Ranked #2524


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


Score: 7.191 (scored by 10574 users)
Ranked: #25242
Popularity: #1047
Members: 31,070
Favorites: 95
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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

Ariga, Yui
Ariga, Yui
Yu, Apphia
Yu, Apphia
Houjou, Kuniko
Houjou, Kuniko
Takahashi, Mikako
Takahashi, Mikako
Seidel, Lindsay
Seidel, Lindsay
Kusanagi, Kunihito
Kusanagi, Kunihito
Ishii, Makoto
Ishii, Makoto
Popovic, Frédéric
Popovic, Frédéric
Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Horiuchi, Kenyuu
Massey, Bryan
Massey, Bryan


Bessho, Makoto
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Takahashi, Yukio
Episode Director, Storyboard
Oonogi, Hiroshi
Script, Series Composition

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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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Dec 11, 2013
I didn't think I'd be hopping back to Shangri-La again. When I think of this series, I think wasted potential. A post-apocalyptic anime focused around themes such as reduction of a country's carbon footprint for economic stability and dealing with the corrupt creator of a utopian city would seem like interesting ideas on paper for an anime series. However, Shangri-La chooses to mix said ideas around while sticking to conventional territory in its focus on our lead heroine Kuniko and her comrades of the radical group called Metal Age. This results in some pretty mixed and often sloppy results as the anime attempts to spin read more
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Jun 4, 2010
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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Both series are based on different novels that use a similar post-apocalyptic setting where a community of people forgotten by society lives outside a fortified utopia.
I can't really put my finger on it but there's something that reminds me of Shangri-La. It has been lingering in my mind since I started the series. If I tried to narrow it down to something, I would say it's the overall feel to both series. Also the content of the stories are quite similar. Young protagonist/s trying to find the truth about their twisted society. Both are entertaining and take suprising twists. I recommend to watch Shangri-La if you liked Shinsekai yori and vice versa :)
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.
Apocalyptic future, boy & girl involved with great rebellion and conspiracy fighting against government.
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World in the future, new technologies and organization fighting for freedom. Both have some similar supporting characters.
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Both are centered around a young girl who seems on a higher level than the people around her, peace-loving but an adept fighter. They also both take place in a grim future where mankind's abuse of the environment has created a toxic, jungle-infested planet that is difficult to survive in.

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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