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Japanese: シュヴァルツェスマーケン
English: Schwarzes Marken
Spanish: Schwarzes Marken
French: Schwarzes Marken
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2016 to Mar 28, 2016
Premiered: Winter 2016
Broadcast: Mondays at 01:05 (JST)
Licensors: Crunchyroll
Studios: ixtl, LIDENFILMS
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.761 (scored by 4159741,597 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #49762
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1690
Members: 104,106
Favorites: 286

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The year is 1983. The Cold War is in full effect, and humanity is under attack. Strange aliens, given the name "BETA," have descended to Earth with the goal of destroying all life. Soldiers have been tasked with piloting large combat suits called Tactical Surface Fighters (TSF) to repel the alien invaders, but the front line is slowly being pushed back towards the surviving cities.

Schwarzesmarken follows the story of Second Lieutenant Theodor Eberbach and the other members of the 666th TSF squadron, a ruthless unit that values a mission's completion over human life. Stationed in East Germany and led by war hero Captain Irisdina Bernhard, the unit specializes in counterassault attacks on laser-class BETA. But the 666th squadron finds itself with more enemies than just the alien forces when optimistic rookie Katia Waldheim joins the squadron, drawing the attention of East Germany's secret police, the Stasi.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Schwarzesmarken takes place in an alternate universe of the Muv-Luv franchise, following the storyline of the light novels. A visual novel was released on November 27, 2015, and a second was announced for 2016.

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Call, Evan
Producer, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement, Music
Satomi, Tetsurou
Watanabe, Tetsuya
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director


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"white forces" by fripSide

Ending Theme

"Kanashimi ga Jidai wo Kakeru (哀しみが時代を駆ける)" by Zahre [Katia Waldheim (Minami Tanaka), Irisdina Bernhard (Nozomi Yamamoto)]

Apr 11, 2016
lonelynightm (All reviews)
So let me start off by saying "I F**KING HATE THIS SHOW." Really I do. And yet, I can't find myself giving this show any less than a 10.

However, the reason I hate this show is because the writers are dicks and they know it. So this whole show revolves around the Cold War Era. Much like in the U.S. with the Red Scare, there was a struggle in Eastern Germany about loyalty. People selling out their own friends and family for self-preservation. This is the shows main focus. The Mechas and Aliens are really second to the situation.

Well in the first few episodes read more
Mar 27, 2016
HaXXspetten (All reviews)
There are two kinds of people that might watch Schwarzesmarken: those who have played the Muv-Luv trilogy and those who haven't. And depending on which side you fall on, your view on this anime will be quite different, although both sides will have their own problems with it, albeit totally different ones.

So before I get into this, there are a couple things I'd like to clarify for those who are unaware. Muv-Luv is a 3-part visual novel series released between 2002 and 2006, the last part of which, Muv-Luv Alternative, is widely considered to be one of the greatest visual novels ever made. However, ever read more
Mar 28, 2016
Stark700 (All reviews)
Having seen a fair amount of sci-fi related series and mecha as one of my favorite genres, Schwaresmarken stands out as a strange show to me. It’s not because the series is set in the same universe as the Muv-Luv franchise or based on a light novel. Rather, the series is more like a political flair that’s masked by the intense violence of creatures, monstrosity known to their world as BETA.

First let’s get a few things out of the way. The series is a spin-off series based on the light novel. (although a visual novel also exists) Historically, the timeline began around the late 1970s read more
Mar 28, 2016
IKnowBestu (All reviews)
So about 10 hours ago I finished Schwarzesmarken.
Although it's not the best show of the season, it's the one I enjoyed the most. Surprising considering it goes up against KonoSuba.

Oh and don't stop watching straight after the credits end, there is always an after credits scene which is important to the story.

Historical Authenticity: I'm not allowed to use the word "accuracy" because there were no aliens in Germany. German text appears in place of Japanese when written down and from what I can tell it's very accurate. Ignore that Schwarzesmarken is grammatically incorrect. There is a reason behind that. The end read more


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