2 Uncommon Anime Shows Based On Real Life Events

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How many anime shows are even based on real events?

I think we can both agree there aren’t many. You probably have more fingers on both hands than there are anime’s based on true stories.

Of all the anime shows I’ve watched and seen so far… And of all the anime recommendations I’ve seen from others, it seems there are 2 anime’s worth mentioning.

And when there are more I’ve watched, I may update this post.

So let’s get started!

 

Anime’s Based On Real Life Events:

 

1. Kantai Collection

2 Uncommon Anime Shows Based On Real Life Events
Kancolle, also known as Kantai Collection is a slice of life/military series. Based on the original online video games.

So how’s this anime based on real life events?

The weapons each character’s equipped with are the same weapons used in World war 1/world war 2.

And many other tragic wars that have happened throughout human history.

Let’s use a character called “Kongou” for example…

 

2 Uncommon Anime Shows Based On Real Life Events

Kongou in the anime is a battleship made from England, and raised in Japan.

And she’s part of the “Kongou” class of fleet girls.

In the same way, there was a battleship used in the World War named Kongou.

And it was also made in England and then shipped to Japan.

One other fact is – Kongou’s one of the fastest fleet girls within the anime: Kancolle.

And the real battleship: Kongou was also designed to be fast and powerful.

I’d say Kantai Collection overall does a pretty good job of referencing historic events and weapons.

As well as basing most of its story on history and how it played out to a degree.

Here’s a side by side comparison of Kongo’s battleship in real life vs anime:

Japanese battleship Kongō – Wikipedia

Kongou Class Fast Battleship (Kantai Collection) – Wikia

 

2. The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna

2 Uncommon Anime Shows Based On Real Life Events
Oda Nobuna is based off the historic Japanese lord, Nobunaga. Who’s goal was to reunite Japan back in the 15th/16th century.

 

So how is The Ambition Of Oda Nobuna based on history?

Let’s take a character from the Anime called Mitsuhide as an example.

2 Uncommon Anime Shows Based On Real Life Events

In the Anime she’s a samurai and a military strategist who’s affiliated with Oda Nobuna’s army.

But in real life (or history) Mitsuhide was a male who had the status of a General under the real Nobunaga.

Here are a few more relevant facts about the anime: Oda Nobuna:

  • Most of the main characters are female. Including Oda Nobuna’s army.
  • Historically, Nobunaga is male, and most of his army were also male soldiers and strategists.
  • In real life, Nobunaga succeeded in reuniting Japan. And in the anime: Oda Nobuna does the same.

A lot of these references and relations run throughout the entire anime series.

And it’s one of few legit anime’s based on legitimate events that happened throughout human history.

 

If you know of any more animes based on true events, share your thoughts!

I'm the Founder of Anime Motivation. An international retailer of official anime merchandise, toys and figurines. I've been a fan of anime for over 10-15+ years, with the first anime show I watched being Dragon Ball Z.

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