Historical – Genre Recommendation

© Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Right Stuf
© Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Right Stuf


Yahoo, I’m back with another recommendation! This time it is about historical anime. Do you ask yourself why? It is because I’ve watched a lot really old anime lately. (Way older then the recommended ones.) And so I thought, it could be a good idea to recommend some of the historical anime. Maybe you’ll learn something while watching. But don’t fear they are not the bad educational documentary type. Or maybe they are? Who knows…

© Studio Pierrot, Pony Canyon, TBS, Right Stuf, Toshiba Entertainment
© Studio Pierrot, Pony Canyon, TBS, Right Stuf, Toshiba Entertainment

Emma – A Victorian Romance is a serious romance-drama, which is a welcome change from the usual anime subject matter. It is set in a realistic interpretation of Victorian Britain, with many historical allusions that only add to the depth of the world. Typical forbidden love plot between members of opposite social classes. Yet, while the story might be often told, the characters are lovable enough to make the story seem fresh and enjoyable!

Eikoku Koi Monogatari Emma / Emma: A Victorian Romance

Type: TV Series – 12 episodes

Genres: Drama, Historical, Romance, Slice of Life, Seinen

© Madhouse, RCC Chugoku Broadcasting
© Madhouse, RCC Chugoku Broadcasting

Barefoot Gen… Well, what can I say? It’s one of the most important anime films in history and one of the most painful to watch for me so far. It became famous for it’s dark and brutal take on the bombings of Hiroshima, which was based on the manga by Keiji Nakazawa who wrote this manga based on his experience as a Hiroshima survivor when he was 6 years old and it is still the most harrowing experience ever witnessed on an anime film. At least for me.

Hadashi no Gen / Barefoot Gen

Type: Movie – 1 episode

Genres: Drama, Historical

© TV Tokyo, Aniplex, NAS, DAX Production, TYO Animations
© TV Tokyo, Aniplex, NAS, DAX Production, TYO Animations

The anime centers in the love poems of the most known anthology from Japan and narrates the events and relationships that gave rise to some of them. However, such events should not always be considered faithful to history during the Heian Court, as many of them didn´t happen, or happened differently in reality. But that didn´t really matter to me. So I kept dreaming while watching.

Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi. / Utakoi.

Type: TV Series – 13 episodes

Genres: Historical, Romance, Josei

© Studio Ghibli, ADV Films, Central Park MediaL, Sentai Filmworks
© Studio Ghibli, ADV Films, Central Park MediaL, Sentai Filmworks

Very few films have made me feel as bad as this one did. This film has the power to devastate you, to move you, to bring you to the brink of tears and then push you over into a chaotic world. And another film about the WW2, to be precise it is set during the lat days of it, while the US Air Force was fire bombing Japanese cities and about the needs to believe in the future.

Hotaru no Haka / Grave of the Fireflies

Type: Movie – 1 episode

Genres: Drama, Historical

© Telecom Animation Film
© Telecom Animation Film

The story is about an old man who one day finds his grandson playing with a decades-old floor lamp. He had completely forgotten that he still had it. That evening, he tells his grandson a story about himself, Minosuke, from when he was a child. He takes us on a relaxing ride through his life, right from his childhood to when he became an adult.

Ojii-san no Lamp / Anime Mirai 2010

Type: Movie – 1 episode

Genres: Drama, Historical

And again I have to say thank you for reading! But not only for that! Also for the left comments from my last recommendation! I really, really aprecciate them! And it was such a surprise to me. Recommend me some good stuff again this time, okay? Did I miss some historical anime, which really should be included? Let me know! 🙂

  3 comments for “Historical – Genre Recommendation

  1. DeviousBlaze
    Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Hello Petal, I haven’t seen or heard of any of those anime! So I will definitely check them out one day. Here are some recommendations of historical anime that I think you should watch: Monster, katanagatari, rainbow nisha, kingdom, berserk and Rurouni Kenshin. Gintama may also fall under the historical genre, though it is more of a comedy, definitely check it out aswell though!

    • Monday March 9th, 2015 at 01:05 AM

      Thanks a lot for these recommendations! I hope you will like them. I already saw Rainbow Nisha and Rurouni Kenshin and I really think these are outstanding! I’ll check them out. 🙂 Best wishes

  2. Osamu
    Friday September 4th, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Da sind wirklich ein paar sehr gute Vorschläge dabei xD Vor allem Ojii-san no Lamp kennen viele nicht 😉

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