5 Must See Political Anime

Every day various news topics cover our TV screens, mobile devices, or are the main subject at the watercooler. One of the most popular and newsworthy items is the U.S. presidential election. While, anime is sometimes seen as a work of fiction many series explore real-life political issues. Although some political anime do not discuss the next U.S. president, they do cover some political themes.  Here’s a list of anime with a political theme.

5. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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The premise of the Code Geass are the three dominant factions: the Holy Britannian Empire, the Chinese Federation, and the European Union. These three parties are at a perpetual tension with one another, always defending their territories and seeking to take more from their opponents. The goal of the main character Lelouch is to free the countries from under the Britannian rule by causing political instability and radical extremism.

4. Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex

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The story centers around a large corporation withholding an inexpensive vaccine from the public. The hacker Laughing Man learns about this injustice and abducts one of the owners of the organizations involved in an attempt to force him to reveal the truth on live television. Due to this, several copycats have started committing crimes. It is up to Public Security Section 9 to solve these crimes and find out who is the Laughing Man.

3. Legend of the Galactic Heroes

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In the distant future within the Milky Way Galaxy, an interstellar war is going on. For almost two centuries two mighty powers have been in constant battle with each other: the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. Within the Galactic Empire an ambitious military genius, Reinhard von Lohengramm, is rising to power. While in the Free Planets Alliance an aspiring historian, Yang Wenli rises through the military ranks to become an admiral. These two military prodigies and supporting cast deal with complicated political systems, plot strategies, and grueling battles.

2. Mobile Suit Gundam series

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The Gundam series focuses on political battles and debates on important ethical and political issues. These are often framed on the show as a dispute between the hero and the villain over the course of a battle, as they try to convince each other of the uprightness of their causes.

1. The Twelve Kingdoms

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One day a mysterious man approaches Youka Nakajima and swears allegiance to her. But, before she can react a giant monster bird appears and starts attacking Youko and her school mates. After defeating the demon-like beast, the strange man takes Youko to Twelve Kingdoms along with two of her classmates. This vast and complex new world resemble ancient civilization of China. Youko’s journey to become Queen Kei is filled with hardship as various governments, monsters, and even villagers show their dislike.  As a result, government corruption is the primary theme of the series.

What is your favorite political anime?


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