Ranked #2700


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
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: NTT Docomo, Atelier Musa
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.171 (scored by 11,617 users)
Ranked: #27002
Popularity: #1216
Members: 35,113
Favorites: 104
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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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Houjou, Kuniko
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Ariga, Yui
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Ishii, Makoto
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Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Tsuruoka, Yota
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Takahashi, Yukio
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Nogami, Kazuo
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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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Nov 26, 2009
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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Sep 14, 2009
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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Apr 30, 2009
So the story of Shangri-la is about a girl's adventure in a "urban jungle" as you would call it. The so called Earth as we know it now has suffered damage from global warming and now nations have systems that could eliminate the carbon footprint to save itself. Tokyo now has become the largest carbon absorbing place in the world, and the city called Atlas now towers over it.
This story is pretty unique with characters that aren't shown in most animes.
The main character, Kuniko Hojo is not really your average girl, she might look ten but she's actually eighteen and a bit too energetic read more
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Jul 18, 2014
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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Other than energetic main characters, both anime seem to present a futuristic world divided between castes and the world ruled by a particular resource. For Last Exile, it's airship technology, whereas for Shangri-la, it's carbon. However, Shangri-la is set in the near future and has a strong environmentalism and corporate power issue brought up. 
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