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Anime is great because there are so many things that help draw in the viewer. Among these is that anime is able to whisk the viewer off to an imaginary land that is beyond one's wildest dreams, or to a far off land that they would love to visit some day or even to a place a brisk walk away. Anime's ability to create a vividly real world is definitely one of its greatest things.
Where there are new or even familiar locales, there is also a sense of escapism – a feeling of desire and longing – to become a part of that world. Similar to our own or vastly different, surely you've dreamed of visiting at least one world from an anime. If you haven't, don't worry because here are the Top 10 Anime Worlds You Want to Live In!
10. Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist (Shimoneta to Iu Gainen Ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
Not everyone's open to a good dirty joke. In fact, there are those who downright oppose the idea of it, and would rather see it outlawed. Those people are in luck: an anime world like Shimoneta will make them feel quite at home.
Shimoneta takes place in a dystopian future of Japan, where the government has made anything mildly inappropriate illegal. Just short of policing thought, the Japan of Shimoneta has special devices called "Peace Makers" that detect lewd words of gestures, further encouraging citizens to refrain from such activities. It's definitely an affront to human rights and privacy, but that's the price you pay to be rid of juvenile "That's what she said jokes."
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2016 – December 2016
There's no right or wrong answer. Everyone has the right to their own opinions, but which of these sounds better: a world where one of the biggest sports features women in swimsuits use their breasts and buttocks to combat each other or one where it's a game with men running around chasing a ball? It's not even a question!
If you're someone who picked the right...er...first answer, then the world of Keijo!!!!!!!! sounds perfect for you. At first, Keijo!!!!!!!! might sound like an ideal world for pervy guys, but while there may definitely be some truth to this statement, keep in mind that Keijo is a water sport for women! One problem with our current scene of female sports is that well-endowed women are often at a disadvantage; not with Keijo, however.
How about that? A world where women's sports is at the top of the sports world. While we've listed more some additional reasons that the world of Keijo!!!!!!!! would be a great one to live in, let's be honest; you like the idea for two reasons: Butt. Sports.
8. Pure Illusion from Flip Flappers
- Episodes: 13
- October 2016 - December 2016
Pure Illusion, is as it sounds: a fantastical world that's great for adventuring and exploring. Throughout the course of Flip Flappers, Papika and Cocona visit an assortment of worlds in Pure Illusion, an alternate reality that is able to directly affect our own.
Flip Flappers only shows us a glimpse of what Pure Illusion has to offer. Despite this glimpse, we learn that Pure Illusion can range anywhere from a snow-covered landscape, to a Mad Maxesque wasteland. It is hinted that there is an infinite amount of worlds in Pure Illusion. So there's sure to be a world in Pure Illusion suited to you. Flip Flappers has shown that anytime you visit Pure Illusion, you are in for quite the exhilarating adventure. Flip Flapping!
7. Dragon Ball Series
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: April 1989 – January 1996
One of the most famous anime series of all time is, without question, Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball series. Due to the high level of danger, world destruction, and death, it's probably one of those world's most people would like to visit from behind a thick protective glass. Dangers aside, however, there are many reasons to want to settle down in the world (and universe) inhabited by the Z-Fighters.
One of the most unfortunate things about life is that we never have enough time. In the world of Dragon Ball Z, there's this great thing called a hyperbolic time chamber. In the hyperbolic time chamber, you can do a year's worth of activity, and only lose a day of real time. The famous adage that Rome wasn't built in a day clearly wasn't uttered with the hyperbolic time chamber in mind.
If achieving maximum efficiency at things isn't your cup of tea, then Dragon Ball has more to offer than just saving time. Dragon Ball takes place in a world with lots of futuristic technology: flying cars, hyper speed space travel, androids, time travel, and space saving capsules. Adding to the danger is lots of prehistoric creatures, who while dangerous may even be domesticated. A pterodactyl pet, how cool is that?
From time and space travel, time dilation machines, and prehistoric animals, the world of Dragon Ball has much more to offer than just being able to witness the universe strongest fighters go at it. Which, isn't that bad of a thing in and of itself.
6. Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2013 – March 2014
Kill la Kill takes place in a semi-alternate timeline of Earth where mankind's evolution was fast-tracked by the presence of an alien life form called, Life Fibers. Thanks to the Life Fibers, we are the clothed and advanced species that we are today. In the modern world, 100% of the world's clothing is provided by the Revocs Corporation, a clothing company run by the Kiryuin Conglomerate. Ragyo Kiryuin, head of the Kiryuin Conglomerate, also happens to be a fashionista connected to Life Fibers and obsessed with clothes.
The world in Kill la Kill is extremely fashion oriented, but its high fashion sense isn't the only thing that makes it so appealing. Kill la Kill takes place primarily in Honnoji Academy, a school where social rank dictates everything. High ranking students have the honor of wearing Goku Uniforms, uniforms crafted with Life Fibers, giving them special powers and abilities. The power of one's Goku Uniform is determined by their rank, with a 3-Star being the strongest.
To truly enjoy the most of Kill la Kill's world, Honnoji Academy, in particular, you must be able to climb the ruthless hierarchy ladder. Even if you're not able to make the most of the world, at least you'll be dressed nicely. Just be sure to enjoy I before Ragyo and the Life Fibers attempt to take over the world.
5. Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! (Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!)
- Episodes: 10
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
What's better than playing an RPG? Living one, of course! For Kazuma Sato, he's given the chance when he dies and is transported to an alternate world that follows the same rules as a classic RPG. Kazuma, upon arriving in this fantasy world, is given the task of defeating the Demon King and is even helped out more than you are in your standard RPG when he is offered one overpowered weapon.
In KonoSuba, the standard RPG classes are available to you, as you can become anything from an adventurer to an explosion-casting mage. Finally, you can end the debate between friends as to who is the smarter of the two, as just like in an RPG, you have numerically valued stats. Lest we forget the most appealing part of KonoSuba's world, and that of any RPG: the adventuring. It's no easy task to defeat the Demon King, so get out there and level up those awesome skills of yours.
4. My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
It's every kids dream to be a superhero. If we're being honest, it's not even the prestige of saving people that is so attractive: it's the super powers, whether is super strength, super speed, laser vision, or invisibility, there's a super power for everyone. Well, welcome to the world of My Hero Academia, where humans have developed special abilities called "quirks." Generally, everyone's quirk is unique, which means not only do you have a super power, but you have one that’s pretty much unique to you.
With great power comes great responsibility. And with great responsibility, there are those who answer to the higher calling, and some who run from the responsibility, and those who ignore it all together and use the power in the wrong ways. Thanks to these people, the world of My Hero Academia not only has super powers but also a calling for heroes.
Use your powers for good, evil, or not at all. With the odds of being born with a quirk strongly in your favor, just be sure to enjoy your powers somehow!
3: Alola from Pokémon Sun & Moon
- Episodes: ?
- Aired: November 2016 - ?
Everyone feels a fondness for Pokémon; whether you grew up with the original 150 or later generations, we've all wanted to go around collecting pocket monsters of our own. For some, that desire slowly faded, for others it remained strong. With the announcement of Pokémon Sun & Moon, however, everyone found themselves back on the Pokémon hype train. All aboard!!
This time, Pokémon takes us to the tropical island of Alola. Alola is a great place with its weather and culture that differs from other regions. What makes Alola so appealing, however, is not just the weather and culture but also the pokémon, of course. Alola is home to almost 100 new pokémon, as well as Alolan versions of some classic pokémon.
For now, the closest we can get to catching pokémon in Alola is booking a trip to Hawaii and playing Pokémon GO. The new Alola versions of your favorite Pokémon won't be available, but it's better than nothing!
2. Disboard from No Game No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 – June 2014
How many times have you made a deal with a friend, only for them to back out at the last minute. "We never shook on it," "I had my fingers crossed," "Yea, you won but, oh well. You can't make me keep my end of the deal." The world of Disboard is governed by a set of rules called "The Ten Pledges." The pledges state that all problems in Disboard must be solved by way of games. And best of all, the wagers bet are always paid out!
Disboard is the ideal world for gamers, as the show's protagonists, Shiro and Sora, prove, as games are literally the law of the land. Big conflicts such as the sovereignty of land can be settled in a game as simple as rock-paper-scissors, while conflicts as simple as who should do the dishes could be solved with a game as complicated as go: it's all up to the participants.
For some people (shame on them), playing games all day can become a bit of a bore. But that's another thing that makes Disboard such a great place to live: it’s a fantasy world, meaning you can make your games as big as you'd like. You can bring your games to life, with the comfort that everything to return to their normal state after the game's conclusion. Of course, if games really aren’t your thing, then you can go through life in Disboard avoiding conflict and games. If games are your thing, then you're truly in for a treat because prove yourself to be the best gamer in Disboard, and you can become a literal god, Tasteless.
1. Tokyo Godfathers
- Episodes: Movie
- Aired: August 30, 2003
Ask any anime fan where in the world they would like to visit, and the answer is almost always "Tokyo," answered confidently without missing a heartbeat. Ask that same fan what anime world they'd like to live in, and the answer isn't so agreed upon. Very rarely do you hear an anime that takes place in Tokyo, it's almost as if there's a divide and we assume we must answer with an anime that takes place in a crazy fantasy world far different from our own. Don't fret anime fans, our number 1 pick, Tokyo Godfathers is here to reassure you that it's okay to pick a world not too different from the real one in which we live.
What sets Tokyo Godfathers’ “Tokyo” apart from the Tokyo in other anime is that it doesn't attempt to make Tokyo appear to be a perfect place, or rely on non-realistic elements to make the city appealing. Tokyo Godfathers actually takes perhaps the darker sides of Tokyo and spins it into a tale of humanity and love that makes Tokyo appear to be somewhere you truly want to live.
If the feel-good story isn't enough to convince you that Tokyo is a great place to visit, then perhaps the adventures had by the three unlikely heroes will. Tokyo Godfathers takes the viewers all across Tokyo proving the city to be as lively, and beautiful as many fans believe it to be.
Tokyo Godfathers reminds us that an anime world doesn't have to be a thing of fantasy for us to want to live there. Tokyo with all of its beautiful imperfections is definitely good enough.
With all the different worlds out there it's impossible to say that anime is boring. With the multitude of worlds found in anime, there's sure to be one that's right for you. Let us know which anime world you want to live in in the comments below!
We often dream of it – a world unlike ours, something different, something new. Of course, the theme is anime worlds we want to live in. Life in our world can be so boring, but life as a pirate, ninja, or even a life in a world where your deepest wishes can come true would be awesome. What’s not to like about that? In this list we will dive deeper into some of the wonderful worlds of anime, which we have at some point or another dreamed about... What would it be like if I was there, living the dream and how would I do it. So many people have dreamed about these special anime worlds.
Join me on this journey and perhaps your favorite anime world makes an appearance.
10. Attack on Titan
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2013 – September 2013
Attack on Titan finds itself at 10th place because even though it would be a cool place to live in, it would also be kind of the perfect nightmare to live in as well. Sure, you’d have the happy day-to-day life inside the walls but then just look outside those high walls and you see the Titans, licking their lips upon the mere thought of eating you. But then we have the cool technology mixed with historical times which sounds pretty appealing. You should always conquer your fears, right?
9. The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat.
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2013 – June 2013
A world where your wishes actually can come true... doesn’t that sound pretty great? That’s the reality in the world of The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat. It’s much like the normal world we live in. The main difference is the existence of supernatural, magical stone cats which can make your wishes come true! Better make sure to be careful what you wish for. That said, it is an interesting reality to live in. The only danger would come if you didn’t put enough thought into your wishes. Think before you wish, and it would be an amazing world to live in.
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: April 2006 – March 2010
A highly interesting world to live in would be Gintama’s setting of Edo period Japan, mixed with all kinds of aliens living among the humans. But even though it would be cool to be a samurai in a world like Gintama, it would be very difficult to find work as we can see with Gintoki and his friends. It would be a funny and amusing time to be living in, even though times would be tough. So be sure to try getting used to being a Jack of all trades.
7. Sword Art Online
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: July 2012 - December 2012
Sword Art Online is actually a world we soon might be living in. We’re getting more and more connected and of course, video games will follow in that direction as well. Even virtual reality isn’t too far away. To be living in Sword Art Online and to be trapped in a video game is quite a troubling thought, but in a strange way, it’s very cool at the same time – even though every fight in the game would put your real life at risk.. Nevertheless, Sword Art Online would be a cool and interesting world to live in, if you don’t mind fearing for your life every day.
6. Fullmetal Alchemist
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: October 2003 – October 2004
This is actually one of the worlds which might be a favorite among many anime fans. You have the power of alchemy and the open road. The freedom to do anything. And that is mostly why we dream of these anime worlds and how much better it would be to be able to just live and fight the good fight everyday and have a clear destiny and goal in life... even though by accident, you lose your limbs and almost lose your younger brother. A cool world to be living in for sure.
5. Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 2009 – March 2013
Fairy Tail has an intriguing and interesting feeling when it comes to how the world works. Who wouldn’t want to be living in a world of fantasy, magic, a lot of action and of course a lot of adventure? Sounds like a perfect world doesn’t it? Magic and adventure is the kind of world Fairy Tail is set in, and it’s just interesting to dream about what living there would be like.
- Episodes: 276
- Aired: April 1997 – November 2002
Here we also have one of those worlds were it isn’t necessary to be tied down to a job. In the world of Pokémon you can go on a big adventure, meeting all kinds of people and you have your cool pokémon too. It’s a world many have dreamed about – how it would be like and how much better it would be to live for what you love and to be able to easily go from town to town and earn money as a pokémon trainer. What a truly wonderful world to be living in!
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 2004 – March 2012
Bleach is set in a world which we want to live in because of just the thought of being a Death God and all the perks such a gig would have. Every day you’d be slaying Hollows and other kinds of spirits. It can be quite the amusing, interesting and cool world to be living in. Just think of all the adventure and sword fighting. But also, even just for the knowledge about the afterlife, I’m sure it’s a world many of us wish we were born into.
2. One Piece
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: October 1999 - Ongoing
It has always been a popular wish to live with freedom and that’s what most people want in life. To live comfortable and to have all the freedom in the world – that is exactly what the world of One Piece allows for. The living comfortably part is debatable since not everyone loves the life of a pirate. But just the thought of sailing with your own crew, searching for treasure and fighting with all your might to be the one who gets that gold or whatever treasure lies ahead... it’s enough to get you pumped! In short, a pirate’s life is a life filled with adventure, action, and perhaps a few superpowers as well.
1. Naruto: Shippuden
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: February 2007 - Ongoing
Who hasn’t dreamt of the life of a ninja, samurai, or any ancient warrior, where your daily life was about growing strong as a person, and mastering your skills by fighting to become the best. That is what the world of Naruto is about. In that kind of world, you have so many different superpowers like the Uchiha clan’s Sharingan, which can destroy the world and set a giant infinite illusion upon it.. The Naruto world is about growing as a warrior and studying every day, working hard to become the best. What’s even better is that you have the freedom to travel anywhere and do almost anything (given that you’re focusing on your missions and all). Want to be the hero of the village or the harbinger of doom? It’s your choice. What a magical world to be living in.
The grass is always greener when looking at a different world, at least when taking a look into the worlds anime has to offer. I hope this brought up some thoughts about your favorite anime worlds. Until next time, keep dreaming about life in your favorite anime!