The Silent Service

This article is about a Japanese manga series. For other uses, see Silent Service.
The Silent Service

Cover of the first volume
(Chinmoku no Kantai)
Genre Drama, Military
Written by Kaiji Kawaguchi
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Morning
Original run 19881996
Volumes 32
Original video animation
Directed by Ryōsuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released March 3, 1996 January 25, 1998
Runtime 100 minutes (episode 1)
70 minutes (episodes 2-3)
Episodes 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.

The manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1990.[1]


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.

See also


  1. Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
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