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Shangri-La is a Japanese science fiction novel turned anime about a futuristic age where Tokyo has turned into something called a "jungle-polis" and absorbs carbon dioxide. It portrays the common struggle of the rich vs. the poor. The rich live in a tower city called Atlas, where all of their whims are taken care of. It is a tale of greed vs. bravery. One girl named Kuniko Hojo is setting out to preserve her society and help save the less fortunate, poorer people. The characters are righteous and the plot line is deep, as the girl and her team of guerrillas attempt to right the wrongs being done and overcome the oppression of the society in which they live.

Chiba TV
1 Season, 24 Episodes
April 5, 2009
Anime
6.6/10
Cast: Terri Doty, Lindsay Seidel, Austin Tindle, Tyler Walker
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  • Atlas teeters on the edge of collapse, threatening the lives of everyone inside. If the city's population is to be saved and Japan is to rise from the ashes of her troubled past Kuniko must battle the resurrected Himiko.

  • Tarsian, Karin, and Nagiko work to prevent Medusa's plan of nuclear annihilation. Meanwhile, Kuniko rushes to Himiko's tomb to confront Ryoko and stop Mikuni from pulling the sacred spear.

  • When Mikuni's hunger for revenge and Ryoko's connection to Zeus endanger the world, Kuniko vows to stop them. Unfortunately, before she can take action, Kunihito appears with a gun - and he's got Kuniko in his sights.

  • Kuniko and Karin attempt to crash a satellite into the Marshall Islands in order to stop the rampaging Medusa. Meanwhile, Mikuni, shattered by the loss of Miiko, accepts an offer that might allow her to avenge her fallen friend.

  • After Kunihito tells Kuniko about the numerous strange markings in the land around Atlas, Nagiko and Tarsian offer disturbing insight into the construction of the city - and the gruesome rituals undertaken to keep it standing.

  • Kuniko takes Duomo's fate into her own hands, personally destroying her beloved home. As bombs fall across Japan, Karin's plan to profit from the nation's faltering economy is derailed when she loses control of Medusa.

  • Kuniko learns of a surprising potential connection to Mikuni. Later, Nagiko returns to Duomo and offers to arrange a meeting between Kuniko and Ryoko - but Metal Age's young leader has her own ideas of what to do about Atlas.

  • When a valued ally betrays Kuniko, the tense situation quickly escalates into tragedy. Later, Kuniko travels to Akihabara to secure weapons to use against the daedalus, she finds herself haggling with a familiar face.

  • After confronting Nagiko about her past role in the Atlas government, Kuniko is forced to make a tough decision. Meanwhile, the source of the recent unexplained artillery attacks is discovered.

  • The Metal Age fighters are surprised when Kuniko agrees to a cease-fire offered by the Atlas authorities. Later, Ryoko turns on Tarsian after Karin unleashes Medusa on Zeus.

  • Metal Age infiltrates Atlas, but confusion caused by the ever-changing scenery results in serious casualties. Later, Kuniko makes a shocking discovery about Atlas's past that will alter her life forever.

  • The Metal Age war against Atlas begins! Kuniko leads a risky aerial assault against the city, while riots erupt within Atlas's walls. As the battle rages, Karin attempts to profit from the situation.

  • Ryoko's suspension of the Atlas Settlement Project doesn't sit well with Kuniko, who begins plotting an assault on the city. As Metal Age prepares to execute the plan, a familiar face reappears in Duomo.

  • Karin faces the reality of her lonely life after an encounter with a mysterious boy deep within the confines of her sanctuary. Elsewhere, Kuniko struggles to keep up with her new responsibilities as Metal Age's leader.

  • With Momoko's fate weighing heavily on her shoulders, Kuniko fights to understand and confront her own destiny. Meanwhile, Ryoko exercises her newfound power as Prime Minister by launching an attack on Medusa.

  • Already struggling with the guilt brought on by Momoko's capture, Kuniko must face an even darker pain when she and Takehiko make a gruesome discovery on the grounds of the prison.

  • With her execution approaching, Kuniko receives a visit - and a care package - from Momoko. Later, as the firing squad takes aim, a daring escape attempt results in tragic consequences.

  • After she's arrested by Atlas soldiers, Kuniko finds that things have changed for the worse at the detention center from which she was only recently released. There's a cruel new warden in charge now: Ryoko.

  • Karin and the Japanese government unleash a risky plan designed to lure Orochi into the open. When the program's location is revealed, Ryoko intercepts the information - and the U.S. military attacks.

  • After spying on his comings and goings in Akihabara, Kuniko encounters Kunihito in public. With each suspicious of the other's motives and tactics, the tension between them eventually escalates to violence.

  • Kuniko and Momoko travel to Akihabara to sell off a portion of Metal Age's carbon-rich graphite stockpile. Meanwhile, Karin attempts to learn the identity of a mysterious new player on the carbon market.

  • Kuniko and her allies venture into the dangerous foliage outside their village, unaware that a recon party from Atlas is lurking nearby. Meanwhile, chaos strikes the carbon market after Karin unleashes Medusa.

  • After two years in detention, Kuniko returns to her village. Momoko is happy to have her home safe, but the arrival of a military assault force proves there are some who aren't pleased with Kuniko's newfound freedom.

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