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5 Anime Recommendations with a 20th Century Historical Setting


Watching anime is not only about entertainment but can also serve as an educational platform, particularly in the field of history. 

The following anime are set in the past and are adapted from true stories. Here are some anime with a historical background that you should watch. 

Check out the reviews below.

1. Golden Kamuy

Golden Kamuy focuses on a treasure hunt. Although the exact setting is not explicitly mentioned, it appears to take place after the Russo-Japanese War. The story revolves around Saichi Sugimoto, a gold prospector.

One day, Sugimoto is informed about a large stash of gold that can only be found by deciphering tattoos on certain prisoners. Initially skeptical, Sugimoto decides to search for the treasure after encountering a man with one of the mentioned tattoos.

2. 91 Days

The anime 91 Days revolves around the theme of the mafia and is set during the Prohibition era in the United States, specifically the 1930s. The story follows Angelo Lagusa, whose family was killed by the Vanetti mafia family. As an adult, Angelo leaves his hometown and assumes a new identity as Avilio Bruno.

Through his friend Nero Vanetti, Avilio infiltrates the Vanetti family. There, he seeks to uncover the truth about his family's murder and exact revenge.

3. Baccano!

The plot of Baccano! is quite complex to explain. The anime showcases seemingly unrelated events that are intricately interconnected. Similar to 91 Days, Baccano! is also set in the 1930s during the Prohibition era in the United States.

On one side, the transcontinental train, the Flying Pussyfoot, embarks on its legendary journey. On the other side, scientists pursue alchemy that grants immortality. Meanwhile, the war between mafia factions continues to escalate.

4. Gosick

With a focus on mystery, Gosick is set in a fictional European country called Sauville. The time period is the 1920s. The anime centers around Kazuya Kujo and Victorique de Blois, who solve various mysteries together.

Initially shunned by his schoolmates due to being Japanese, Kazuya's days become more eventful after meeting Victorique. With Victorique's intelligence, they unravel numerous mysteries.

5. Kids on the Slope

Kids on the Slope delves deeper into the world of jazz music. Although the theme is not directly related to history, the anime is set in 1966. The story revolves around Kaoru Nishimi.

Having frequently moved around, Kaoru never had long-lasting relationships with others. However, everything changes when Kaoru attends school in Kyushu and meets Sentaro Kawabuchi. Sentaro introduces Kaoru to jazz music, enriching their friendship.

These five anime are suitable for those who appreciate classic elements and have historical value. As they are all set in the 20th century, which of these anime have you watched so far?

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