Zipang (2004 IMDb)

Categorization

Seinen science fiction in the form of a time slip from the present to the past.

Subject

The contemporary Japanese AEGIS Destroyer “Mirai” (lit. “future”) is transported back in time to WW2.

Commentary

The time travel as such is portrayed as a fluke, neither clearly supernatural nor necessarily purposeful. The consequences are examined quite carefully and seriously. Historiographically, as a treatment of the memory of WW2, it is a cut above the usual Japanese standard. For an overview, see Pascal Lefèvre, “What if the Japanese could alter WW2?: A case study of Kawaguchi's manga series”, Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art (SJoCA) vol. 3:1 (fall 2016).

References here: “Don't mention the war!”.

Japanese production animation series