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The Best World War II Anime Series

Updated June 28, 2017 2.8k votes 1.6k voters 172.7k views13 items
List of the best World War II anime, voted on by Ranker's anime community. This may not be the most popular genre of Japanese animation, but all of these shows are worth checking out if you're looking for something new to watch. This poll includes video clips of each show, so if you haven't seen one you can watch it right here on this page. Take a trip back to when the world was at war, and get a new perspective on what happened from a different point of view. The shows that are listed may have different sub-genres, but they're all about World War II in one way or another. List features Zipang, First Squad - The Moment Of Truth and more anime. What is the greatest World War II anime of all time? Scroll down and find out for yourself!
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  • Grave of the Fireflies
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    Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of the Fireflies by Akiyuki Nosaka. The film stars Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara and Akemi Yamaguchi. Set in the city of Kobe, Japan, the film tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of WWII. Grave of the Fireflies received acclaim from film critics....  more
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  • Girls Und Panzer
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    Girls und Panzer is a 2012 Japanese anime television series created by Actas. It depicts a competition between girls' high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport. The series was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama. Takaaki Suzuki, who has earlier acted as a military history advisor for Strike Witches and Upotte!!, was involved in the production of the anime. The series initially aired in Japan between October and December 2012, with two additional episodes airing in March 2013 and an original video animation released in July 2014. Five manga series and a light novel adaptation have been published by Media Factory. An animated film was initially announced for...  more
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  • In This Corner of the World
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    In This Corner of the World is a 2016 Japanese animated wartime drama film directed by Sunao Katabuchi. Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies....  more
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    The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises
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