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Japanese Anime Portrays China as Nazis Bent on World Domination

The 2012 Japanese animation film The Mystical Laws recently surfaced on the Chinese internet much to the contempt and ridicule from Chinese netizens. The film was written by Ryuho Okawa who famously founded the controversial Happy Science religious sect in Japan, a organization known for the denial of Nanjing Massacre and advocating the remilitarization of Japan. Below is the synopsis of the film:

In year 202X, a unnamed economic and military superpower in East Asia suffered a military coup and formed the Godom Empire, its emperor with help from aliens amassed a unstoppable military that soon saw the conquest of Taiwan and is preparing for the imminent invasion of Japan. America with a declining economy and military is unable to stop the Godom Empire. An unlikely hero Sho Shishimaru, discovered to be the reincarnation of Buddha, stood alone as the last hope to save mankind.

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“This morning Godom Empire began the invasion of Nantai”

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“The Godom Empire released a statement”

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“Statement says Nantai is the territory of the Godom Empire”

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“What are you doing, stop filming”

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“Premier, the Godom Empire sunk an American aircraft carrier”

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“They said they have 300 “Special East” intercontinental ballistic missiles”

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“We cannot shoot them all down with just patriot missiles”

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“Today we are not longer the world’s police”

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“Godom troops have landed, run away!”

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“Because we are not Japanese, and instead have become people of the Godom Empire”

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“Can no longer say we are Japanese, this makes me mad!”

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“”In the past Japanese people done many bad things””

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Comments on Tiexue:

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505229:

Nowadays, many films and video games abroad all have something to do with China. For example, the film Gravity had a lot to do with China. In the game Battlefield 4, China was also a key part of the plot. Regarding these things with elements about China, we did not boycott or object to them, because they did not smear/defame us, even if there were some misrepresentations. But this film is clearly smearing our image, making us look like we are a war-mongering nation and people. May I ask how just many times we’ve engaged in large-scale expansion?

普普通通的民警:

This is Japan’s so-called soft power foreign diplomacy, and if China does not improve the level of its animation industry, it will cost us sooner or later.

cccpc1000:

This is why it is funny. Japan during World War II was part of the Axis Powers with Germany; they were allies! To portray China as the Nazis, Japan is truly amazing, forgetting what they had done in the past.

lewescat:

I wonder why Chinese animation studios do not release animated films like this.

林下独酌:

Japanese anime has many such films, don’t be too concerned, they are just afraid of us.

deeper36:

Are those J20 fighter planes on the aircraft carrier? The livery is quite sinister looking.

Comments on Douban:

caleb89:

Everybody makes fun of absurd anti-Japanese dramas, and now there is an absurd anti-China drama.

Elimu Yoichi:

I hope Ryuho Okawa can rule the world. This way, the world will be destroyed.

王者自由:

I can’t believe I spent over 2 hours watching this lousy film, there must be something wrong with me. This must be a FLG propaganda film, right?!

Edcho:

…What is this whole film trying to allude to? Seeing Nazi, our Heavenly Kingdom and other odd things all mixed together, I’m both annoyed and amused… One star at best.

惚兮独泣:

The animation quality is surprising not bad; this evil cult sure has money.

不作死就不会死:

Just how fucking dumb this film is, I don’t even want to give it one star [the lowest possible rating on Douban]. Fucking so disgusting.

satanznd:

All of the sudden I forgive absurd Chinese dramas.

What do you think?

Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai

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