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So, I'm sure everyone knows what happened in World War II (or so I hope). Three countries sought to pretty much take over the world with a single superior race, but were stopped by the Allies.

About a half a year ago, I was talking to ThisMechaJunkie (AKA: Kora) on some sort of chatroom (I think it was Facebook, I don't remember) about SD Gundam Force. If you don't know what SDGF is, it is basically a mecha anime using cell-shaded 3 dimensinal models. In the series itself are two sides: The Gundam Force and The Dark Axis. Both consist of allies from the three main dimensions mentioned in the series; that being Neotopia, Lacroa, and Ark.

This is when I had noticed something. With the Axis Powers, two of the countries - that being Germany and Japan - were extremely powerful. Germany had an amazingly strong military force and had hundreds if not thousands of people at disposal, no matter the age of the individual. Japan would never surrender, until the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as their people followed a strict code of honor and devotion to the Emperor.

It may just be me, but I can't help but ignore the fact that the divisions of the Dark Axis under Commander Sazabi and Kibaomaru are highly similar to that of Germany and Japan during this time. Think about it - the weapons used by the Zako Soldiers, Dom, Zapper, and Grappler were very heavy duty to say the least, not to mention how it has been stated that they've taken over numberous worlds just as Germany had taken over all of Europe besides England. Sazabi's design even looks similar to that of a high-ranked German military officer.

I don't think I have to say much of Ark, the connection is much more visible between Japan and Ark than for Germany and Sazabi's troops. But what does that leave for Lacroa under Deed and Tallgeese? Simple, that means they are similar Italy. Not only was it much easier (in my opinion, from what I have seen) to defeat them, the style and culture seems to also reflect that of Europe during medival times. That leaves Neotopia to stop the Dark Axis as America had.

But perhaps I'm just over-analyzing my favorite childhood anime. Please, this is merely my theory. If you don't agree, please do not flame. If you must tell me something I missed, gladly tell me, but not in a way that is rude or would offend others or myself.
Just my theory~

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Combatkaiser Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
wait..hitler is general zeong?!! though japan can't be ark because that would mean emperor hirohito surrendered because he gains knowledge that emperor akihito would be the daishogun (ruler of extension ZA WARLDO!!!)
Shockbox Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Photographer
NOPE, you're DEFINITELY not alone. I picked up on the WWII influence in the show too. DX

Its... actually a little unsettling, I think. Especially when I think back to watching this show as a kid. Looking back on it now as an adult and KNOWING about WWII, it just... freaks me out a little. For being a show geared toward kids, there was definitely a dark side to it.
ZeroGal5 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
the WW2 influence is SO strong in this series, i picked it up right away when i saw the first episode! so you are not alone with this theory, lol. URGH, INTERVIEW? SOMEONE, SEND ME THE LINK, QUICK!!! *dies*
Aya-Shiroi Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, does anyone have a link to this interview? I want to see it~!
Guiled-Dragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're totally right! They did base it on WWII. That's why it's called the Dark Axis, based on the Axis Powers. Sazabi's head ornament looks like German officer's hat and the whole thing with Japan at war. Though it is mainly just feudal Japan. And Lacroa is based on medieval Europe, hence the knights and castle. But the Dark Axis is based on the Axis Powers whose main headers were Japan, Germany and Italy and we have the three Dark Axis Lords and Sazabi (who as pointed out looks a bit like the German uniform).

I'm pretty sure they mentioned the influence specifically in some interview.
Aya-Shiroi Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I didn't even realize that... I never knew there was an interview! :XD: I'm glad I'm right though! =)
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