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29th May '16 9:50:05 PM Wuz
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* 'Franchise/SailorMoon'':

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24th May '16 7:18:09 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The various ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series manage to avoid this trope, as they mostly take place in Okayama... with the exception of the aptly named ''TenchiInTokyo''.

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* The various ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series manage to avoid this trope, as they mostly take place in Okayama... with the exception of the aptly named ''TenchiInTokyo''.''Anime/TenchiInTokyo''.
12th May '16 4:28:23 AM Khathi
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Is there a magical gateway between worlds? It's in [[Anime/CodeGeass Tokyo]], sort of. Well, a few kilometres off the coast, anyway.

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Is there a magical gateway between worlds? It's in [[Anime/CodeGeass Tokyo]], sort of. Well, a few kilometres off the coast, anyway.
anyway. Or smack dab [[Literature/{{GATE}} in the middle of Chuo Dori]].



The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (much of it known only locally, apart from the few franchises that managed to break through internationally, such as ''[[{{Literature/Metro2033}} Metro 2033]]'' and its spin-offs, sequels and [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} adaptations]], ''[[{{Literature/NightWatch}} Night Watch]]'' etc.) in regard to Moscow, or Saint Petersburg, if it hasn't already taken the role of the Russian LovecraftCountry as it is wont to do. The decisive, climactic confrontation between the various factions of [[{{Literature/NightWatch}} the Others?]] It happens in Moscow. The location of FirstContact with a [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} new mutant subspecies of humanity?]] The Moscow Metro. The seat of the worldwide (Communist) government in the Strugatsky Brothers' NoonUniverse? Moscow, obviously.


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The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (much (even if much of it is known only locally, apart from the few franchises that managed to break through internationally, such as ''[[{{Literature/Metro2033}} Metro 2033]]'' and its spin-offs, sequels and [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} adaptations]], ''[[{{Literature/NightWatch}} Night Watch]]'' etc.) in regard to Moscow, or Saint Petersburg, if it hasn't already taken the role of the Russian LovecraftCountry as it is wont to do. The decisive, climactic confrontation between the various factions of [[{{Literature/NightWatch}} the Others?]] It happens in Moscow. The location of FirstContact with a [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} new mutant subspecies of humanity?]] The Moscow Metro. The seat of the worldwide (Communist) government in the Strugatsky Brothers' NoonUniverse? Moscow, obviously.

6th May '16 10:01:25 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the immensely powerful supernatural enemies of the Senshi almost never seem to attack anywhere but one tiny area in the Minato ward of Tokyo which the Senshi can all reach in a few minutes by running. Also, in the [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas idyllic future]] ruled over by the main character, guess where her seat of government is?

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* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', the 'Franchise/SailorMoon'':
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immensely powerful supernatural enemies of the Senshi almost never seem to attack anywhere but one tiny area in the Minato ward of Tokyo which the Senshi can all reach in a few minutes by running. Also, in the [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas idyllic future]] ruled over by the main character, guess where her seat of government is?



* The battle for the fate of the entire planet in ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' occurs in Tokyo.
** Not only that, but of the 14 people (seven on each side) destined to determine the fate of the world, 12 are Japanese, one is half-Japanese, and one is an artificial construct made from the brain of a Japanese girl.
** Creator/{{CLAMP}} apparently loves this. Just see how Tokyo Tower is treated... as the ultimate showdown arena in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
** ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. [[spoiler: Clow Kingdom, WhereItAllBegan]]? An alternate Tokyo, AfterTheEnd.

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* The battle for the fate of the entire planet in ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' occurs in Tokyo.
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Tokyo. Not only that, but of the 14 people (seven on each side) destined to determine the fate of the world, 12 are Japanese, one is half-Japanese, and one is an artificial construct made from the brain of a Japanese girl.
** * Creator/{{CLAMP}} apparently loves this. Just see how Tokyo Tower is treated... as the ultimate showdown arena in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
** * ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. [[spoiler: Clow Kingdom, WhereItAllBegan]]? An alternate Tokyo, AfterTheEnd.



* Justified in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' where the villainous organisation runs on a worldwide scale and the fact that their screw-ups '''only''' seem to happen in two close districts of Tokyo, ''specially'' the fictional Beika ward, only serves to make TheDragon suspicious.
** However, there are several non-Black Organization cases that take place ''outside'' of Tokyo. i.e, the ''Naniwa Serial Murder'' case takes place in the Naniwa ward of Osaka City (where Heiji Hattori is from), the whole seventh movie happens in Kyoto, the Spider Mansion case takes place in Tottori (where the author is from) and a case that has [[spoiler: Takagi as a kidnapping victim]] starts in Tokyo but finishes in [[spoiler: Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido]]. Some cases even happen ''outside'' of Japan itself, including New York and London.

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* Justified in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' where the villainous organisation runs on a worldwide scale and the fact that their screw-ups '''only''' seem to happen in two close districts of Tokyo, ''specially'' the fictional Beika ward, only serves to make TheDragon suspicious.
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suspicious. However, there are several non-Black Organization cases that take place ''outside'' of Tokyo. i.e, the ''Naniwa Serial Murder'' case takes place in the Naniwa ward of Osaka City (where Heiji Hattori is from), the whole seventh movie happens in Kyoto, the Spider Mansion case takes place in Tottori (where the author is from) and a case that has [[spoiler: Takagi as a kidnapping victim]] starts in Tokyo but finishes in [[spoiler: Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido]]. Some cases even happen ''outside'' of Japan itself, including New York and London.



* As the title implies, ''Anime/TokyoMagnitude8'' takes place in the Tokyo area. At the end of the first episode a magnitude 8 earthquake occurs.



* Despite a popular misconception, not all of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films were set in Tokyo, although it was by far the most important city to the series. A good example is ''Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth'', in which Nagoya is destroyed early on, with Yokohama (on the other side of Tokyo Bay) as the site of the final showdown between Godzilla, Mothra, and Battra. In the opening scenes of ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', Godzilla even leaves Japan completely and attacks Hong Kong instead. The American versions of Film/{{Godzilla|1998}} and Film/KingKong, as well as many others, take place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]], the American counterpart to Tokyo.
** That being said, in [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack GMKG:GMAOA]], a general asks "Couldn't he [Godzilla] pick on some other country?" Which causes everyone else to laugh.

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* Despite a popular misconception, not all of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films were set in Tokyo, although it was by far the most important city to the series. A good example is ''Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth'', in which Nagoya is destroyed early on, with Yokohama (on the other side of Tokyo Bay) as the site of the final showdown between Godzilla, Mothra, and Battra. In the opening scenes of ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', Godzilla even leaves Japan completely and attacks Hong Kong instead. The American versions of Film/{{Godzilla|1998}} and Film/KingKong, as well as many others, take place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]], the American counterpart to Tokyo.
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Tokyo. That being said, in [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack GMKG:GMAOA]], a general asks "Couldn't he [Godzilla] pick on some other country?" Which causes everyone else to laugh.
23rd Apr '16 9:48:21 PM Khathi
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This may or may not be due to the fact that Tokyo is [[strike:Japan's]] the world's most populous metropolitan and urban area (one-quarter of Japan's population lives in the area, enough that the area is technically governed more like a county than a city) and most manga publishing houses and movie production firms are located there. Setting a story elsewhere often ''requires'' that the location be specifically relevant rather than chance. Many authors are also more familiar with Tokyo than other cities.

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This may or may not be due to the fact that Tokyo is [[strike:Japan's]] the world's most populous metropolitan and urban area (one-quarter of Japan's population lives in the area, enough that the area is technically governed more like a county province rather than a city) and most manga publishing houses and movie production firms are located there. Setting a story elsewhere often ''requires'' that the location be specifically relevant rather than chance. Many authors are also more familiar with Tokyo than other cities.



The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (much of it known only locally, apart from the few franchises that managed to break through internationally, such as ''[[{{Literature/Metro2033}} Metro 2033]]'' and its spin-offs, sequels and [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} adaptations]], ''[[{{Literature/NightWatch}} Night Watch]]'' etc.) in regard to Moscow. The decisive, climactic confrontation between the various factions of [[{{Literature/NightWatch}} the Others?]] It happens in Moscow. The location of FirstContact with a [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} new mutant subspecies of humanity?]] The Moscow Metro. The seat of the worldwide (Communist) government in the Strugatsky Brothers' NoonUniverse? Moscow, obviously.


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The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (much of it known only locally, apart from the few franchises that managed to break through internationally, such as ''[[{{Literature/Metro2033}} Metro 2033]]'' and its spin-offs, sequels and [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} adaptations]], ''[[{{Literature/NightWatch}} Night Watch]]'' etc.) in regard to Moscow.Moscow, or Saint Petersburg, if it hasn't already taken the role of the Russian LovecraftCountry as it is wont to do. The decisive, climactic confrontation between the various factions of [[{{Literature/NightWatch}} the Others?]] It happens in Moscow. The location of FirstContact with a [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} new mutant subspecies of humanity?]] The Moscow Metro. The seat of the worldwide (Communist) government in the Strugatsky Brothers' NoonUniverse? Moscow, obviously.




* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' Tokyo has been completely destroyed in one of the lasts wars and the entire national administration has been moved to Fukuoka.

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* In ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' Tokyo has been completely destroyed in one of the lasts wars and the entire national administration has been moved to Fukuoka.Fukuoka or, in other incarnations, to Shinhama, an amalgamaion of Osaka and Kobe.[[note]]Creator/MasamuneShirow [[CreatorProvincialism is himself from Kobe]].[[/note]]


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* Similarly to the aversion of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the events of ''Anime/{{Kuromukuro}}'' happen in the [[Creator/PAWorks authors']] [[CreatorProvincialism home prefecture of Toyama]], mainly around the iconic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurobe_Dam Kurobe Dam]].
16th Apr '16 12:26:54 PM YoruFeisu
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Is there a magical or gateway between worlds? It's in [[Anime/CodeGeass Tokyo]], sort of. Well, a few kilometres off the coast, anyway.

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Is there a magical or gateway between worlds? It's in [[Anime/CodeGeass Tokyo]], sort of. Well, a few kilometres off the coast, anyway.
30th Mar '16 11:34:46 AM Tron80
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[[Anime/MazingerZ Is there a MadScientist born in Germany who wants to take the world with his army of giant mechas?]] His first -and favorite- target will be Tokyo.

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[[Anime/MazingerZ Is there a MadScientist Mad Scientist born in Germany who wants to take the world with his army of giant mechas?]] His first -and favorite- target will be Tokyo.



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22nd Feb '16 1:38:06 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''. The game takes place in a {{dystopia}}n version of East Asia... but the three game stages located in Japan are NOT in Tokyo, but in the [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji Mount Fuji]] area (Shizuoka Prefecture): Kanae's stage is supposed to feature the ruins of an old military base near Fuji (probably based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Fuji_Maneuver_Area East Fuji Maneuver Area]]), Akatsuki's is at the entry to the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara Aokigahara forest]], and Fritz's is the top of Mount Fuji itself.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf''. The game takes place in a {{dystopia}}n version of East Asia... but the three game stages located in Japan are NOT in Tokyo, but in the [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji Mount Fuji]] area (Shizuoka Prefecture): and Yamanashi Prefectures): Kanae's stage is supposed to feature the ruins of an old military base near Fuji (probably based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Fuji_Maneuver_Area East Fuji Maneuver Area]]), Akatsuki's is at the entry to the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara Aokigahara forest]], and Fritz's is the top of Mount Fuji itself.
18th Feb '16 10:34:08 PM SonicGamer07
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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' places the player on the other side of the coin. First thing's first, the protagonists, and by extension, the group they work for and everyone associated with them, are the ''invaders'', albeit (mostly) benevolent ones. Second, prior to a content update in 2016, the game, and every game that came before it, dealt with purely fictional settings. Then an in-universe TimeSkip happened, during which Earth was discovered. Guess where they land. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the major hotspot for [[spoiler:''[[MindScrew Phantasy Star Online 2]]'' [[CelebrityParadox players]], if [[Anime/PhantasyStarOnline2 the anime]] is to be believed.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' places the player on the other side of the coin. First thing's first, the protagonists, and by extension, the group they work for and everyone associated with them, are the ''invaders'', albeit (mostly) benevolent ones. Second, prior to a content update in 2016, the game, and every game that came before it, dealt with purely fictional settings. Then an in-universe TimeSkip happened, during which Earth was discovered. Guess where they land. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the major hotspot for [[spoiler:''[[MindScrew Phantasy somewhat justifies this. [[spoiler:''Phantasy Star Online 2]]'' [[CelebrityParadox players]], if [[Anime/PhantasyStarOnline2 2'', a super-hit action MMORPG, is all the anime]] is rage in Japan due to it being included in every copy of the country's state-of-the-art operating system, ESC-A. It's also secretly a InterdimensionalTravelDevice that allows Earthlings to interact with beings in another dimension; namely, the dimension that the PlayerCharacter exists in. So when the player travels to Earth through ''[=PSO2=]'', there aren't really any other places for him/her to end up. Although he/she could have shown up anywhere else, the end user of the computer that was hosting the game client just so happened to be believed.living in Tokyo.]]
18th Feb '16 2:40:13 PM dasuberkaiser
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* Generally played straight in sports anime featuring teams that aren't from Tokyo, since the preliminary matches take place in their cities/prefectures (Shizuoka City, in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''; Kamakura, in ''Manga/SlamDunk'', etc.), but as the National Tournaments begin the teams must travel to Tokyo so they can play against other teams from all around Japan.

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* Generally played straight in sports anime featuring teams that aren't from Tokyo, since the preliminary matches take place in their cities/prefectures (Shizuoka City, City in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''; Kamakura, Kamakura in ''Manga/SlamDunk'', etc.), but as the National Tournaments begin the teams must travel to Tokyo so they can play against other teams from all around Japan.
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