Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki | アンゴルモア元寇合戦記

[Impressions] Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki | アンゴルモア元寇合戦記

[Impressions] Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

  • Mr A
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  • Posted On September 7th 2018

Mongols tried to invade Japan but things didn't turn out what it seems

Maybe I’m late on the bandwagon, but I want to spread out this beautiful underappreciated gem of a title. Sucks that very few watches this kind of show but for those who might have missed it out. This series is a historical tale of our outcast commander on a mission to save the island he was exiled to from the imminent threat of a Mongol invasion. Armed with nothing but a few skilled exiles and measly fiefdom who have never seen a war outside of internal conflicts, gets ready to fight the bloodlust Mongols whom just finished its conquest of conquering and plundering the Chinese and Korean empire.

A lot of the DNA of the show reminds me of another historical series called Kingdom. It chronicles the event of the war for the unification of China under one emperor. Kingdom scope and story can be considered epic in scale and boldness. Anglomois is more personal that it foretells the single point in the entire historical narrative. Kingdom jumps through many characters, and the goal of it is to tell this epic tale of these larger-than-life figures that contribute to the unification of different nations. In here, we have this one dude and his merry band of misfits and refugees trying to survive the invasion until and that is if only the mainlanders will send its forces to defend the island. So far that is what the scope we have in the story, and it looks like it will be the chunk of the story of this series’s cour.

Now to be fair, Kingdom did start small, with the story’s first goal is getting Qi Shin Huang back to his rightful throne from his evil brother. After that, it slowly expands its world to introduce the generals and the other factions. The story’s direction might also be the same with this, but I can’t be sure since there’s no one bothering to scan the manga to check. Unless someone decides its popular enough to be scanned or licensed, this anime is the only way we would know. But given it no-frills treatment, meaning, unattractive looking characters and too little character development from the characters. There’s not enough hook to interest casual fans to this show.

As for historical accuracy, I don’t think it is If Wikipedia is to be believed the Mongol invasion did rampage through Tsushima island. The place where this story takes place. But the Mongols did succeed in invading the island and continued to invade the other isles toward Kyuushu. But as far as war accuracy regarding equipment, it is adequate to say at least. On the one hand, they did show the Mongols being ahead of its game by introducing the very first bombs to be used in warfare. They also showed the very first cannon and the injuries it sustains. On the other hand, according to accounts, the Japanese should have a hard time killing the Mongols because of their armor. But int he series, they never commented or show such.

Overall, I prefer a non-fanservice show that features generic to unattractive characters but tells a historical tale that isn’t about Nobunaga or some non-descript victorian era steampunked alternate history. Then the show will fit my new watch, as with my interest in anything shota that isn’t a harem. If you are like me and feel that this season is nothing but trash, then give this historical show a try.



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