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Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

(Last Updated On: March 20, 2022)

Anime encompasses a wide range of genres and subjects that appeal to viewers of all ages. It has all of the content that any type of individual would require.

The political and thriller genres in anime are deemed significant and decent genres in anime’s diversity of genres.

Political thrillers are a genre in which the narrative is set against the backdrop of a political power struggle with high stakes and suspense.

This genre frequently encourages viewers to think about and understand the importance of politics. Political corruption, organised crime, terrorism, and warfare are all popular themes in this genre.

Here are a few of the most well-known and incredible political and thriller anime that every weeb should watch.

15. Gatchman crowd

Gatchman crowd - Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Gatchaman Crowds is a 2013 anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production and directed by Kenji Nakamura.

Hajime Ichinose, a 16-year-old enthusiastic high school girl who is fascinated with collecting day planners and stationery, gets chosen to become a Gatchaman in this story. Gatchaman is a Tachikawa-based super fighter who protects the city.

She is tasked with combating a mystery alien life form known as MESS, but she does not take her responsibilities seriously due to her personality.

However, much to the dismay of one other Gatchaman warrior, her careless activities wind up doing more good than harm.

14. Pumpkin scissors

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Pumpkin Scissors has been released and produced by Gonzo and AIC,which premiered on October 2, 2006, on multiple Japanese television networks and finished on March 19, 2007, with the 24th episode.

After a long war with the Republic of Frost, the Empire signs a sudden cease-fire, thereby ending the conflict. The Empire is in ruins three years later due to hunger and plague. Former soldiers have turned into outlaws.

Randel Orlando, a former anti-tank warrior, runs into the Pumpkin Scissors platoon, an Imperial Army relief mission commanded by Alice L. Malvin to restore order to the war-torn Empire, and joins them.

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13. Crest of the stars

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Crest of the Stars is a Studio Sunrise adventure drama anime series that aired on WOWOW from January 2, 1999 to March 27, 1999.

Jinto Lin, a young aristocrat whose world was taken over by the Abh Empire, the galaxy’s largest empire, is the protagonist of this anime. Jinto’s father, the president of his home planet, gave the Abh their world in exchange for a position in the Abh Empire.

Jinto became a member of the aristocracy as a result, and he was sent to the ABH for his education. On his journey, he meets Lafiel, an Abh Empire princess who, despite her frigid exterior, he instantly befriends. The Abh empire, on the other hand, is currently at war.

12. The Rose of Versailles

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

The Rose of Versailles is a drama/fantasy anime series produced by Studio TMS Entertainment that aired on Nippon TV from October 10, 1979, to September 3, 1980.

The Rose of Versailles is a French-American Revolutionary War story set in France before and during the French Revolution. The primary character of the story is Marie Antoinette, the teenaged Queen of France, but the series later re-focuses on Oscar Francois de Jarjayes.

As the youngest of six daughters, Oscar was raised like a son from birth by her military general father to succeed him as commander of the Royal Guard at the Palace of Versailles.

11. Yona of the Dawn

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Yona of the Dawn is an adventure/political anime series produced by Studio Pierrot that aired from October 7, 2014, to March 24, 2015.

This story follows Princess Yona, who lives with her pacifist father, King II, in a sheltered but pleasant life. Yona’s only problems in life are her wild red hair and attempting to encourage her father to let her marry her cousin, Soo-wan, while being surrounded by attentive staff and protected by her bodyguard, Hak.

However, Yona loses everything she loves dearly on the night of her 16th birthday and is forced to flee the castle. Yona realizes that she must become stronger if she is to survive now that she has no one to defend her but Hak.

She sets out on a search for allies, and an old legend about the Crimson Dragon King and his four Dragon Warriors may hold the secret to recovering her kingdom.

10. Night Raid 1931

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Night Raid 1931 is an action/thriller anime series produced by Studio A-1 Pictures that aired on TV Tokyo from April 5, 2010 to June 28, 2010.

The plot takes place in Shanghai in 1931, when the Imperial Japanese Army is sent to mainland China as a result of the recent First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and World War I.

There is a special military spy organisation named “Sakurai Kikan” that has been buried in history in this cosmopolitan city of intrigue.

9. Kingdom

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Kingdom is an anime adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara’s manga series of the same name. It was produced by Pierrot, directed by Jun Kamiya, and written by Naruhisa Arakawa.

This anime depicts the lives of two boys who work as slaves and aspire to be great generals. When one of the boys is taken to the capital, an opportunity arises.

However, he does return to the brink of death. Shin, the other boy, promises to carry on their dream. He goes to great lengths to stay alive on the battlefield and become a superior commander. He begins with a five-man team and works his way up through every battle and war to the top.

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8. Joker Game

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Joker Game is a mystery/thriller anime series produced by Production I.G that aired from April 5, 2016 to June 21, 2016.

This story takes place on the eve of World War II, in the year 1937. The plot revolves around the “D Agency,” a clandestine spy training organization. Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki of the Imperial Japanese Army founded the organization.

His values drive him to recruit people who aren’t military academy graduates or personnel, and to train them to become excellent manipulators.

These operatives would be assigned to a specialized team that would carry out activities. Jirou Gamou, an antihero agent, embarks on a perilous quest to discover secret documents called “Black.”

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7. The Heroic legend of Arslan

The Heroic legend of Arslan is an adventure/fantasy anime series produced by SANZIGEN LIDENFILMS that aired from Apr 05, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015.

The story follows Arslan, the heir apparent of Pars, a powerful kingdom that sits at the crossroads of the East-West trade route. The timid Arslan is confronted with battle for the first time when the nation of Lusitania starts an invasion on Pars.

When the Persian army falls for a Lusitanian plan and is routed, his worst fears are fulfilled. Thanks to the faithful and invincible warrior Daryun, he barely makes it out alive. They will fight the invasion and the cruelties of fate that are going to strike Pars together.

6. Gate

Gate is an action/adventure anime series produced by A-1 Pictures that aired from Jul 04, 2015 to Sep 19, 2015.

This story follows Youji Itami as he travels to Ginza, Tokyo, for a doujin conference when a mysterious portal in the appearance of a gigantic gate opens out of nowhere. Supernatural beasts and warriors in mediaeval armour emerge from this gate, rampaging across the city, murdering and destroying everything in their path.

Youji saves as many lives as he can with quick actions, while the rest of the JSDF focuses on preventing the invasion. Youji has been tasked with directing a special recon team as part of a JSDF task force that will be sent to the world beyond the gate, now known as the “Special Region,” three months after the invasion.

They must go into this unknown region in order to have a better understanding of what they are up against and to make friends with the people in the hopes of forming peace ties with the ruling empire. However, if they fail, they risk being drawn into a horrific battle that would swallow both sides of the gate.

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5. Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is an action/sci-fi Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G. This anime is based on Masamune Shirow’s manga “Ghost in the Shell.” It aired from October 1, 2002, to October 1, 2003.

The plot of this anime is as follows: The line between the digital and physical worlds will become increasingly blurred in the future. The line between technology and humans has been blurred beyond recognition, with people living lives in both the digital and physical worlds.

A new cybernetic level of existence is being formed as a result of the fusion of man and machine, an existence that continues to redefine mankind.

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4. Aldnoah.Zero

Aldnoah.Zero is an action/sci-fi anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and TROYCA that aired from Jul 06, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014.

The scenario for this story is An old alien hypergate was discovered on the moon’s surface in 1972. Humanity began migrating to Mars and establishing there with this technology. The Vers Empire was created after settlers discovered more advanced technology and claimed Mars and its mysteries for themselves.

In 1999, a conflict on the moon’s surface led the hypergate to erupt, destroying the moon and spreading remains into a debris belt around the planet. Cut off from Mars, the surviving members of the Vers Empire built numerous large orbiting space stations within the debris belt and agreed to a ceasefire.

3. Mobile suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam is an anime television series, produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise. It premiered in Japan on the Nagoya Broadcasting on the Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, and ran for 43 episodes until January 26, 1980.

This anime is set in the Universal Century year 0079. A fight has erupted between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon, a space colony seeking independence. A teenage kid is compelled to pilot the Federation’s new secret weapon when the space colony where he lives is assaulted by Zeon mobile suits, huge robots piloted by humans.

The Gundam, a significantly more powerful mobile suit, is the new secret weapon. Throughout the One-Year Conflict, Amuro Ray and many other citizens his age must commandeer a Federation spaceship and transform into soldiers in order to survive the war against Zeon’s forces.

2. Legend of Galactic heroes

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Legend of Galactic heroes is an action/sci-fi OVA series produced by Artland Shaft Mushi Productions and Magic Bus that aired from February 09, 1998 to September 26, 1998.

This OVA follows the Galactic Empire. For decades, it has been locked in an interstellar war with the Free Planets Alliance, a conflict that involves thousands of spaceships and millions of soldiers on both sides.

Two new commanders enter the conflict with great hopes: Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA’s Yang Wen-Li. As they deal with superiors and subordinates, maneuver through complicated political arrangements, plot strategies, and win battles, each will be tested, and ultimately changed, by the reality of war.

1. Code Geass

Top 15 Political Thriller Anime

Code Geass is an action/sci-fi anime series produced by Studio Sunrise that aired from Oct 06, 2006 to Jul 29, 2007.

This anime depicts the invasion of Japan by the Empire of Britannia, which employs massive robot weapons known as Knightmare Frames. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens as the 11’s. At the time, Lelouch, a Britannian living in Japan, pledged to his Japanese companion Suzaku that he would destroy Britannia. Years later, Lelouch is in high school, but he frequently misses class to play chess and risk his life.

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One day, he comes into terrorists 11 who have stolen a military secret and is apprehended by Suzaku, a member of the Britannian task team tasked to track them down. Suzaku is executed for breaking orders as the remainder of the squad arrives, while the military secret, a young girl, grants Lelouch the power of Geass, which makes anybody obey any order.

While Suzaku is secretly assigned as the pilot of Britannia’s brand new prototype Knightmare, Lancelot, Lelouch assumes the role of the masked Zero, leading the revolt to finally destroy Britannia.

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Sahil Khan
I’m a 19-year-old Indian otaku. I love anime and it is the thing that sustains and refreshes my life. I want more people to know about anime. That's why I write articles about anime. The Dragon Ball series is my favourite anime.
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