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English DVD cover of Zipang.

Animation Series (2004-2005)
Japanese title: ジパング

Tetsu Inada (CDR Yosuke Kadomatsu)
Hiroki Touchi (LTC Takumi Kusaka)
Takanori Hoshino (LTC Masayuki Kikuchi)
Yuji Ueda (LTC Kohei Oguri)
Mirai, an improved Kongou-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, is one of the newest and most advanced ships in the entire Japanese Self Defense Force (SDF). Her crew, also one of the newest, is lead by Capt. Umezu Saburo and Executive Officer Kadomatsu Yosuke. While running scheduled training exercises one day, Mirai encounters a fierce storm that throws their navigation systems into temporary disarray. After a few minutes of recovery, the crew is shocked to discover that they've been transported back in time to June 4, 1942—The Battle of Midway, during World War II. Letting history take its course for this battle, they manage to avoid the conflict firsthand and make a vow to remain anonymous, changing history as little as possible. However, when the crew comes across the dying Lt. Commander Kusaka Takumi, XO. Kadomatsu's instincts to save lives takes over, changing the course of history more than he could've imagined.

Note: This is an animated film. The aircraft shown in it are therefore not actual aircraft, however, where a reasonable depiction of an actual aircraft has been created, it has been identified as best as possible.

MV/SA-32J Umidori

One of the two aircrafts carried by the JDS Mirai.

Zipang Umidori 1.jpg
Zipang Umidori 2.jpg
Zipang Umidori taking off.jpg

Mitsubishi SH-60J

One of the two aircrafts carried by the JDS Mirai.

Zipang SH60.jpg

Mitsubishi A6M2

Zipang A6M2.jpg
Zipang A6M2-rear.jpg

Nakajima A6M2-N

Two of them appears in episodes 5 and 6 to intercept the Umidori as it was attempting to recon the Ogasawara Islands, resulting in a dogfight.

Zipang a6m2-n.jpg

Mitsubishi F1M

The crew's attempt to steer clear of history is immediately put on hold as an F1M crashes. CDR Kadomatsu, seeing one of the crew (LTC Kusaka) still alive, goes in to the ocean and rescue him, setting off a chain of events that would alter the course of history.

Zipang F1M Kusaka.jpg

Later in the series we see Kusaka boarding another F1M that has come to pick him up.

Zipang F1M Another One.jpg

HIJMS Akagi, Hiryu, and Soryu

Just as in our timeline, the Akagi meets her fiery demise at Midway, together with Kaga (not seen), Soryu, and Hiryu.

HIJMS Akagi at Midway
HIJMS Akagi at Midway
HIJMS Hiryu at Midway
HIJMS Soryu at Midway

Mitsubishi Ki-46

Zipang Ki-46.jpg
Zipang Ki-46 takeoff.jpg

Douglas SBD Dauntless

A squadron of them, led by CDR Samuel D. Hutton, launches an attack on the Mirai together with another squadron of Avengers, blissfully unaware of the anti-air capabilities of a destroyer from 60 in to the future.

Zipang sbd diving.jpg
Zipang sbd in hangar.jpg
Zipang sbd landing.jpg

Earlier in the story, we also see them in action at Midway.

Zipang SBD midway.jpg
Zipang SBD midway diving side.jpg
Zipang SBD midway diving.jpg

Grumman TBF Avenger

A squadron of them launches an attack against the Mirai, with disastrous results.

Zipang TBF.jpg

Grumman F4F Wildcat

Zipang f4f.jpg

USS Wasp (CV-7)

The aforementioned Dauntless and Avenger squadrons were based off the Wasp.

Zipang uss wasp.jpg

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