Article: Ten Anime Based/Inspired By True Events

Anime is a very popular form of entertainment  worldwide. The fantastic illustrations/sketches, as well as the mind-boggling story lines, keeps the viewers enthralled. Although many animations are fiction, some anime are based on real-life events that provide a glimpse into what might have occurred. Some anime are also inspired by true events, which means that the events may have served as a backdrop for the creation of a new story. The following are ten anime based/Inspired on true events.

1. The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises is a studio Ghibli film and was the highest-grossing film in japan in 2013. It’s a Japanese animated historical anime based on a biographical movie on the life is Jiro Horikoshi. He was the designer of the Mitsubishi A5M aircraft and the upgraded version, which were used in World War II.


2. Golden Kamuy

Golden Kamuy is a story of a miner who worked to support the widow of a dead friend. He hears the story of a gold-filled treasure left behind by the Ainu people after working hard as a miner for a long time. A girl named Aspira joins him on his mission. The story is set in a world after real-life events, since the main character is a veteran of the 1904 Russo-Japanese war. For the series, there is additional supervision from an Ainu linguist.


3. The Rose Of Versailles

The Rose of Versailles is a widely popular anime, especially in Italy. The anime is on the story of Oscar Francois De Jarjayes, a girl who was brought up as a man to teach her to be the successor of her father, the leader of the palace guards. However, she starts to leave the high-class and wished to help the impoverished revolt. This show has a lot of dramatization is a very accurate depiction of the French Revolution of 1789.


4. Welcome To NHK

Welcome to NHK is a modern anime based on real-life events. Tatsuhiko Takimoto had revealed that this story was based on his actual accounts of being a recluse and he also mentioned how he battled with depression that was shown in the series.


5. Bakuman

Bakuman is an anime about creating a manga that is based on real-life events. It was created by creators Tsugami Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and they spoke of Bakuman a true life story about the experiences of a mangaka.


6. Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum is a bone chilling anime which had used a real-life 1995 terror attack on Tokyo as the background. On March 20, 1995, a group attacked multiple Tokyo subway lines with sarin gas. The anime is about two brothers who have to find an item Penguindrum to save their terminally ill sister. The story had depicted the effects of real life attacks in children.


7. Grave Of The Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is an animated film that is based on the short story by Akiyuki Nosaka of the same name. The story followed the story about two young siblings whose mother was killed in a bombing at the end of World War II.


8. My Neighbour Totoro

My neighbor Totoro is an animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki, and according to him, this movie is based on his childhood trauma. It's based on him and his siblings witnessing their mother suffer from tuberculosis. This anime is about two girls who go to the countryside with their father owing to their mother's illness, but strange creatures begin to appear, responding their prayers for their mother to feel well.


9. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

This anime is based on three siblings who got caught in one of the worst natural calamities in Japan. In the aftermath of the disaster they struggle to survive. This anime is more of a prediction which came true as the creators of this anime had predicted an 8.0 earthquake would occur in japan in 2012. This prediction got followed by an actual earthquake of 9.0 in 2011.


10. Steins: Gate

Steins: Gate is a popular anime series based on a visual novel of the same name by Nitroplus. The series revolved around time traveling and numerous conspiracies. While it would seem like total science fiction, the conspiracy instances in the anime are pretty real. John Titor, the persona used in the show, is based on a real internet forum user who claimed to be a time traveler.