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Senkou no Night Raid

Senkou no Night Raid

Alternative Titles

English: Night Raid 1931
Japanese: 閃光のナイトレイド


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2010 to Jun 29, 2010
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.011 (scored by 7143 users)
Ranked: #31152
Popularity: #1431
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The year is 1931. The city is Shanghai. Ten years before America will enter World War II, the hydra's teeth planted by the first great global conflict are beginning to germinate. Hatching like spiders, they weave the complex web of plots and conspiracies destined to inevitably draw entire nations to the brink of destruction. Caught in the heart of these webs, desperately seeking to separate lies from truth, is "Sakurai Kikan," an ultra-secret intelligence agency staffed by extraordinarily talented individuals with abilities far beyond those of normal humans. Their duty: to stop the darkest plots and eliminate the greatest threats. But in a city built on intrigue, can even a team of clairvoyants, telepaths and espers stand against the ultimate forces of destiny?

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


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Matsumoto, Jun
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Episodes  0 / 13
Aired  Apr 6, 2010 to Jun 29, 2010
Status  Finished Airing
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Jun 28, 2010 11:33 PM
With the series ended (but ongoing in North America), it's seems that Senkou no Night Raid (or Night Raid 1931 in English) is not just about Japanese spies with superpowers (a la Darker than Black). It's more than that since it goes deeper into pre-WWII history which also touches sensitive content (e.g.: Mukden Incident). In contrast to what most people claimed that it whitewashes history, it's not.

Story: 7

The six episodes are just tasters on who are the characters and what direction will the story be, considering its episodic formula. The rest of episodes...well, let's just say that where the real story is as the episodic read more
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Nov 26, 2011 2:00 PM
My first review of anime on MAL so here it goes.

Senkou no Night Raid is about the Sakurai Agency, a fictional organizations that leads covert missions with superhuman agents to carry out the interests of Imperial Japan.

Now why did I give this anime such a high rating? My reason is because I love Asian history and know a lot about it especially the late 1800 to the early 1900 era. With this in mind, I had a pretty good idea of what was going on in the story. It sounds smug and biased, but this anime does require a bit of background knowledge to read more
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May 17, 2010 6:29 PM
Senkou no Night Raid. I am really unsure on what is going on with this series. There are at least 7 episdoes out and only 4 are subbed, and I cant see a reason why. It is highly underrated so far, but it is definietly not perfect.

Story: 8
Story is pretty interesting. It drops you right in the middle of it without any background story, but it is slowly unravelled throughout. The plot, at times, can get complicated. Since it can be pretty political and somethings may slip by you. But the overall flow of the series is really good and I can predict a pretty read more
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May 6, 2010 10:19 PM
Only four episodes in, so take it with a grain of salt.

Senko no Night Raid is potentially one of the better things so far this year. For those who're too busy watching Angel Beats and have no clue what this is, it's basically 1930's Chinese Ghost in the Shell.

The story follows that squad of four spies, their wily leader and his lanky assistant. Aside from the old man leader, they all have superpowers. The hotblooded main guy has telekinesis which he revels in spamming, his associate is a cool-headed teleporter who dislikes his powers, their girlfriend is a scrying telepath and her bodyguard's got eagle read more
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