Ranked #2652


Alternative Titles

English: Shangri-La
Japanese: シャングリ・ラ


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2009 to Sep 14, 2009
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #26522
Popularity: #1111
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In the distant future, earthquakes and the effects of global warming have splintered Japanese society. Some struggle hand-to-mouth in the jungle-tangled ruins of civilization. Some live comfortably within the closed-off city of Atlas. Others lurk online, anonymously hacking the global economy. As nature grows more violent and the divide between classes expands, one spirited girl—Kuniko—must face her destiny and lead her people into the utopia of Atlas. The city's ruthless government isn't going to welcome them with open arms, but Kuniko won't give up until the gates of Atlas are kicked open for good—even if it means discovering that the promised land she dreamed of is built upon a foundation of twisted secrets and lies.

(Source: FUNimation)


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Adaptation: Shangri-La, Shangri-La

Characters & Voice Actors

Houjou, Kuniko
Houjou, Kuniko
Takahashi, Mikako
Takahashi, Mikako
Ariga, Yui
Ariga, Yui
Kusanagi, Kunihito
Kusanagi, Kunihito
Ishii, Makoto
Ishii, Makoto
Nakata, Jouji
Nakata, Jouji


Bessho, Makoto
Bessho, Makoto
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Takahashi, Yukio
Takahashi, Yukio
Episode Director, Storyboard
Nogami, Kazuo
Nogami, Kazuo
Episode Director

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Episodes  0 / 24
Aired  Apr 6, 2009 to Sep 14, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Jul 18, 2014 2:25 AM
So Shangri-La was a major financial failure for not just Gonzo, but the North American and French licencors as well. Long story short, it wasn't what they hoped. Viewers who hate Gonzo need no help in forming an opinion, those who have already seen the show as well; but what about new viewers who don’t know what to expect? So why was this series a failure? Not because of a lack of quality, actually. It delved into themes and issues that simply don’t grab people and presented it in a sometimes too subtle manner that will leave many viewers bored or unaware of what really read more
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Nov 26, 2009 5:35 PM
Everybody knows of at least one anime that, while being rather decent for the most part, is sorely let down by certain rudimentary failings which a little more planning could have easily resolved, and it's unfortunate that as anime has gradually become more commercially viable, this phenomenon steadily been increasing. It's a sad fact though that one of the main avoidable flaws is also one that a little common sense could fix.

A case in point is Shangri-La.

Adapted from the manga of the same name, which in turn is an adaptation of a series of science fiction light novels by Ikegami Eiichi, the anime version is read more
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Jun 4, 2010 9:53 PM
I find this anime extremely underrated.

This anime was outstanding and a jewel of the genre.

It is as enjoyable as it is clever, as fun as it is sad in a sense, and kept me hooked from start to end. It gives the Code Geass sort of feeling, so it was not a shock that I enjoyed it.

The only negative sides I really saw were that they could have developed a few of the characters a little more. But I see an unfathomable amount of potential in this series if they were to extend it, giving it a chance to do as such.

The plot itself read more
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Sep 14, 2009 12:11 AM
I happened to have caught the first episode of this anime on it's air date and I stuck it through all the way to the end. I must say that I am very pleased as upon finishing this anime I am left with that "epic journey" feeling. Well lets get to it...

STORY 6/10 - It was interesting, but I suppose I wouldn't say that it's breathtakingly captivating. Sometimes there will be discussions about the worlds fictional economy and to the less sophisticated the dialogue might go in one ear and out the other. Towards the middle you might feel the plot read more
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Opening Theme

"Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare (キミシニタモウコトナカレ)" by May'n

Ending Theme

#1: "Hajimari no Asa ni Hikari Are. (はじまりの朝に光あれ。)" by midori (eps 1-2, 4-6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17-19, 21, 23)
#2: "Tsuki ni Kakuse shi Chō no Yume (月に隠せし蝶の夢)" by midori (eps 3, 7, 9, 11-12, 14, 16, 20, 22)

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