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15 Anime You Would Never Guess Are Based On True Stories

Updated September 7, 2021 99.9k views15 items
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Anime is often out there - like waaaay out there. So you wouldn’t necessarily expect some of the crazier titles to have any basis in reality. Believe it or not, animated shows that are based on a true story are not limited to obvious historical anime like The Rose of Versailles, or Barefoot Gen. There’s no way a story about three spirit penguins is an example of anime inspired by real events, right?

Wrong! Mawaru Penguindrum indeed has a basis in reality and a quite sobering one at that. But Penguindrum isn’t alone. In fact, there’s quite a bit of anime that’s surprisingly based on a true story, so let’s check some out. Hold on to your Trunks ‘cause some of these are pretty wild!