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- Anvilicious: Nakazawa seems to care very little for subtlety. Arguably justified, considering that the manga was aimed at children, that Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped, and being based on the realities of wartime Japan, contained very little exaggeration.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The foreword in Volume 10 says, "Japan alone has over fifty nuclear reactors in operation. A missile striking one of those reactors could in effect function as a nuclear weapon, even without a nuclear warhead. Herein lies the true, albeit hidden, nature of 'peaceful' nuclear power. Whether triggered by an earthquake, accident or attack, it contains the seeds of horrific destruction." On March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake did critical damage to one of Japan's nuclear power plants and caused the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
- While the editor's words are technically true—the effects of a Fukushima-style disaster is functionally like a "dirty nuke," or radiological weapon—the implication that destroying or damaging a nuclear reactor would cause it to "function as a nuclear weapon" (like the type that was used on Hiroshima) is, sadly, You Fail Nuclear Physics Forever.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Gen's teacher after the bombing has longish black hair, a beak-like nose, and seems very strict towards the students.
- Rooting for the Empire: Averted! Neither the Japanese nor the Americans look very good.
- Tear Jerker