In What Anime World Would You Live? – Part 2

Let us skip the long introduction and get straight to the point: this post features anime worlds I would like to live in. Or, actually, it does not have to be worlds I would like to live in, but rather borrowing certain aspects from the mentioned worlds and putting them in our own. It is kind of like merging our own world with an anime world. Why not steal a character or two, or being able to “lift” as in Eureka Seven? So this post is divided into two sections: “World” and “Character”. You will understand when you read it!

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Oh, and before I forget: the list is published without any particular order.

World

.hack

That is right, .hack got something I adore. Something that I have longed for ever since I heard of the concept as a kid: virtual reality. The .hack franchise centers around a video game called “The World”, a MMORPG which you can discover at your own, as if it were reality. You just put on a HMD (head-mounted display) and use a gamepad for controls and that is it. No longer is there a distance between you and the actual game world; you are one with it. You fight, interact, socialize and so much more as if it were an alternate reality. Who would not want that? Just watch .hack//Quantum (trailer) and come back once you are finished. You will also long for virtual reality afterwards.

The cool part about this is that it might become a reality soon. Sony has developed a 3D HMD called “Personal 3D Viewer” which you can read about HERE, or, even better, watch a video of HERE.

Pokémon

When you are ten years old, you can embark on your biggest journey, traveling through the world in search of wacky monsters with the goal of becoming the best trainer there is. Now, I doubt I would leave my house that young (who would!?), but who has not dreamed of this since they first stumbled upon Pokémon? Adventuring alone, or with your friends, raising a team of wonderful monsters that only belong to you… it would be fun.

There is a reason I choose Pokémon over any other adventurous franchise and that is because it is safer. Sure, Team Rocket might come and try screw things up, but their Ratatas would be nothing against my Wynaut and Marowak. But, who knows, perhaps a hungry Charizard will come and chew on me? Whatever, I just want to adventure with cool monsters!

Characters

K-ON! or Kimi to Boku

Also called: “random slice of life series”. Pretty much every slice of life series have something I love, so it was hard to narrow it down, but I eventually made it. These two series are about a group of people (as always with slice of life), with K-ON! focusing on five girls and Kimi to Boku on five boys, enjoying everyday life. In other words, it is ordinary and very trivial. On the other hand, that does not mean it is boring. Actually, it is far from.

K-ON! is the more lively one with our group doing a bunch of random stuff, such as going to concerts or even traveling to London. What the series excelled in was to make the viewer feel at home, as if he or she was one with the group. It was as if you experienced the events in the series together with the characters! I recommend you to read an excellent post on this matter. HERE is it.

In contrast, Kimi to Boku is much calmer. There are no exaggerated reactions, no screaming, no nothing. A lot of people claim this is boring as heck and in no way mirrors reality, which might be true. But, let me be honest here, this is how I would like reality to be. I would fit in perfectly, being calm and all that. Natsume Yuujinchou is another series featuring calm boys which also clicks with me. The world needs calmer boys.

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

This is a total opposite of the series mentioned above. The reason for wanting to live with the characters from this series is simple: it would be fun. Because I am so calm, Haruhi and her gang might be exactly what would bring a spark to my calm life. It is energetic without being too over the top, while featuring enjoyable characters which would ensure that the crazy situations would never become annoying. People often say it would be a pain in the butt to be dragged around by Haruhi on her hijinks. I say it would be the total opposite.

Everything

Aria

Imagine a place where time stands still. There are no conflicts, no hate, nothing bad at all. It is a world full of happiness, peace and sheer beauty. When you wake up in the morning, you are greeted by lovely sunshine and water. This particular day, it is the annual flooding called Aqua Alta, a day on which the city of Neo-Venezia has come to a standstill. Instead of being bothered by this, you feel joyous and happily put on your rubber boots, walking outside on this very sluggish day. You take a walk to the San Marco Square, experiencing yet another beautiful day. Once there, you meet up with your wonderful friends and enjoy life.

Aria is a utopian series. It is a utopia we all should strive after. Experience Aria and do your best to make it happen. The world literally needs it for peace’s sake.

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28 thoughts on “In What Anime World Would You Live? – Part 2

  1. In Haruhi Suzumiya, assuming you go from this world to her’s, you would be a slider. Automatically that makes you interesting to Haruhi, you just lack the organisation like the others.

  2. Yerocha says:

    This does bring up the interesting possibility of the K-ON or Haruhi characters playing The World. Though I’m not sure if they could find sprites that are cute enough.

  3. if we really were living in the Pokemon world I would totally have left my house at 10! But I think I would have regretted not getting an education

  4. skyhack says:

    I’d kick back at the Cafe in Neo-Venezia, and have coffee with Athena.

  5. Skarlath says:

    Well another good VRMMO anime in my opinion is Sword Art Online (SAO). Right now it’s still only a light novel, with volumes 1-7 fan translated, but the anime has been confirmed and airing in July. So if you really like the concept of VRMMO’s, then you should check it out when it comes out.

    And the world of ARIA is all I want or need.

    • Marow says:

      Oh, I checked it out (including a PV!) and it looks fun. Definitely one of the anime I will watch this summer! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  6. Gecko says:

    Aria = complete agreement. When you started this post off, I just knew that Aria would be the best in everything. If it had the adventure possibility of Pokemon (minus the pokemon, perhaps) I would just move there. Done deal.
    I shall support you in the Aniblog tourney for making this post. Congrats.

    • Marow says:

      I think anyone who have enjoyed Aria loves Neo Venezia, it’s just that wonderful. I would move there even if it didn’t have any adventuring, it would be so soothing. 🙂

      Thank you!

  7. Myst says:

    Neo Venezia. Neo Venezia all the way. I can’t think of a setting that world that has enchanted me than the one found in Aria. That said, I do like the other settings you mention :3

    • Marow says:

      I’m both happy and surprised that Neo Venezia is appreciated by so many. Here I was, thinking that Aria wasn’t really well-known!

      • Myst says:

        I can’t comment on how well-known Aria is, but everyone I know who has seen it has loved it a lot. Which really speaks to the quality of the show.

      • Marow says:

        Yes, that’s mostly the case. If it’s not, it’s very disliked by people who don’t like that kind of stuff. So it’s a love or hate show! And I’m all love.

  8. Mushyrulez says:

    “Aria is a utopian series. It is a utopia we all should strive after.”

    HAHAH. My Socials teacher recently did a unit with us about utopias, and gave us a list of recommended reading, which INCLUDED Aria!!

    …Later, I found out that he copied the list entirely from Wikipedia, but that’s a matter for another day.

    P.S. After studying utopias, we came to the conclusion that no, there’s really no such thing as a utopia people can live in. All utopias are dystopias at heart; how can you have a utopia without a stable societal system, and how can you have full freedom of expression in a stable society? To be free, societies must shift and change; and when societies shift and change, how can it remain a utopia? The ‘best place’ really is ‘no place’, but the place we’d most love to live in is still in /this place/, striving towards utopia.

    P.P.S. Which doesn’t exist.

    P.P.P.S. Excuse my sounding pretentious I just had to write something after suffering through a month of utopias

    P.P.P.P.S. yes this had nothing to do with your post sorry

    • Marow says:

      Haha, would’ve been cool if the teacher brought up Aria because he was aware of it instead of just copying!

      It’s true there’s no such place as a utopia, because every person has its own imagination of what it would be. What would satisfy you, would not satisfy me.

      Not sure what stable social system got to do with it. Before our current society, when we lived in small villages (or “groups”), we the kind of social system many wish to have today. Or, as in: no money, only love.

      Some persons did the farming, some did the building etc, they lived in harmony and didn’t demand things in return as we do today, as they had good relationships and faith in each other. If I’m not mistaken it has been proven that about a maximum of 100 (or was it as low as 30? I don’t remember) is the limit for this to work. Otherwise there would be conflicts.

      But in any case, what I meant by striving after the utopia in Aria, was that we should strive after a world without hate and only happiness. Neither would there be stress or pollution. Though, we didn’t get a good look on the world itself, so this might be wrong. But you understand what I mean.

      • Mushyrulez says:

        Well, just the fact that we moved out from that social system makes it instable. A stable social system would never progress, because of its perfection.

        Obviously, something that can’t progress isn’t much of a utopia.

        P.S. How can you have happiness without hate? In fact, many of us derive happiness directly from hate; removing hate might sap the world of a whole lot of happiness…

      • Marow says:

        But if it has progressed into perfection, isn’t that… the best?

        I believe we have to think outside the box when it comes to things like these, to be honest. We humans have an obsession in comparing things, finding it hard to understand new things etc…

  9. Lee says:

    Personally, I’ll opt to live in the world of Persona 4…everyday, you will introspect and delve deeper and deeper into the truth of existence. And the TV world is a cool and exciting double-life….

  10. meshowz says:

    one piece

  11. The Great Melon says:

    Dennou Coil would be a fun world to live in. Augmented reality is available to pretty much everyone in society.without being prohibitively expensive. I have longed for head mounted displays that everyone used in that series ever since I was a kid.

    I would like the augmentations of the Ghost in the Shell world, but given the state earth in that series there is bit too much political and social turmoil to expect that you could live a decent life if you were just a random person.

    • Marow says:

      Geez, you only make me want to watch Dennou Coil even more! Augmented reality sounds really cool (well, we do actually have it today, but I guess it’s not to the same degree).

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