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30th Dec '17 4:10:45 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', though a significant number of episodes take place in other areas of Japan with a few outside the country, and even in space! This trope is lampshaded in one episode of ''Series/UltramanGaia'', in which the main character Gamu, after analysing the trajectory of an incoming alien invader, remarks that it's headed directly towards Tokyo. Captain Tsutsumi replies with an exasperated, "What? Again?"

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* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' does this a lot, though a significant number of many episodes take place in other areas of Japan (most of which would be unfamiliar to non-Japanese viewers) with a few outside the country, country (one of the first episodes of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' took place in the Middle East), and even in space! space. This trope is has been lampshaded several times. For example, in one episode of ''Series/UltramanGaia'', in which the main character Gamu, after analysing analyzing the trajectory of an incoming alien invader, remarks that it's headed directly towards Tokyo. Captain Tsutsumi replies with an exasperated, "What? Again?"
17th Nov '17 8:29:24 PM Crino37
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This is also seen in many American media, particularly involving UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Entire books have been written on why fiction writers make Los Angeles a magnet for violence and natural disasters. A lot of shows (violent dramas and sitcoms alike) will be set in Los Angeles as an easy means of subverting CaliforniaDoubling. New York, meanwhile, is the other major center of the American television industry (dueling with Los Angeles for that role) and the undisputed center of the comic book industry; a frequent joke in comics is that New Yorkers (or residents of the city serving as an {{expy}} of New York) tend to be more used to superhero fighting than anyone else. UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} also show up in this role on occasion, though not to the same degree as those two cities. Likewise, in British media [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London Is The Centre Of The Universe]], and in Indian media it is Useful/{{Mumbai}}. Note that [[CanadaEh Canadians]] who refer to UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} as such, however, are being self-deprecatingly sarcastic (if they live in that area themselves) or just plain sarcastic (if they're from anywhere else in Canada).

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This is also seen in many American media, particularly involving UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and [[BigApplesauce New York]]. Entire books have been written on why fiction writers make Los Angeles a magnet for violence and natural disasters. A lot of shows (violent dramas and sitcoms alike) will be set in Los Angeles as an easy means of subverting CaliforniaDoubling. New York, meanwhile, is the other major center of the American television industry (dueling with Los Angeles for that role) and the undisputed center of the comic book industry; a frequent joke in comics is that New Yorkers (or residents of the city serving as an {{expy}} of New York) tend to be more used to superhero fighting than anyone else. UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco and UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} also show up in this role on occasion, though not to the same degree as those two cities. Likewise, in British media [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London Is The Centre Of The Universe]], in Brazilian media it is either Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and in Indian media it is Useful/{{Mumbai}}. Note that [[CanadaEh Canadians]] who refer to UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} as such, however, are being self-deprecatingly sarcastic (if they live in that area themselves) or just plain sarcastic (if they're from anywhere else in Canada).
14th Jul '17 3:33:58 PM azbyc15243
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* Averted in ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'', where most of the action takes place in Toy Dream 35 (formerly Natsumi City). Though everything happening here is justified: it's where main character Kyousuke lives, and [[BigBad the White Queen]] is utterly obsessed with him. As a result, she deliberately directs all of the villains' plans so that he'll get involved.
11th May '17 4:10:09 AM morenohijazo
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This trope is a type of CreatorProvincialism. Contrast AliensInCardiff.

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\nThis trope is a type of CreatorProvincialism. Contrast AliensInCardiff.AliensInCardiff.



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* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Since Barcelona is where López lives, that's where aliens will land, giant mechas will attack and dastardly supervillains will have their secret lair.
17th Apr '17 5:52:38 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Averted in the classic 1956 manga ''Manga/TheRowsOfCherryTrees'', since the story is explicitely said to be set in Osaka.
11th Apr '17 1:21:57 PM megarockman
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* ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' averts it by having ACROSS try to take over [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed F City, F Prefecture]] (basically Fukuoka with fewer phonetics).
10th Apr '17 4:29:54 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* Despite appearances, it is subverted in the Mazinger trilogy (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''). For start with, the Headquarters of the good guys are not in Tokyo (two of them are nearby Mount Fuji, and the third one is on the shore). Therefore, the enemy feels not compelled to exclusively target and attack Tokyo. A lot of Japanese cities are destroyed, ships are sunk in ocean, and often Mazinger Z needed fighting in open sea (and in one chapter of one of the manga alternate continuities, it got deployed in another country). In the Mazinger Z versus Great General of Darkness movie, the Mykene struck New York, London and Moscow before striking Tokyo. The subversion gets enforced in the third series, since [[AlienInvasion the Vegan army]] attacked many countries, not only Japan.

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* Despite appearances, it is subverted in the Mazinger trilogy (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''). ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''):
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For start with, the Headquarters of the good guys are not in Tokyo (two of them are nearby [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji Mount Fuji, Fuji]] [in between the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi], and the third one is on the shore).shore [probably in Shizuoka again, since its capital is a port city]). Therefore, the enemy feels not compelled to exclusively target and attack Tokyo. A lot of Japanese cities are destroyed, ships are sunk in ocean, and often Mazinger Z needed fighting in open sea (and in one chapter of one of the manga alternate continuities, it got deployed in another country).
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In the Mazinger ''Mazinger Z versus Great General of Darkness movie, movie'', the Mykene struck New York, London and Moscow before ''before'' striking Tokyo. Its ''Mazinkaiser'' version adds Egypt.
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The subversion gets enforced in the third series, ''Grendizer'' since [[AlienInvasion the Vegan army]] attacked many countries, not only Japan.
22nd Mar '17 2:39:00 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* Despite appearances, it is subverted in the Mazinger trilogy (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''). For start with, the Headquarters of the good guys are not in Tokyo (two of them are nearby Mount Fuji, and the third one is on the shore). Therefore, the enemy feels not compelled to exclusively target and attack Tokyo. A lot of Japanese cities are destroyed, ships are sunk in ocean, and often Mazinger-Z needed fighting in open sea (and in one chapter of one of the manga alternate continuities, it got deploed in another country). In the Mazinger Z versus Great General of Darkness movie, the Mykene struck New York, Londres and Moscow before striking Tokyo. The subversion gets enforced in the third series, since [[AlienInvasion the Vegan army]] attacked many countries, not only Japan.

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* Despite appearances, it is subverted in the Mazinger trilogy (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''). For start with, the Headquarters of the good guys are not in Tokyo (two of them are nearby Mount Fuji, and the third one is on the shore). Therefore, the enemy feels not compelled to exclusively target and attack Tokyo. A lot of Japanese cities are destroyed, ships are sunk in ocean, and often Mazinger-Z Mazinger Z needed fighting in open sea (and in one chapter of one of the manga alternate continuities, it got deploed deployed in another country). In the Mazinger Z versus Great General of Darkness movie, the Mykene struck New York, Londres London and Moscow before striking Tokyo. The subversion gets enforced in the third series, since [[AlienInvasion the Vegan army]] attacked many countries, not only Japan.
16th Mar '17 4:04:31 AM MacedonianKing
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** It's actually a JustifiedTrope in this one. Celtics clarifies that she can sense her head is in Ikebukuro, just not WHERE in Ikebukuro it is.
19th Feb '17 7:32:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', obviously. The first large-scale Ghoul organization, an Invincible [[TheHunter Ghoul Investigator]], a MadScientist, and the only known cases of a HalfHumanHybrid in existence all just happen to live in Tokyo. Vague mentions are given to events in China and Germany, but there is little information about the situations outside of Tokyo.

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', obviously. The first large-scale Ghoul organization, an Invincible [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigator]], a MadScientist, and the only known cases of a HalfHumanHybrid in existence all just happen to live in Tokyo. Vague mentions are given to events in China and Germany, but there is little information about the situations outside of Tokyo.
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