16 Times Hitler Showed Up In Anime
When it comes to pop culture villains, Nazis are go-to bad guys that audiences can instantly hate. After all, who doesn't love to watch the Third Reich get clobbered in what's almost always an implicit victory for love and acceptance.
With the genre's fixation on ultimate evil, it's no surprise that anime and manga creators often rope Adolf Hitler into their stories. What's more surprising is the sheer variety of ways authors have come up with to justify Hitler's presence. Whether he's waging war on mythical creatures, spreading propaganda in the US, or attending high school as a clone, there seem to be no limits imposed on bizarre Hitler anime.
Some interpretations of Hitler paint him as a ruthless monster, whereas others have him pegged as a dopey goon. Luckily, none of these stories cast a positive light on the monstrous dictator's life, and more than a few present an opportunity for the heroes to take him down one more time.
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The Shonen Jump movie, Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, is all about the dead suddenly coming back to life to threaten the living. Along with several long-time DBZ villains, a slew of historical figures rise from the grave to torment the Earth.
Among the reincarnated is a cartoonish rendition of Adolf Hitler, who recognizes his dream of the ultimate Aryan race in the Super Saiyans. Luckily, Goten and Trunks aren't interested in joining his fascist party, and waste no time beating the pulp out of Hitler and his army.
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"Hitler's Legacy," or "To Be Or Nazi Be" in the English dub, is a famous Lupin III episode that was banned for exhibiting Nazi themes in the early days of Adult Swim. The episode involves Lupin and his crew of thieves trying to trick a former Nazi soldier into revealing the location of Hitler's hidden treasures.
They end up jogging the old Nazi's memory by pretending to be Hitler in a full-scale reenactment.
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Hitler makes a brief appearance in the 2011 film Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Created by Makoto Shinkai (who also brought us 5 Centimeters per Second), the show features a scene where all the famous world leaders are trying to plunder the riches of the underworld.
Among them are Adolf Hitler, Napoléon Bonaparte, and Joseph Stalin.
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Adolf Hitler didn't settle for spreading his hateful rhetoric in the human world; his exclusionistic hatred expanded to include all non-human magical creatures. In the fantasy series Drifters, Hitler rallies against elves, dwarves, and hobbits 60 years before the start of the series's main storyline. It's basically like if you inserted Hitler into The Lord of The Rings.
'Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku' Exposes Hitler's Love Of Board GamesPhoto: Takeshobo
According to the lore of Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku, Hitler didn't blow his brains out after losing WWII. Nope, he simply flew to the moon, where he has been lying in wait, planning out how best to exact his revenge on the world. The only way to take down Hitler once and for all is to defeat him in a game of mahjong. Yes, this makes sense.
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The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist series concludes with 2005's Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. The movie's storyline centers on the adventures of Edward Elric, who, after being transported through time, is forced to adjust to life in 1923 Munich, Germany.
While Hitler appears in the film, he's only a minor villain, as the Nazi party had not yet risen to power. However, Hitler's fascination with the occult expands to include an interest in alchemy, which brings him into contact with Edward.