What makes anime (and manga) such a treat to immerse in? For starters, you can count on some amazing storytelling. Others, character development seems to be key. But to tie everything up real nicely, is that a series would need to have an amazing setting.
Let’s set the stage to some amazing worldbuilding! Here are some amazing locations that we all just wish we can visit (well, it’s a mix of beauty and danger – that’s just why anime is such a fun escape!)!
Utgard Castle (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Shingeki no Kyojin has got tons of unforgettable areas to explore (who wouldn’t forget the first time the Colossal Titan tore down the wall!). To spice things up, we chose Utgard Castle to be part of this list!
The reason is that this castle sets up most of the mind-bending revelations this amazing series offered to fans. Not only did this castle bring in some thrills (and despair) with its location (its right at the wall!), but the waves of titans attacking the fortress at night (which, originally, wasn’t thought to be possible) was sheer terror to behold!
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Not to mention, some bizarre revelations on some key characters were shown – we wouldn’t want to spoil things further, just watch this show!
NERV Headquarters (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Sure, Tokyo-3 is the place where Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Angels rampage. But even if terror and despair seem to be constant here, this city is also home to the amazing underground NERV Headquarters. As one of mankind’s last bastions of hope, this HQ also contains the impressive S.C. Magi System. Of course, this is also where the most successful Evangelions are housed.
Structurally, what makes this a place otakus would want to visit is the otherworldly appeal. From the main hub where NERV operators work to the surreal salt lake in the Terminal Dogma, NERV HQ is one impressive place (if not for the bizarre Angel attacks!).
Yubaba’s Bathhouse (Spirited Away)
Ghibli films are a delight to watch, not only for the characters and the story, but for the amazing locations as well. And one standout place is no other than the bathhouse in Spirited Away.
Owned by the movie’s witch, Yubaba, this Japanese-styled bathhouse, which stands right on top of a half-dried swamp, is home to several fantastical creatures employed by the said witch. A boiler room can be found deep under it; the bathhouse trails skyward with the top quarters where Yubaba and Boh lives.
The amazing interior can cater to all sorts of creatures in need to soak some dirt off – a memorable scene where Chihiro had to deal with the largest tub in the establishment! It’s whimsical yet beautiful at the same time – a staple among Ghibli classics!
Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)
Although technically not a “place” (it’s a ship!), what makes most want to check the Bebop out is because of the wacky (and sad) memories a ragtag group of bounty hunters experienced there.
Actually a Ganymede fishing trawler, Jet Black converted this ship into his base of operations when he partnered with Spike Spiegel. Along the way, the tandem met others to join them in the Bebop (well, they were all uninvited), turning them into a rather fun and kick-ass group of bounty hunters.
The Bebop itself is just a bland ship, with some standard shipping features found in this anime’s lore. It does hold some of the crew’s personal spacecrafts: Jet’s Hammer Head, Faye Valentine’s Red Tail, and Spike’s Swordfish II.
What does make this “place” a hit is that it’s the ship where some of the best anime characters lived out their adventures – and that’s more than enough reason for it to be part of this list!
The One Piece universe is definitely packed with tons of wonderful places to visit (after all, this is one series with a really good emphasis on lore!).
Located in the Calm Belt, this underwater prison that holds One Piece’s most dangerous criminals is actually an enticing place to visit! Just the actual location, with hundreds of Sea Kings surrounding the prison, is a sight to behold!
Inside, one can see how the World Government operates at its best. With specialized Den Den Mushi to monitor inmates, and some of the best guards to handle the most notorious criminals, you’re surely in for a party in this place!
Now, this is where some great stuff happens! Mostly shown on the latter part of the series, Yu Yu Hakusho’s Demon World is filled with wonderful locales and people. Originally, territories were split into three (by three powerful demon kings, Yomi, Mukuro, and Raizen). With Raizen’s death (and his son, Yusuke, ascension into leadership), the power balance was tilted, leading into potential war.
But Yusuke, with his ever calm behaviour, decided to settle the issue with what he’s always done – through a tournament! And not only did this tournament showcased all sorts of combatants’ skills – with numerous arenas set up in the Demon World, different and beautiful landscapes were shown as well!
And to also highlight how weirdly beautiful this world is, Yusuke’s travel to Raizen’s kingdom showed how vibrant the world is (trivia: the background during the non-stop run was actually a series of the YES band’s album covers!)!
Lastly, we’d want to place some much-needed emphasis on a legendary location. And that’s no other than One-Punch Man’s very own apartment!
Found right smack in the middle of Z-City (a ghost town!), Saitama is actually the sole resident of this area. As Saitama’s adventure progresses, other heroes started to visit and make his place as a base of some sorts.
It’s simple yet functional – just like how Saitama is! Often underestimated, but giving and going beyond the distance, this is the perfect place to represent probably the strongest anime character ever (trivia: this apartment is actually based on a real building in Tokyo!)!
And there we have it! What other anime places made such an impact for you? Let us know below!