Gunka no Baltzar

For my random historical military fiction fix, I’m reading Gunka no Baltzar. It’s set in 18th century Europe (with country names changed), and the main character is an aspiring Weiben (which is all but Prussia in name) officer who’s sent to become an advisor to a neighboring country’s military academy.

Balzer, the aforementioned protagonist, encounters friction and resistance due to Baselland’s backward military doctrine and organization. There’s some political intrigue, but thankfully not too heavy to detract from serious military reform. This may be a story in peacetime (at least for now), but I like how it deals with the necessity of a nation to have the means to defend itself, without falling into the disease of self-serving, wishful pacifism.

The art is strikingly detailed, and the setting is well-researched. Oh, and there’s some valkyrie cosplay, too! At five chapters scanlated, this manga is fairly new, but it’s worth your time if you’re fond of historical militaries like me.

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5 Responses to Gunka no Baltzar

  1. Vendredi says:

    Haven’t heard about this one, but this is a handy heads-up!

  2. JELEINEN says:

    From the castle we see, I’m guessing that Baselland is supposed to be Bavaria? Good series so far, thanks for sharing.

  3. Mushyrulez says:

    How did you find this manga? Do you spend your time searching for random historical military fiction for your random historical military fiction fix? You should make it like, a monthly thing or something.

    • schneider says:

      I found it excellent. The military isn’t colored by Japan’s general reluctance to portray it as an evil, instead it’s A Necessary Thing that could have a positive effect on youth. There’s also a curious balance of optimism and realism in the main character, as well as his students.

      Funny enough, I just found it out from some guy’s Twitter account. I don’t really read much manga, but it sure is nice to know more of these.

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