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In the year 200X, a Japanese fleet consisting of 3 vessels leave on a mission to South America. After encountering a storm, the ship JDS Mirai find itself without its escorts and in the year 1942, traveling towards the island of Midway to face the American fleet in one of largest battles in naval history. The crew of the Mirai must decide whether or not to change the course of history by involving itself in WWII.

Won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2002.


Related Series
Zipang - Shinsou Kairyuu (Alternate Story)

Associated Names

Groups Scanlating
Death Toll
Endless Abyss
Habanero Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.118 by LOL Scans 25 days ago
v.11 c.117 by LOL Scans about 1 month ago
v.11 c.116 by LOL Scans 2 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
43 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Volume 1, Chapter 1
Ends at Volume 7, Chapter 69

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (83 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 29th 2017, 4:32am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

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3 Month Pos #1958 increased(+93)
6 Month Pos #2245 increased(+207)
Year Pos #2379 decreased(-307)

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On 365 wish lists
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Read this, but allow me to vent.   
Rating: N/A
by myopius
December 29th, 2012, 11:49am
I dropped this on volume 4 a week or two ago. In a sense it's worthy of praise because I can't stop thinking about it.

The premise sounds cool. You have a powerful weapon of war sent into the past, able to outclass everything else, with a full library of historical and war-related books as reference. But is this the birth of a new heroic 21st-century-minded mobile superpower? No. The crew is in need for food and fuel, and there is no easy way to obtain it.

For all their bluster, the crew is extremely foolish. They don't understand what kind of situation they're in. They have no reason to believe they will ever return to the present. Even if there was a chance, returning to the present would result in everything instantly not mattering anyway. And Japan has a major historical precedent for losing. So they SHOULD do whatever they can to make a place for themselves in the world, short of seriously fighting the Allies with their weaponry or turning their weaponry over to the Axis powers. But instead they only muster reactions once it is apparent to them that their hand has been forced, with no long-term plan whatsoever. I blame the captain of the ship for being a mellow old man who takes a laissez-faire approach to everything as if he's thinking "no precedent for time travel, so there's no right choice" and lets his crew waste their time on philosophical discussions intead of taking charge. Kosaka is a great character, but at least at this point in the story, he is not the protagonist. If he were the sole protagonist whose thought processes were explained well, I would perhaps be able to get behind him and this manga. I can tell from the ratings and comments that these are just my own personal pet peeves, but it is objectively true that the protagonists are failing to be strategic and suffering for it bar some kind of inconceivable advantage they gain later on to make up for it (short of undoing all their mistakes through more time magic, I don't see it happening). This is a good enough story that I'm engaged enough to be bothered by their mistakes, so I've dropped this to avoid tearing all my hair out in frustration with the behavior of the crew.

However, even if for some reason you're a weird enough person to have the same pet peeves as me, you've been warned by me just now, so you shouldn't hesitate to try this manga out. Obviously it has depth. I guess I'd just prefer a simpler, more feel-good time slip manga like Jin, compared to Zipang which has crisis after crisis being dealt with by characters I don't appreciate.
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Really great manga   
Rating: 7.1 / 10.0
by tallrice
October 2nd, 2012, 7:51pm
Wholeheartedly recommend this manga. It has a really nice as well as exciting plot with very rich historical background. The twists it takes and people it introduces us to make it a great read.
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Amazing mind twister   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by imercenary
March 27th, 2012, 2:32pm
An excellent story for any drama lover, historian or military buff.

Much like the rest of the world, many people fantasize "what if I could change history?", but would you really do it if you had the chance? The fact that the author chose the Japanese military, which was infamously split between Army and Navy rivalry, only hammers home the struggle between saving lives or letting people learn a lesson, the bloody way.
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Awesome concept, well executed   
Rating: N/A
by Stalin
August 3rd, 2008, 4:34am
I'd love to see someone pick this up. It's sad to see such an incredible (at least judging from the first several chapters that have been translated) series languish because the group is inactive. I hope they come back and do more, or that someone else picks up where they left off. Thank you for your work, Faction, I mean no disrespect on the inactivity, as I know real life must come first. You've revealed an extremely worthy series to the English-speaking world.
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Beautiful, stunning, amazing...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pearlesque
June 10th, 2007, 3:00pm
I can't complement this manga enough. The art is beyond superb, and the characters are all richly developed. I can feel the pain of these sailors, stranded in time and trapped by the laws of causality. Should they change the course of history? If they do, what price will the world pay? On the one hand, they can save the lives of fellow Japanese fighters in WWII... But on the other hand, they may risk their own futures if they do so.

Gorgeous dialogue and technical drawings only accentuate the drama. The standard of Faction's translations is also incredibly high. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by reading this manga. So READ IT.

Oh, and -- Faction? I love you guys. For choosing this manga to scanslate, and for sticking with it. Thank you so much!

... Last updated on June 10th, 2007, 3:01pm
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