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When Anime And Photoshop Meet The Real World

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Screenshot: 2ch, MS Insanity

There’s something oddly haunting about putting anime characters in real-world environments.

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A few years back, a 4chan thread featured a slew of Photoshops showing anime characters added into real-world locations. The images ended up on numerous Japanese websites.

However, most of the photos were made by the MS Insanity collective on VK.com, which is akin to Facebook in Russia and Eastern Europe. The collective continues to upload new creations that contrast anime characters with real-world locations.

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Japanese largest bulletin board 2ch recently pointed out that there have also been some of these Photoshops set in Japan, a location that naturally lends itself to anime characters.

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Though, I think I agree with the 2ch commenter who wrote that MS Insanity Photoshops are better.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Tatsuya Egawa of Golden Boy fame used to do this kind of thing for Newtype magazine back in the 90's. I always thought they looked cool, and even did a similar project in my photoshop class in college back in the day.