There is no shortage of amazing anime villains, but nothing can ever top the looming intimidation of the all-powerful anime government. If you're a rebellious anime fan looking for a show about a hero versus the world, then you're gonna love this list of anime shows taking down "the man." Whether intentional or not, these anime with evil governments are often more dangerous than the villains prominent on the show.
Anime series like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood shows the cold-hearted actions of a government and the horrific results that follow – while also highlighting the good coming from the men and women who agreed to become a dog of the military. As the English poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley once said, "Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil."
Fight the power! Here are 13 anime where the government is the villain.
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It wouldn't be a cyberpunk story if it didn't have an omnipotent government overstepping its boundaries. In the authoritarian future of Psycho-Pass, the mental state of every passing citizen is scanned to calculate the probability of them committing a crime. If a citizen's probability of committing a crime is high, the police are dispatched to deal with the potential criminal; "potential" being the keyword here, as defining a criminal is based solely on data and not when the actual crime is committed.
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Not to be confused by the "Power of Kings" ability in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, the "Power of the King" move in Guilty Crown allows a high school boy named Shu Ouma to draw out items called "Voids" from other people. Shu's new powers, however, puts him in a tug-a-war battle between the quasi-governmental organization known as the GHQ and the freedom fighters known as Funeral Parlor. The Funeral Parlor wants to free Japan from the GHQ's terrible rule and restore its independence.
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Leaning more on the comedic side, the world of Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist is exactly as it sounds like. The Japanese government has outlawed anything deemed immoral and forces its citizens to wear high-tech collars that monitor their behavior, making sure no one says or does anything considered lewd. How do you fight back against a government like this? With public perversity, of course. This is one dirty anime series that will have you running for the shower.
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Even the dead aren't free from governmental rule. The Central 46 in the Shonen Jump anime series Bleach serves as the judiciary authority of the Soul Society. When Rukia Kuchiki is sentenced to death by The Central 46 for overstaying her welcome in the human world and transferring her powers to a human, Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends venture into the spirit world to save her. As the Soul Society arc progresses, it's revealed that Rukia's sentencing was orchestrated by a shadowy figure with malicious intentions.