The Best Historical Anime Set Outside of Japan
Not all anime shows are set in Japan some are set outside Japan. And here is everything you need to know about the best historical anime set outside of Japan.
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Most of the events of 91 Days nonetheless take place in the specified year 1932 during America’s Prohibition era. However, it takes a markedly different tone than Baccano!, with its main protagonist, Angelo Lagusa, hellbent on revenge for the murder of his family by the Sicilian mafia.
91 Days is an extremely violent and angst-filled title although it also features one of the most quietly compelling conclusions to such bloodthirsty proceedings ever seen in anime.
Historically speaking, Baccano! is a very interesting title because it tells three different stories set in three different timelines. However, the most notable of these stories take place in the Prohibition era in the U.S. These events occur from 1930-1935 in both Chicago and New York.
Filled with rival gangsters, information brokers, freelance assassins, and practicing alchemists, Baccano! presents a slick, jazz-filled romp with very few, if any, dull moments.
Emma: A Victorian Romance
Emma: A Victorian Romance presents a setting that is no less captivating, albeit in a far quieter and more subtle way. A historical romance, Emma takes place in London at the end of the 19th century. A housemaid who falls in love with William Jones, a man whose middle-class merchant family.
Although no specific year is given, the very down-to-earth and understated setting lends a strong sense of realism to the show which, unlike most other historical fiction anime, features no elements of fantasy or the paranormal.
Rose of Versailles
Rose of Versailles is set in France in the years both preceding and during the French Revolution. Although the manga at first focuses on the character of Marie Antoinette. Later more closely follows the fictional Oscar François de Jarjayes, who is also the anime’s primary focus.
The show, while very much a product of its time with its disproportionate number of sparkles. Reveling in its lush Rococo aesthetics is historical drama at its most compelling and remains an incredibly influential work today.
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Le Chevalier D’Eon
Le Chevalier D’Eon is an anime-original set in pre-Revolutionary France under the reign of Louis XV. King Louis himself, as well as many other real-world historical figures. They appear in the show, including Queen Marie, the young Louis XVI, the Marquise de Pompadour, the Duke of Orleans, and Maximilien Robespierre, among many others.
In fact, D’Eon himself is loosely based on the historical figure of the same name. In the anime, he is possessed by the spirit of his dead sister, explaining his character often dressing as a woman. But in real life, he was a French diplomat, spy, and soldier who successfully infiltrated the court of Empress Elizabeth of Russia by presenting as a woman, and who began living publicly as a woman from 1777 onward.