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History of Japan Through Anime

Anime
byooReiko
Jun 03 2022, 3:15 AM | Updated Nov 13, 2023 9:08 PM
Collection of historical semi-realistic (minimal fantasy) or realistic (no superpowers or fantasy) works that detail the historical events of Japan or daily life of people in Japanese historical context.

Reference:

794 – 1185 - Heian period
1185 – 1336 - Kamakura period
1336 – 1573 - Muromachi period
1336 – 1392 - Nanbokucho period
1467 – 1590 - Sengoku period
1568 – 1603 - Azuchi-Momoyama period
1603 – 1868 - Edo period
1853 – 1868 - Bakumatsu (final years of the Edo period)
1868 – 1912 - Meiji period
1912 – 1926 - Taisho period
1926 – 1989 - Showa period
1989 – 2019 - Heisei period
Manga Nihonshi
TV, 1983, 52 eps Me:- Author:10
Larger collection of important historical events throughout the history.
Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi (1976)
TV, 1976, 1471 eps Me:- Author:10
Larger collection of important japanese historical legends and folktales throughout the history.
Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.
TV, 2012, 13 eps Me:- Author:10
794 - 1185

Warning: Modern lens

Heian period, Hyakuninisshu, a famous collection of famous love poems by famous poets. Depiction is grounded to the historical elements but presentation incorporates modern elements in the mix. Series focusin on the presentation of the poets in question with the backdrop of the poems themselves.
Anju to Zushioumaru
Movie, 1961, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
794 - 1185

Warning: Minimal Fantasy

Based on the famous japanese legend/folktale

Genji Monogatari Sennenki

Millennium Old Journal: Tale of Genji

Genji Monogatari Sennenki
TV, 2009, 11 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1000

Based on the historical text "The Tale of Genji"
Heike Monogatari
TV, 2022, 11 eps Me:- Author:9
1180 – 1185

Warning: Minimal Fantasy

Based on the historical text "The Tale of Heike"

Ikkyuu-san

Ikkyu the Little Monk

Ikkyuu-san
TV, 1975, 296 eps Me:- Author:9
1394 - 1430

Based on the romanticization of the tale and the historical figure Ikkyuu.

The Hakkenden

The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors

The Hakkenden
OVA, 1990, 6 eps Me:- Author:10
1467 – 1615

Warning: Minimal Fantasy
Shounen Tokugawa Ieyasu
TV, 1975, 20 eps Me:- Author:10
1543 - 1560

Based on the life of the famous figure Tokugawa Ieyasu. The series presents the early life the figure in a romaticisized manner.
Hyouge Mono
TV, 2011, 39 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1600

Presents the Sengoku period and its culmination through the lens and philosophy through the links of the main character and some of the important figures and events of that period.

Oooku

Ōoku: The Inner Chambers

Oooku
ONA, 2023, 10 eps Me:- Author:10
1603 - 1867

Alternative historical presentation
Ninpuu Kamui Gaiden
TV, 1969, 26 eps Me:- Author:10
1603 - 1867

Presents the edo period and the struggle through the lens of hunted wandering ninja warrior.

Saraiya Goyou

House of Five Leaves

Saraiya Goyou
TV, 2010, 12 eps Me:- Author:10
1603 - 1867

A peek into the philosophy behind an individual and the group/band of warriors presented in the setting of the Edo period.

Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae

Sabu & Ichi's Arrest Warrant

Sabu to Ichi Torimono Hikae
TV, 1968, 52 eps Me:- Author:10
1603 - 1867

Edo period government official and a wandering blind swordsman, solve encounter various cases.
Sasuke
TV, 1968, 29 eps Me:- Author:9
~ 1620

Story portrays struggle, pain, fear and adventure, presented utilising the famous legend Sarutobi Sasuke as a backdrop in the setting of the story.
Samurai Champloo
TV, 2004, 26 eps Me:- Author:8
~ 1660

A group of individuals wandering around.
Oedo wa Nemurenai!
OVA, 1993, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
~ 1700
Onihei
TV, 2017, 13 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1783
Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai
Movie, 2015, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1814

Oi! Ryouma

Rainbow Samurai

Oi! Ryouma
TV, 1992, 39 eps Me:- Author:10
1836 – 1867

Based on the life of an important historical figure Sakamoto Ryouma, presents the philosophy, political turmoil, struggle and change present at the final years of the Edo period (Bakumatsu)
Hidamari no Ki
TV, 2000, 25 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1855

A presentation of the the final years of the Edo period (Bakumatsu) through the lens of two different individuals and their philosophy.
Nitaboh
Movie, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1868 – 1912
Bocchan
TV Special, 1980, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
~ 1880

Based on the famous work of literature by Natsume Souseki.
Sugata Sanshirou
TV Special, 1981, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
1882
Ihatov Gensou: Kenji no Haru
Movie, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1896 - 1933

A relatively abstract presentation and homage to the life and influence of the famous author Kenji Miyazawa.
Oshin
Movie, 1984, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
~ 1900

Based on the famous historical drama series, following the life and the struggle of an individual starting from the early 1900s.
Happyakuyachou Hyouri Kewaishi
TV, 1990, 16 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1900

Follows the life and encounters of a make-up artist in the early 1900s
Haikara-san ga Tooru
TV, 1978, 42 eps Me:- Author:10
1910 - 1920

A classic romance series set in the Taisho period.

Kasei Yakyoku

Nightsong of Splendor

Kasei Yakyoku
OVA, 1989, 4 eps Me:- Author:10
1910 - 1920
Chocchan Monogatari
Movie, 1996, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1920 - 1940

Based on the life of Cho Kuroyanagi

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
TV, 2016, 13 eps Me:- Author:9
1926 – 1989

A historical drama
Fuichin-san
OVA, 2004, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1930 - 1940

Loosely based on the own experience of the mangaka during her youth in the turbulent period leading into, during and after the Japanese occupation of Manchuria.
Fuku-chan
TV, 1982, 71 eps Me:- Author:10
1930 - 1960

A slice of life series, based on the famous comic strips.
Souya Monogatari
TV, 1984, 21 eps Me:- Author:9
1936 - 1958

Details the history, crew and the voyages of the historical ship Souya starting from its construction.
Animentary: Ketsudan
TV, 1971, 25 eps Me:- Author:10
1939 – 1945

A historical documentary and portrayal of the second world war through a Japanese lens.
Natsufuku no Shoujo-tachi
TV Special, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1945

Presentation of the tragedy relating to the culmination of the second world war.

Hotaru no Haka

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotaru no Haka
Movie, 1988, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
1945

Presentation of the tragedy relating to the culmination of the second world war.
Ningen Kakumei
OVA, 1995, 20 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1950

Based on the famous book "The Human Revolution" by a religious leader Daisaku Ikeda. Presents a historical documentary detailing the formation and the rise of a Japanese religious sect and the life and struggle of the leader of the sect.

Sennen Joyuu

Millennium Actress

Sennen Joyuu
Movie, 2002, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
~ 1950

Relatively abstract ortrayal of the history presented through an individual working in the entertainment industry
Isewan Taifuu Monogatari
Movie, 1989, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
1959

Based on the disaster.
Sazae-san
TV, 1969, ? eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1960

Family slice of life series.

Coquelicot-zaka kara

From Up on Poppy Hill

Coquelicot-zaka kara
Movie, 2011, 1 ep Me:- Author:9
1963
Shouwa Monogatari
TV, 2011, 13 eps Me:- Author:10
1964
Omoide Poroporo
Movie, 1991, 1 ep Me:- Author:10
1966
Chibi Maruko-chan
TV, 1990, 142 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1970

Family slice of life series, loosely based on the experience of the mangaka.
Manga Nihon Keizai Nyuumon
TV, 1987, 25 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1980

A historical depiction of the economical situation through the lens of a slice of life setting set in 1980s
Hai! Akko desu
TV, 1988, 164 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1980

Family slice of life series.
Cooking Papa
TV, 1992, 151 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1990

Family slice of life series.

Mama wa Poyopoyo Saurus ga Osuki

Mama Loves the Poyopoyo-Saurus

Mama wa Poyopoyo Saurus ga Osuki
TV, 1995, 52 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 1990

Family slice of life series.
Uchi no 3 Shimai
TV, 2008, 102 eps Me:- Author:10
~ 2000

Family slice of life series.

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