In present day Japan, during what should have been a routine training exercise, Captain Umeza and the battleship Mirai are suddenly hit by a storm, sending them back in time to the middle of World War 2. Armed with state-of-the-art technology, the Mirai could alter the course of history; but for its crew, the situation presents a moral dilemma: do they have the right to meddle with history, even to stop the most dreadful tragedies of the war, when even the smallest acts could have unforeseen consequences?
Kazuhiro Uchida has always dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot, but has been forced into the helicopter-training program instead. Embittered and discouraged, he still completes the training and is given his first position in a helicopter rescue unit. The catch? It’s located in a new town, far away from his loved ones. But the job of a rescue worker is incredibly demanding, both mentally and physically, and Kazuhiro’s less than enthusiastic attitude just won’t cut it. In order to succeed in his new career, Kazuhiro must survive the harsh reality of rescue work, and rediscover his dream.
Although their themes are quite different (one a time-travel story borrowing heavily from the plot of the 1980 US movie The Final Countdown; the other a story of personal growth in trying circumstances), both these stories are fundamentally paeans to the excellence and professionalism of the JSDF. Interestingly, one of them shies away from politics entirely, while the other meets the special political implications of Japanese militarism vs. pacifism head-on. In any case, viewers who found one of these anime interesting will no doubt find the other equally fascinating.
Very similar militaristic feeel, although zipang has much more going on in its story. If you like zipang, you will definetely like rescue wings
It is the era of Bakumatsu – the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord’s Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.
Anthoug, played out in different eras, both stories revolve around the efforts of a single person reshaping a whole nation by carefully planed series of events involving unconventional methods.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Both Monster and Zipang are mature, serious stories which feature a protagonist who saves someone - whose ideals and intentions play a major role in the series and in his relationship to his saviour.
Both also have a historical concern, Monster looking primarily at Germany after the fall of Communism, Zipang looking at Japan during the Second World War.
So did you like a title where there is Navy What-If's?
In Zipang, it is What if the Japanese navy had a modern Warship sent to WWII era... what would be their mission? would they get involved with the war, and change it's outcome?
In Silent Service, what if you were entrusted with the most state of the art, Nuclear Sub, and your ideals clashed with your Home country.
Both of these naval titles were penned by the same author, and share many elements. If you enjoyed one, you should enjoy the other.
On the battlefields of World War II, a new threat is realized as a mysterious ship from the future is warped back in time to the 1940s. The ships' two living passengers are the only ones who know its whereabouts. Now two elite agents must stop the Nazis from capturing the survivors, finding the ship, and launching their diabolical plan to take over the world, codename: URDA.
Both are about time travel and travel to world war 2 by accident.However the diference betwen the 2 are that the action in one takes place on sea while in the other on land and in one the ship is naval from ouer present day while the other ship is a flying space ship from the future.
Probabley this is the best recomandation one can give for this anime.