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For all the categories in this section choose (if applicable) a weight between + (seldom) to *** (abundant) denoting how often the specific category occurs in the anime.

The places the anime can take place in. Includes more specific places such as a country on Earth, as well as more general places such as a dystopia or a parallel universe.


That big mud ball that most of us live on.


The Americas are the land masses to the west of the Atlantic ocean, in the Western hemisphere, also called the New World by the Europeans "discoverers". The Americas consist of the continents of North and South America with their associated islands and regions.
CIA political map of the Americas


The great white north.

United States

The land of the free. Including Alaska and Hawaii.


Asia is the world's largest and most populated continent. Asia e.jpg


Very big, cheap Rolexes, everyone does kung-fu.


Last stronghold for humanity, if Tokyo falls, it's all over. Tokyo tower will undoubtedly fall anyway.


Split personality, zerg rushers.


Bears, vodka, bigger than China.

Note This also includes the European part of Russia (you know, the part where Moscow is, west of the Ural mountain range).


Australia is both a country and a continent in the southern hemisphere. The land of koalas and kangaroos, it has also a few humans living there, at least according to myths.


Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven traditional continents. Europe-political.gif


Le fuck!


Ja, trink mein zaft du gailes luda!


They make good porn too!

United Kingdom

"Oh bollocks, I'm late for my 5 o'clock tea because of this bloody weather!"

The nation that once ruled half the globe (British Empire). Origin of the English language.

Middle East

300px-Middle east graphic 2003.jpg

The Middle East is a historical and political region of Afro-Eurasia with no clear boundaries. It has a loose definition traditionally encompassing countries or regions in Western Asia and parts of North Africa such as Iran, Israel, Egypt, Morocco.

Fantasy World

A fantasy world is a type of imaginary world, part of a fictional universe. Typical worlds involve, but are not limited to magic or magical abilities and a medieval theme. Some worlds may be a parallel world tenuously connected to Earth via magical portals or items; a fictional Earth set in the remote past or future; or an entirely independent world set in another universe. Many fantasy worlds draw heavily on real world history, geography and sociology, and also on folklore.

Examples: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Slayers, Lodoss-tou Senki


A dystopia is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. A dystopian society is characterised by negative traits the author chooses to illustrate, such as poverty, dictatorship, violence, and/or pollution. The only trait common to all dystopias is that they are negative and undesirable societies, but many commonalities are found across dystopian societies. In general, dystopias are seen as visions of "dangerous and alienating future societies," often criticizing current trends in culture. It is a culture where the condition of life is "extremely bad," as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.

Most dystopias impose severe social restrictions on the characters' lives.

Examples: Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku, Kino no Tabi: the Beautiful World, Gungrave

Parallel Universe

Parallel universe or alternative reality is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. Because "alternative reality" sometimes implies that the reality is a variant of our own, like for example a mirror world, we'll use the term "Parallel Universe" which is more general, without any connotations implying a relationship (or lack thereof) with our own universe (meaning a fantasy world can just as well have an alternative reality, doesn't need to be our reality). To put it more simply, if more than 1 universe/reality is present in the anime, this category is valid.

Examples: Tenkuu no Escaflowne, Digimon Adventure, El Hazard: The Magnificent World

Virtual Reality

A virtual reality is a place where the character interacts with a computer(or some other device)-simulated environment, be it real or imagined. The condition for a virtual reality to exist is the existence of real world for the character. In some cases, a virtual reality where characters can get harmed physically is depicted.

Examples: .hack//SIGN, The Animatrix, Gantz


The final frontier.

Other Planet

The anime will fit this category if some or all of the action takes place on another planet which is supposedly in the same universe as Earth, not a complete fantasy world; usually there has to be some concept of space travel. The Latin name for Earth - Terra, would also pass the condition of being in the same universe as Earth. Basically, even mentioning of Earth existing or having existed would be enough. Although Moon is a moon, it also qualifies as Other Planet.

Examples: Cowboy Bebop, Seikai no Monshou, Terra e... (2007)


Beam me up, Scotty! Space stations (think Death Star) also count. Basically, if the setting takes place onboard a spaceship in space, this category is applicable. If the spaceship lies on a planet and never actually gets into space, then you should not add this category.

Examples: Kidou Senshi Gundam, Mugen no Ryvius, Uchuu no Stellvia