Quaderns de Filologia. Estudis Literaris vol:XIV pages:61-71
In Kaiji Kawaguchi’s ongoing popular manga series Zipangu (translated as Zipang in English and French) a destroyer of the Japanese Maritine Self Defense Force is transported mysteriously from our time to June 1942. Gradually the 21st century crew is drawn into the maelstrom of this ‘alternative WW2’ and all kinds of political and moral debates surface. By blending fantastical and historical elements Kawaguchi delivers an interesting revision of Japan’s WW2 and current international affairs (see Japan’s new policy of active national security by sending troops to Iraq or the refueling mission in the Indian Ocean).