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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Zipang Review

Zipang is about the latest Japanese cruiser Mirai which got caught in a weird storm that threw them into the Battle of Midway back in the year 1942. The crew of Mirai was in a powerful position but one that most people would have trouble to handle with. The modern-day firepower could change the war and the history of the world greatly which its appearance did exactly that. Even the knowledge of future events can bring about very great desires through a person that was supposed to be dead in the original timeline. One person could bring about a huge change in future events as he wouldn't had that chance if he died. The first choice that Mirai decided to do was just do nothing drastic to change the future but saving Kusaka made them to alter that course. Under Kusaka's influence, they decided to try save many Japanese and American lives from the war but that was just a decoy for Kusaka's true plan to create his ideal country of Zipang. The final episode reveals something interesting about the world that the Mirai was thrown in through a discovery that Yosuke made about his family. The series doesn't really conclude right there as the final battle between Yosuke and Kusaka was unresolved along with the Mirai will ever getting back home.

The series did a great job in having strong characters who are placed in a position to literally change the history of the world for the better or worse. It did a good job in portraying the difficulty of these decisions along with the wartime atmosphere as well. The music and the animation was very good as well. Overall, Zipang is a better version of the Final Countdown (not the song but the movie that had a similar idea but it was an American carrier instead of a Japanese cruiser.) I give Zipang a 4 out of 5.


  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, it's a great series, but with such a terrible ending... :'(

    We can only hope for a second season

  • At 6:39 AM, Anonymous Mark Hughes said…

    This was an non-mainstream genre. "Military/history/fantasy" Somehow I was attracted to it's individuality. A leap of faith based on cover art alone. And it paid off. The story makes you think hard about what you'd do if in their shoes. Things spin out of control, but they make some pretty good decisions. - Mark Hughes, Seattle

  • At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Final Countdown huh? I remember that movie.
    The thing I wonder about that JMSDF cruiser is hows it's advanced weapons and navigations to work without the modern satellites up there today?

  • At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There was a remark about that in one of the episodes. Because there are no GPS satelites to guide missiles, Mirai is forced to send a team with laser designators to guide a dud cruise missile (a land-attack Harpoon? Perhaps the anime people might be a bit confused about the weaponry.).


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