30   Link #11
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When it comes to the genderbent stuff, with Oda nobuna being the one and only exception... well, it's very simple: I don't want any of the feudal warlords of the Sengoku Jidai being turned into moe-ified girls, and usually the anime descriptions give me plenty of heads-up.
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Old 2013-06-03, 13:45   Link #12
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Feudal Japan is practically a genre in itself when it comes to anime/manga. If you want a comprehensive list you can look here for examples.

I personally recommend:
Katanagatari
Samurai Champloo
House of Five Leaves
Ouji-san no Lamp (<= Definitely recommend watching this one. It's only one episode!)
Kids on a Slope (1960s)
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Old 2013-06-03, 14:31   Link #13
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When it comes to the genderbent stuff, with Oda nobuna being the one and only exception... well, it's very simple: I don't want any of the feudal warlords of the Sengoku Jidai being turned into moe-ified girls, and usually the anime descriptions give me plenty of heads-up.
So you mean you're a major fan of the Sengoku Era theme and don't want the feudal warlords to turn into genderbended characters and you get feared when such references gets butchered?
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Old 2013-06-03, 14:52   Link #14
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Hetalia has some Japanese history, lol.
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Old 2013-06-03, 18:57   Link #15
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I'll mention, without necessarily endorsing, the Hakuoki shows based on a series of otome games. The main girl becomes involved with the Shinsengumi, here portrayed as bishies rather unlike their more prosaic selves.


I got bored with this show when it became clear the female protagonist wasn't actually going to do very much. I was disappointed since she is voiced by the excellent Kuwashima Houko who usually plays strong-willed heroines like Kou Shurrei of Saiunkoku Monogatari and Clare in Claymore.
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Old 2013-06-03, 21:40   Link #16
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Samurai Champloo
Hakuouki
Inuyasha
Katanagatari
Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari
also known as Hundred Stories
Seirei no Moribito



It has to be Japan, right? Otherwise there is also Berserk and Claymore.

I would really recommend Seirei No Morbito.

Hakuouki wise it is pretty historical since it gives dates and history information with just some fictional elements. While main heroine is annoying, I found series entertaining and actually would recommend to start with prequel where she is non existent yet.

Prequel is called Hakuouki Reimeiroku.
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Old 2013-06-04, 11:26   Link #17
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I'll mention, without necessarily endorsing, the Hakuoki shows based on a series of otome games. The main girl becomes involved with the Shinsengumi, here portrayed as bishies rather unlike their more prosaic selves.
The Shinsengumi make frequent appearances in many a Japanese historical drama. That is somewhat ironic, given the mixed views of their reputation in the years leading up to the Meiji Restoration.

Another historical drama that is loosely based on the Shinsengumi is Peacemaker Kurogane. I must add that I never actually watched more than a few disjointed bits and pieces of the anime, which seemed targeted at shounen, or maybe very young seinen. It seems a bit dry given its setting and premise, but it may still be worth checking out.

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Tetsunosuke Ichimura has always been upset about his short stature. After witnessing the murder of his parents by a Choushuu assassin, he vowed to take revenge. It is now 1864, the first year of Genji. Tetsunosuke, now 15, heads to the headquarters of the Shinsengumi with his older brother Tatsunosuke, looking to join the historical group to fulfil his dreams of getting stronger. He doesn't realise that, in order to join this elite unit, he would soon have to forego his humanity and become a demon.

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Old 2013-06-05, 19:01   Link #18
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Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi. Based on the famous anthology. Romantic, colorful a little sentimental and a lot of fun.
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Old 2013-06-06, 02:47   Link #19
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One more suggestion. It's more of a rom-com set in a historical period (Meiji) than a period drama, but don't be put off by its shoujo-inspired designs; Otome Youkai Zakuro was a diamond in the rough that took many by surprise in the autumn of 2010, not least because of that one enthralling (yet oddly tragic) song...

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Am I a flower, a butterfly, or a demon?
Ah! Should I no longer be concerned about my body or this world?
What I wield is not a lipstick, but a piercing blade
Would you be so kind as to give me plenty of praise?

I am a blooming flower, happy about my blooming, too
Ah! However, a flower must scatter away at some point
I can sever my fate, but cannot sever that child's life
If I should have killed, only more infernal torture will await me.

I am a withered flower, the flower bud of a demon.
No matter how hard I try, I cannot stop my being dyed crimson.
To me, neither the lipstick nor that child is needed.
Someday, please kindly allow me to change back into a flower bud.

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Old 2013-06-06, 15:05   Link #20
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Since no one has mentioned it yet I'll add Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto into the suggestions mix. The series is an original animation by Studio Sunrise.
The story is set in the Bakumatsu (final years of the Edo) period shortly before the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate and the transition to the Meiji government. It is very heavily interwoven with historical references and figures (which can sometimes be quite trying to follow), incorporates (among other things) a Kabuki theater group and tops the package off with supernatural elements and adventure - all in all a unique and sometimes weird mixture. Personally I am quite fond of it, especially the soundtrack is nice. I guess you will have to find out for yourself if it is your cup of tea.

Another series not yet mentioned is Otogizoushi (Otogi Zoshi: The Legend of Magatama) animated by Production I.G. This series is also quite unique. It consists of two arcs: the first part is set in the Heian era, the second part in modern day Tokyo. The two parts are tied together loosely by the story - I would consider the Heian arc to be the superior one; a matter of taste I guess. In the Heian arc the cultural surroundings are portrayed quite interestingly, the story is interspersed with Japanese folklore and features legendary figures like Abe no Seimei - basically it is an adventure/fantasy at its core though.
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