When Anime Meets Real-Life Locations

[Image: Bassist Tom]
[Image: Bassist Tom]
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Some anime isn’t called “slice of life” for no reason, you know.

Twitter user Bassist Tom uploaded this image of Sound! Euphonium art compared with its real-world staircase location. Cool, huh?

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This past August, Twitter user Kuro Buta Piggy also uploaded images that obsessively compared still images from the anime Free! with real locations in the town of Iwami. 

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[Images: Kuro Buta Piggy]
[Images: Kuro Buta Piggy]
[Images: Kuro Buta Piggy]
[Images: Kuro Buta Piggy]

You can see more on Kuro Buta Piggy’s Tweet (below).

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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

I have mixed feelings about this.

Anime that use real life locations usually have more detailed and beautiful backgrounds... but it’s so lazy.

I know first hand how hard it is to create original backgrounds, designing entire cities and buildings. So taking a photo and drawing on top of it (and in some cases even cheating with photoshop filters to skip hand drawing certain things like the sky and trees) is a big no no for me. I lose all respect I would have had for the beautiful result if it was truly hand drawn.