Ranked #1349


Alternative Titles

Japanese: ジパング


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.561 (scored by 2,386 users)
Ranked: #13492
Popularity: #3039
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Mirai, an improved Kongou-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, is one of the newest and most advanced ships in the entire Japanese Self Defense Force (SDF). Her crew, also one of the newest, is lead by Capt. Umezu Saburo and Executive Officer Kadomatsu Yosuke. While running scheduled training exercises one day, Mirai encounters a fierce storm that throws their navigation systems into temporary disarray. After a few minutes of recovery, the crew is shocked to discover that they've been transported back in time to June 4, 1942—The Battle of Midway, during World War II. Letting history take its course for this battle, they manage to avoid the conflict firsthand and make a vow to remain annonymous, changing history as little as possible. However, when the crew comes across the dying Lt. Commander Kusaka Takumi, XO. Kadomatsu's instincts to save lives takes over, changing the course of history more than he could've imagined.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kusaka, Takumi
Kusaka, Takumi
Touchi, Hiroki
Touchi, Hiroki
Kadomatsu, Yosuke
Kadomatsu, Yosuke
Inada, Tetsu
Inada, Tetsu
Umezu, Sabure
Umezu, Sabure
Yara, Yuusaku
Yara, Yuusaku
Kikuchi, Masayuki
Kikuchi, Masayuki
Hoshino, Takanori
Hoshino, Takanori


Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Furuhashi, Kazuhiro
Director, Script
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Hiramitsu, Takuya
Sound Director
Matsushita, Yukihiro
Matsushita, Yukihiro
Episode Director, Storyboard
Okamoto, Hideki
Okamoto, Hideki
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(3/26)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Mirai Sets Sail
Mirai Shukkou (みらい出港)
Oct 8, 2004
2 Midway
Midway (ミッドウェー)
Oct 15, 2004
3 Person Adrift
Hyouryuusha (漂流者)
Oct 22, 2004

Opening Theme

"Rashinban (羅針盤)" by AUDIO RULEZ

Ending Theme

"Kimi wo Miteiru (君を見ている)" by BEGIN

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Jul 31, 2015
This review will include some spoilers about the 1st few episodes in order to make a constructive criticism of the story and the characters. I precise that i have not read the manga.


This anime is the japanese counterpart of The Final Countdown movie, instead of an American battleship sent into WWII, this time a Japanese ultra modern cruiser, the Mirai, is transported to the battle of Midway.
The 1st turning point is the decision of the crew is to save the life of a Japanese officer, the Lt Kusaka who had drowned in the actual timeline.
The anime then focus on the survival of read more
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Jun 11, 2013
I would have never watched this if my internet hadn't had some connection issues. To my huge surprise from the very first episode it already caught my interest and I ended up watching 7 episodes without a break.

I personally want to give title "Cliffhanger" to this anime. Like 90% of the episodes ended up with a cliffhanger... Don't get me wrong, I actually loved this. I kind of regret it aired before I started watching anime, because this anime had enormously huge variety of topics to discuss. Every episode was very different from the previous one and many turnarounds happened. I was sometimes even confused read more
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Feb 22, 2015

The story begins as Mirai, a newly constructed improved Kongou class missile destroyer and one of the most advanced ships of the Japanese Self-Defence Force, and its crew of more than 200 people departs from Yokohoma Base to Pearl Harbor. However, a strange phenomenon occurs as they are on their way to the Pearl Harbor and the crew becomes shocked when they see Yamato, the strongest ship of Imperial Japanese Navy from WW2, and other WW2 ships like Nagato,Akagi etc. They realize that they are no longer in post-war Japan of 21st century and they are sent to 1942— to the middle of Battle of read more
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Mar 24, 2009
If you were the captain of a highly advanced Japanese warship sent back in time to the Second World War, would you change history to bring victory to your people, or would you do everything to preserve the way of life you knew in the 21st century? The crew of the Mirai are torn, as they grapple with this very question, watching the legendary Yamato slink by them in the fog. "Zipang" is less about time travel and altering history, than it is about accepting the reality around you. While many hold out hope for a return to the "present", many others read more
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Anime: Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova
Both deal with war
Both deal with ships

One deals with friendships and bonds
The other deals with alternative histories and complex characters.

If you liked arpeggio you'll probably enjoy Zipang. 
reportRecommended by super88
Anime: Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri
Both series features modern japanese military servicemen time travel to less developed parallel dimension/world.

But while in Zipang they travel to WWII-times parrallel dimension of our world, in Gate they being sent to a late medieval fantasy world. 
reportRecommended by Jambatti
Anime: Steins;Gate
Both have people that are sent back to the past.
Zipang, they have a vast amount of knowledge to draw from that will help change a large war and subsequent events to come but try not to leave any significant impact on the timeline for fear of the butterfly effect and grandfather paradox.
Steins;Gate, they use time travel freely and consequently create many paradoxes in which they need to keep using a time machine to go to the past and close/fix the paradoxes. 
reportRecommended by ADShieldWall
Anime: Full Metal Panic!
Both contain heavy references to military warfare, and contain an important military theme throughout the shows. Both also contain naval heavy plots, however Full Metal Panic also contains more slice of life, as opposed to Zipang's more thought provoking and interesting plot. 
reportRecommended by GreenGiant96
Anime: Senjou no Valkyria
Love Military? Love war? Love alternate history? Then, if you've watched either of these anime's, then i'm sure that you're gonna love the other one. Valkyria Chronicles focuses on the alternate world aspect, with tanks etc. and contains some Romance, whereas Zipang focuses on what would happen if you were sent back in time, and had the chance to change history and turn the favor of a war. 
reportRecommended by GreenGiant96
Anime: Oda Nobuna no Yabou
Main characters go back to the past with their vast knowledge of the future.
Main characters go back to the past with superior technology that can be used to change the outcome of a war significantly.
Main characters in Zipang are conflicted about using their knowledge to change future outcomes, fearing the butterfly effect and grandfather paradox. 
reportRecommended by ADShieldWall

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