I have always enjoyed military shows, the sense of brotherhood and the fighting for a larger cause. The idea that any character that you enjoy can die at any moment. Those shows are thrilling and keep you captivated in the programs. But Here Is My Problem!
When you watch anime, you have to accept that some show even if they do not need it may have supernatural or fantasy elements. Take Clannad, did we really need the Fuko arc where she was in a coma the whole time. No, it was an interesting and moving story, but I do not feel there was a need for supernatural elements in the romance show. It was unexpected and didn’t really add anything to the story. But I am getting off track.
Military anime always have a fantasy or supernatural twist. They can’t just make a real combat anime where the stakes are real. I understand that fantasy and supernatural elements add flair and makes the entertaining, but it takes away from the seriousness or war. There are some shows that do add military elements to the show, but these can be considered historical anime. Shows like Kingdom and Souten Kouro, where they focus on military, but this is done during the warring states period. To my knowledge there are very few current era military anime that are just straight normal military.
This is not to say that the supernatural, sci-fi or fantasy. These shows can be interesting with a compelling story, but why can’t they make a war anime, with just the war. Why can’t I enjoy a normal military anime… I just want it. Comment below if you know what I am talking about, or an anime that relates to it.