Sucker Punch‘s Ghost of Tsushima is going to be delving into a piece of Japanese history that doesn’t often get much time in the spotlight, the Mongol invasion of Japan in 1274. However, there’s also a Ghost of Tsushima anime that can help you get more familiar with the time period.
While it’s not a straight-up adaptation of the game, the anime, known as Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion, follows the same story, talking about a samurai in 1274 who’s exiled to the Japanese island of Tsushima, where he finds himself on the front lines of an invasion by the Mongol Empire. The title is possibly based on a prophecy of Nostradamus, who predicted the rise of a great king (likely Genghis Khan) of the Angolmois, which is the French word for “Mongol.”
Normally, Japanese cinematic history focuses on the Sengoku Jidai, the Age of the Country at War, where the various clans and daimyos of Japan fought one another for supremacy and the title of Shogun. However, that age began in 1467, not 1274. While the anime and manga “Drifters”, authored by Hellsing artist and writer Kouta Hirano, also deals with Japanese history, it’s not the forefront of the show either.
Ghost of Tsushima made a pretty good mark at E3 2018 when it showed us a good bit of gameplay with stunning cinematography and plenty of epic moments, and it’s likely that Angolmois will have a similar sort of style to it, even if it’s not as good.
Then again, Ghost of Tsushima has a lot of potential, especially given its subject matter and the good showing that it made at the E3 conference. So, if the possibility of playing through an often-ignored piece of Japanese history intrigues you, you can watch that Ghost of Tsushima anime yourself and see what you learn. While the anime isn’t on Crunchyroll or anything like it yet, it’ll come to it at some point this year.
Ghost of Tsushima, on the other hand, will be coming out sometime in 2019 or 2020 exclusively for the Playstation 4.