The Silent Service
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|The Silent Service|
Cover of the first volume
(Chinmoku no Kantai)
|Written by||Kaiji Kawaguchi|
|Original run||1988 – 1996|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Ryōsuke Takahashi|
|Released||March 3, 1996 – January 25, 1998|
|Runtime||100 minutes (episode 1)
70 minutes (episodes 2-3)
The Silent Service (Japanese: 沈黙の艦隊 Hepburn: Chinmoku no Kantai?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Kaiji Kawaguchi. It was published in Kodansha's Weekly Morning manga magazine from 1988 to 1996 and collected in 32 tankōbon volumes. The series was adapted into an anime TV special and OVA series by Sunrise. The first two episodes of the anime were later spliced together and released in North America as a single volume. The rest of the series remained untranslated, though excerpts of the manga were published in Frederick Schodt's Dreamland Japan, however.
During the Cold War, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force jointly developed a nuclear submarine with the United States Navy. On its maiden voyage, the captain of the submarine declares the submarine to be an independent state, "Yamato". The American navy pursues "Yamato", repeatedly failing to capture or destroy the rogue submarine.
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