Game of Thrones: Anime Edition
Tank Girls, Sexy Sailors, and the Rising Popularity of Japan’s Military
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  • ShadrachSmith

    If you are worried about the Chinese, well, the Chinese have never beaten the Japanese. Arming Japan should be a national security goal.

  • Andrew Allison

    The interesting question raised here is whether this glorification is being engineered by the government or is a national consensus. Either way, it seems entirely appropriate for Japan as a nation to indicate to China that, unlike the West in Crimea, it won’t simply roll over.

  • Nick Bidler

    Huh. Internet says the Girls Und Panzer thingy is basically ‘tank battles as high-school sport no different from basketball.’

    The more you know, I suppose.

  • Jim__L

    Don’t forget Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” (Kaze Tachinu). I’d give that more weight than a girls-and-guns anime designed to sell Tamiya’s scale model tanks.

    Miyazaki is highly respected name, making movies with broad appeal whose box-office was sizable enough to convince Disney to try to adapt and distribute their work. Their usual line would be considered “progressive” here — very Green, anti-capitalist, etc etc etc, and that even makes an appearance here. Still, to have them glorifying the designer of the Mitsubishi A5M (Zero), even if the movie is big on breathtaking vistas, the excitement and desire of creativity and flight, and a starring role for someone as unwarlike as an aeronautical engineer with a slide rule, is quite a sugar-coating job.

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