World War Zero : Raimuiro Senkitan
Raimuiro Senkitan Opening
Raimuiro Senkitan (Lime-Colored Exotic War Story) is a 13 episode anime that aired in Japan between January 5, 2003 and March 30, 2003.
The story takes place in 1904 (37th year of the Meiji Era) during the Russo-Japanese War in which former Japanese diplomat, Shintaro Umakai, becomes the teacher of a secret group of teenage girls, the Raimu Unit, who are based on the flying battleship Amanohara. The girl’s Konjiki (supernatural powers) enables them to operate unmanned mecha named Raimu against Russian Raimu units led by Grigori Rasputin who often attack the Amanohara while it’s travelling towards Port Arthur for the final battle.
The Russo–Japanese War (February 10, 1904 – September 5, 1905) was a conflict between the Russian Empire and Japanese Empire over Manchuria and Korea. The major theatres of operations were Southern Manchuria, specifically the area around the Liaodong Peninsula and Mukden, and the seas around Korea, Japan, and the Yellow Sea.
Montenegro also declared war against Japan as a gesture of moral support for Russia out of gratitude for Russian support in Montenegro’s struggles against the Ottoman Empire.
A peace treaty with Montenegro was not signed by the Japanese and a state of war technically remained with the country until its 1918 inclusion in the State of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes which inherited foreign relations of Kingdom of Serbia. The issue resurfaced after the Montenegro’s decision to leave the union with Serbia in 2006
World War Zero
While the international community strove to maintain neutrality throughout the war, all of the European powers were implicated in one fashion or another because of treaty obligations to either Russia or Japan. No event made this clearer than the saga of Russia’s Baltic Fleet, soon to be known as the 2nd Pacific Squadron as it plodded its way out of the Baltic and North Seas, not to neglect the incident in the English Channel, and then meandered around the glove on its eighteen-thousand-mile trek. The progress of this fleet, including the efforts to keep it in fuel and other provisions, made it a cause célèbre in the press and for international readers. More to the point, however, was how each side managed to finance war. Be it through French loans to Russia or loans to Japan from a syndicate of British and/or American bankers, the belligerent nations needed to reach outside of their own resources to finance this conflict.
Warring nations in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanes War were going to have to developp credit lines to finance future conflict. This opened the door for bankers to have an impact on international events.
Was the Russo-Japanese War World War Zero?, John W. Steinberg, Russian Review, 2008, Volume 67, Issue 1 , p5 ,