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In the 13th century, the Mongolian Empire rapidly expands across the globe. Later historians who studied the prophecies of Nostradamus would say that Mongolia was the birthplace of the "Great King of Terror", Angolmois. And at last, the force of the Mongolian Empire would turn their attention toward Japan... 1274: The Bun'ei Invasion. This story is a fresh look at the great battle that rocked all of medieval Japan: the Mongol Invasion. It shows how the people of Tsushima panicked, struggled, and eventually rose up against the overwhelming forces of their enemy.

An anime version began in Japan on July 10, 2018.

Angolmois provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Teruhi is very skilled with the bow, and the Toibarai women are perfectly capable of slitting the throats of invaders if given the chance.
  • Affably Evil: Uriyanedi is generally an easygoing fellow who truly cares about the lives of his subordinates, but he's still a mongol general, with all the Rape, Pillage, and Burn that comes with the territory.
  • Agent Peacock: Liu Fuheng wears eyeliner and is introduced playing a matouqin (a musical instrument), but he's still vice-marshal of the Mongol expedition and a deadly combatant.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Tatsu has tanned skin, which not even the other fishermen women share.
  • Ambiguously Human: Onitakemaru has way too much strength for a normal human, and his sharp teeth don't help either.
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  • Anyone Can Die: Considering it's a Foregone Conclusion, it's obvious not many characters are going to make it.
  • Archer Archetype: Hitari is generally quiet and aloof, but an excellent archer as well.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: The exiles sent to Tsushima can be counted as this, since they're all criminals or disgraced members of society.
  • Army Scout: With his youth, ability to climb and good senses, Amushi serves as this for Jinzaburou.
  • Arrow Catch: Onitakemaru catches one with his teeth, without trying.
  • Asshole Victim: Saburou not only intended to sell out his compatriots to the mongols in exchange for lands, he was a rapist that had also killed his own brother. No tears were shed when Shiraishi slashed him across the chest.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Kim Bang-gyeong was able to discern the number of enemies attacking his camp just by sound.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Kuchii quickly notices the walled city of the Toibarai, while impressive, is too big and doesn't have enough guards to man it efficiently, making it vulnerable to attack by the more numerous Mongols.
    • Cannons are also seen as this. They pack a punch and can kill a person very easily, but they're noisy, unwieldy and take too much to reload. Squads of Chinese cannon holders are slaughtered thanks to this problems.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Yajirou and Jinzaburou do this at the end of episode 5 when they ready themselves for the upcoming Mongol onslaught. Jinzaburou then does one with Onitakemaru during episode 11 after the latter decides to return to the island instead of escaping.
  • Beauty Mark: Teruhi has one bellow her left eye.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: Kagesuke promises Jinazaborou reinforcements if he can just hold out for a few days. Unfortunately, right before he's ready to leave, Kagesuke's father overrules him and cancels the expedition, stating that he wants to hold back their forces so as not to lose them and then some other clan who has fresh reserves can then swoop in and take credit for driving the Mongols back. Kagesuke is understandably angry about this, particularly as his clan was supposed to protect Tsushima.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Teruhi loses her composure after being spotted sneaking a kiss on a sleeping Jinzaburou. She puts on a terrifying Death Glare, and tells the boy that if word of this gets out, she wouldn't hesitate to kill him. After he runs away, Teruhi then finds Jinzaburou staring at her, wondering what she was doing. She immediately switches into Tsundere mode.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Just as Jinzaburou is about to be forced to abandon the taken hostages, the Toibarai arrive, giving them the reinforcements needed for the rescue.
  • Blood Knight: While Jinzaburou doesn't enjoy killing, he certainly likes the thrill of the fight.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The reinforcements promised by Kagesuke never arrives because his father overrules him, citing that Tsushima was a lost cause and would be a waste of Japanese soldiers had they of gone. Consequently, most of the Japanese on that island are slaughtered by the overwhelming Mongol forces.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jinzaburou doesn't mince his words when talking in a war council.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Onitakemaru's weapon of choice is a Kanabō, only strengthening his similarity to the mythical Oni
  • Close-Call Haircut: When Kuchii and Fuheng clash, Kuchii manages to slash some of his opponent's ponytail.
  • Cool Mask: The leader of the Mongolian assailants wears one, which make him stand out from his men.
    • Hangan Nagamine is introduced wearing a wooden mask.
  • Cool Old Guy: The Emperor may be a century old, but he's respectful and truly cares about the lives of his subjects, especially his great-granddaughter.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Two occur in episode 12:
    • Sensing imminent defeat and capture, Kano chokes out Teruhi to kill her and avoid capture by the Mongols. Later on, Teruhi wakes back up, only having been choked until she was unconscious, then hidden under a pile of leaves by Kano, whose fate is uncertain after she's captured.
    • Kuchii has a Flash Back where he cruelly destroys a tree his daughter was trying to plant. At first it just seems cold hearted, and she even tries to plant a second one, promising to defend it. Later that night, some ninjas show up, prompting her to scream that there's intruders. Kuchii manages to defeat them, then tells her the reason he doesn't want trees is because it provides bad guys a hiding spot. She understands, but he makes an exception for her tree, as she did technically fulfill her promise to protect it.
  • Curious as a Monkey: Amushi seems to enjoy climbing and seeing new things, occasionally annoying his allies with his curiosity.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Due to their numerical superiority, the Mongols dish these out regularly. The few victories the Japanese manage were almost always due to Kuchii's tactics.
  • A Death in the Limelight: After being insecure and antagonistic towards Jinzaburou for the first episodes, Yajirou finally musters his courage in what turns out to be his final battle.
    • The same can be said about Saburou. On the same episode we learn more about him and his personality, he's killed by Kazuhisa in self-defense. Not that we'll miss him now.
  • Does Not Like Guns: Hitari expresses disdain for firearms, seeing them as imprecise, noisy and take too long to reload. He takes advantage of it to slaughter a group of Chinese cannon holders before he's impaled by dozens of arrows.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Several characters go down fighting the Mongols as long as they can, and some still manage to kill a few after being fatally injured. Jinzaburou likely also had this in mind, but the ferocity of his last fight with the Mongols, along with defeating one of their top generals, scares them so much that they're too terrified to do anything besides let him pass by.
  • Doomed Hometown: Kokufu, the main town on Tsushima, is burned by the mongols before it's inhabitants have a chance to defend it.
  • Dual Wielding: On his second clash against Fuheng, Jinzaburou wields the fallen Onitakemaru's broken naginata along with his katana.
  • Due to the Dead: Jinzaburou goes as far as to recover the heads of Sukekuni and his son Umajirou in order to give them a burial at least.
    • Teruhi actually gives Kazuhisa a proper burial rather than displaying his head for being a traitor.
  • Dwindling Party: Due to the war and that they're vastly outnumbered, many of the main characters get killed during skirmishes with the Mongols.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Finding himself fatally injured, Nagamine manages to rally his men to fight until the very end before he falls dead.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Kazuhisa, motivated by Obusuma, betrays his comrades and sells out their location to the Mongols.
  • The Faceless: Hudun, the Marshal leading the Mongolian invasion, is only heard and his face is completely covered in shadows except for his eyes. His face is only seen in the final episode.
    • The face of the Mongol head assassin is also only shown at the end of the last episode.
  • Faceless Mooks: The Mongolian assassins in the first episode hide their faces behind masks.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After being fatally injured by Jinzaburou during their duel, Kazuhisa calmly accepts his fate and lets Kuchii cut his head off.
  • Facial Markings: All the Toibarai males have a purple tattoo on the left side of their faces.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Kano, Teruhi's female bodyguard, attempts to attack some Mongol soldiers in episode 12 after the end seemed near. Unfortunately she's captured, and she's presumably gang raped by the Mongol soldiers as her top is torn off with them giggling with anticipation. Her fate is unknown afterwards, but presumably she'll end up being a sex slave for the Mongol horde.
  • A Father to His Men: Uriyanedi truly cares about the men under his command, and doesn't like wasting their lives meaninglessly. This doesn't extend to the Chinese and Korean soldiers that also made up the army.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fuheng has red hair, and certainly loves a bloody battle.
  • Fire-Forged Friendship: Almost every main character that arrived to Tsushima had nothing to do with each other other than being exiled to the island to help bolster its meager forces. As they continue to fight with the Mongol army, they start having respect for one another due to the situation they're all in.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The first Mongol invasion of Tsushima in 1274 was a one-sided slaughter in favor of the Mongols.
  • Foreshadowing: In the poster, Saburou and Kazuhisa have their backs turned, a hint they will turn traitor.
    • During the ending theme Teruhi and Jinzaburou are joined by their companions and the order in which they appear signifies the order of their deaths; Yajirou, Saburou, Kazuhisa, Chouminpuku, Nagamine, Douen, Hitari, Amushi and Onitakemaru.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Kuchii is certainly an excellent general who truly cares about the men under his command, but he's also crude, blunt and not afraid to take harsh decisions to ensure survival.
  • Go Out with a Smile: As Hitari is impaled by a dozen arrows, he smiles and muses bows are the best long-ranged weapons before dying.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Kublai Khan, the Mongol Khan who ordered the invasion is this for the series much like how he was in real life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Despite knowing it would be suicidal, Amushi still faces a group of Mongols to allow the other children to escape.
    • Kano leaves an unconscious Teruhi hidden while she distracts the Mongol soldiers despite knowing once she's caught, she'll be raped, enslaved and possibly killed.
  • Hidden Depths: Kano, Teruhi's attendant, turns out to be a good singer.
    • Kuchii himself is pretty good at modeling using only descriptions.
  • Hope Spot: Occurs numerous times to the main characters, such as when they flee for the capital, only to find the Mongols got there first and is razing it to the ground. Later they team back up with the Toibarai in their impressive castle, only to find out it's too big for the few defenders that are left to protect it. And when they see some ships at sea while defending the castle, they realize that said fleet was actually a Mongol one, and not a Japanese fleet sent to reinforce the island.
  • Horse Archer: Not only Kuchii is a deadly swordsman, he happens to be an excellent mounted archer as well. Mongolians are also considered far better horseback archers than their Goryeo (Korean) counterparts.
  • I Choose to Stay: Amushi, Hitari and Douen chose to stay in Tsushima rather than fleeing alongside Chouminpuku and Onitakemaru.
  • I've Come Too Far: Kazuhisa quickly realizes how far he has fallen by agreeing to sell out his companions to the mongols, but considers himself too far gone to turn back.
  • I Have Your Wife: The mongols take the families of several soldiers prisoner, leading those soldiers into attempting to betray their fellow men, among them Ginshichi.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Many of the main characters get killed in this fashion by spears wielded by the Mongols. Some Mooks also share this fate if one of the main characters is holding a spear as well.
  • Innate Night Vision: Amushi seems to have an excellent night vision, which makes him useful as a scout.
  • Kill It with Fire: This is how the Toibarai deal with a mongol squad that had entered their land.
  • Killed Offscreen: The death of Onitakemaru isn't shown, but Fuheng shows his broken weapon to Jinzaburou to taunt him.
  • Know When to Fold Them: After Kuchii almost shoots him in the face, Uriyanedi orders his troops to retreat so the rest of the armies are reunited and he doesn't lose more men.
  • Last Stand: Two occur in episode 12. The first happens when Jinzaburou is knocked off a cliff from an explosion. The second occurs a few hours later after he shows back up. Fortunately for him, the Mongols are too terrified to fight him after he effortlessly slaughters many of them and defeats one of their generals, and consequently can only watch as he walks away from the area.
  • The Load: Chouminpuku has no combat skills, is old, short and is constantly complaining. Considering he used to be a merchant, is not particularly surprising.
  • Manly Tears: Kazuhisa sheds some after seeing the destruction of Kokufu, since it reminds him of the destruction of his own city.
    • Uriyanedi also mourns for the soldiers lost during the initial assault.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The gigantic shark that seemingly speaks to Jinzaburou when he almost drowns in the last episode could be the god of Tsushima or simply a hallucination.
  • The Medic: Souen is a former monk, and as such he knows about healing.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Chouminpuku is the oldest among the exiles, and certainly the shortest.
    • Emperor Antoku is even shorter, probably the size of a child.
  • Mook Horror Show: Generally speaking, almost any fight Jinzaburou is in. The final battle in episode 12 takes it up a notch, when despite still being outnumbered and now also unarmored, he fights with such tenacity that he still kills lots of them, and defeats one of their top generals. Though still badly outnumbered, the Mongols in the area are too terrified to fight him, and essentially allow him to walk away.
  • Morton's Fork: The prisoners sent to Tsushima are presented with two options, they can either fight the Mongols (and most likely die), or they can be executed like criminals. Most choose the former since there's a small chance to survive.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Onitakemaru mentions he got lost in the forest while doing his necessities, hence why he didn't participate in the assault led by Jinzaburou.
  • One-Man Army: When Jinzaburou gets serious, the Mongol assailants fall very quickly.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Onitakemaru pulls a couple of Big Damn Heroes moments to save Jinzaburou, stating that he won't be satisfied until he defeats the latter once the war dies down.
  • Poisoned Weapons: The Jurchen use poisoned arrows.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: One for the current time period, but Onitakemaru confuses the story of Momotarou with Urashima Tarou's.
  • The Quisling: Obusuma and later Shiraishi decide to betray their comrades in exchange for being made landlords by the mongols.
  • Rain of Arrows: The Mongols do this to an exhausted Jinzaburou in the very first scene, launching thousands of arrows at him. After the opening credits, the story then goes back a few days showing how he ended up there.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Fitting for the time period, Teruhi has waist length hair.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: The anime ends this way. While the Mongol army succeeded in destroying most of the resistance on the island, Jinzaburou, Teruhi and a few survivors remain alive. And as it is known to history, the Mongol invasion of Japan is doomed to failure.
  • The Remnant: Toibarai are descendants of soldiers sent to Tsushima on ancient times, and they answer to neither the governor of the island nor the central government. Only the emperor.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • After Yajirou is fatally shot by a cannon, Kuchii and the other samurai quickly slaughter the Chinese squad responsible for that.
    • Kuchii's last attack against the Mongols is so ferocious that he kills many of them, and even defeats Fuheng, one of their strongest generals. Along with his Death Glare, the Mongols are too terrified to attack and allow him to leave peacefully.
  • Scary Teeth: Onitakemaru has sharp teeth, like those of a shark.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Some of the prisoners prefer to flee rather than facing the upcoming Mongol invasion.
  • The Siege: One occurs when Jinzaburou and the others are holed up in the Toibarai's castle. Unfortunately it's too big to have enough men at every gate, and the Mongols quickly utilize their numerical superiority to assault multiple gates at once to overwhelm the Japanese.
  • Significant Anagram: "Angolmois" is an anagram for "Mongolia's"
  • Skewed Priorities: Onitakemaru somehow considers drinking his sake more important than attacking the Mongol camp, and he only gets angry when they almost shoot him in the mouth.
  • Straight for the Commander: This is how Kuchii disrupts the Mongolian charges, by killing their commanders and taking advantage of the chaos.
    • Hitari and Teruhi later try to go after Uriyanedi to disrupt their forces, but his subordinates quickly protect him before they have another chance.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The mongols use primitive grenades to upset the unprepared Japanese forces, which is Truth in Television.
  • Super Strength: Wooden shackles might as well be made of paper when put on Onitakemaru, who breaks free like it's nothing.
  • Taking the Bullet: Teruhi protects Kuchii from an assassination attempt, taking a non-fatal wound to the shoulder and giving Jinzaburou the chance to kill his wannabe killer.
    • Douen protects an injured person from a cannon shot, being fatally injured in the process.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Korean and Mongolian soldiers don't get along, and a brawl explodes between them when they find loot left by Onitakemaru.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Kagesuke Shouni is forced to be lawful and stay put by his father rather than sending reinforcements to Tsushima as he originally intended.
  • Together in Death: Tatsu and Nagamine die within minutes of each other, and their bodies fall together.
  • Tsundere: Teruhi is very good at hiding her growing feelings for Jinzaburou, who remains oblivious.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: One of the prisoners asks the soldiers escorting them to be released from their bindings so they don't fall to the sea during a storm. As soon as he's free he starts killing those soldiers. Luckily Jinzaburou is there to cut his head off.
  • Warrior Poet: Abiru Yajirou seems a bit philosophical, constantly pondering the meaning of war and fighting. Even as he lays dying, he wonders how his death will affect the outcome of the situation.
  • War Is Hell: This is something both Teruhi and Jizaburou certainly agree.
  • Watching Troy Burn: By the time Kuchii, Teruhi and the remaining soldiers and refugees return to Kokufu, the mongols have already burned it, and they can only watch.
  • Wham Shot: At the end of episode 4, Kokufu, the main town of Tsushima, is burned.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fates of Sana and Kano in the anime. Kano is last seen about to be raped by soldiers, but not what happened afterwards. Sana was last seen diving hoping to rescue a dying Amushi, but it's not clear if she drowned.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Teruhi doesn't want to sacrifice her people or the exiles, but she knows they have no choice, being front row to the Mongolian Invasion.
  • You Are in Command Now: Teruhi is left in charge of the people of Tsushima after her father and brother fall in battle. Kuchii then effectively becomes the de facto leader since his tactics are keeping them alive long enough to escape to safer areas.
  • Zerg Rush: Unsurprisingly, the mongols and their Korean conscripts land en-masse at Tsushima.

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