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11th Feb '18 9:49:45 PM MagnusForce
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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. 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. series.
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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. Another would be ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'', where Godzilla and Anguirus fight each other in Osaka.
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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 He's also attacked New York City]], the American counterpart to Tokyo. That being said, in [[Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack GMKG:GMAOA]], ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''.
** Lampshaded in ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack'',
a general asks "Couldn't he [Godzilla] pick on some other country?" Which causes everyone else to laugh.laugh.
** The American versions of Film/{{Godzilla|1998}} takes place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]], the American counterpart to Tokyo, with San Francisco getting flattened in Legendary's [[Film/Godzilla2014 version]].



* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' does this a lot, though 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 (one of the first episodes of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' took place in the Middle East), and even in space. This trope has been lampshaded several times. For example, in one episode of ''Series/UltramanGaia'', in which the main character Gamu, after analyzing 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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* The Like most {{Toku}}, the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' does this a lot, though many episodes take place in other areas of Japan (most Japan, but most of which those places would be unfamiliar to non-Japanese viewers) with a few outside viewers.
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the country (one very beginning too. One of the first episodes of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' took place in the Middle East), East, while the MultiPartEpisode was primarily set in Osaka (featuring the Tsutenkaku Tower and even in space. This trope has been lampshaded several times. For example, in Osaka Castle prominently) and one episode of ''Series/UltramanGaia'', in which the main character last episodes took place on an alien planet (something that would pop up in later shows more).
** Lampshaded in ''Series/UltramanGaia'' when
Gamu, after analyzing the trajectory of an incoming alien invader, remarks that it's headed directly towards Tokyo. Captain Tsutsumi replies with an exasperated, "What? Again?"Again?" However, ''Gaia'' has also featured aversions, with episodes taking place in Germany, Canada, and the United States.
** Also lampshaded in ''Series/UltramanMebius'' by Adjutant Toriyama, who is constantly frustrated by the fact that monsters always attack Japan and wishes they would target other countries instead. [[spoiler:It turns out towards the end of the series that the BigBad placed a signal emitter off the coast of Japan to attract monsters and aliens there.]] Not to mention TheMovie was primarily set in Kobe (previously featured in a two-part episode of ''Series/UltraSeven'').
7th Feb '18 4:39:06 AM Piterpicher
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The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (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.

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The principle also holds true for Russian fiction (even if much of it is known only locally, apart from the few franchises that managed to break through internationally, such as ''[[{{Literature/Metro2033}} ''[[Literature/Metro2033 Metro 2033]]'' and its spin-offs, sequels and [[{{VideoGame/Metro2033}} [[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}} [[VideoGame/Metro2033 new mutant subspecies of humanity?]] The Moscow Metro. The seat of the worldwide (Communist) government in the Strugatsky Brothers' NoonUniverse? Franchise/NoonUniverse? Moscow, obviously.



26th Jan '18 5:44:14 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'':
** Generally averted: the action doesn't take place in Edo (the old Tokyo) or in Kyoto (the capital of the Shogunate) but in Nagasaki, located in the island of Kyushu. Justified, considering the time it takes place into, the very important role that the Dutch merchants have in the plot, and how the ''Ninja Assassin'' games '''already''' take place in Edo.
** There are some paths that play it completely straight, though: [[spoiler:Tsubaki]]'s, [[spoiler: Sakamoto]]'s and [[spoiler:Shintaro]]'s SpinOff. Again, it's very justified: in the first case [[spoiler: Tsubaki specifically aims to kill the Shogun]], in the second [[spoiler: Zeyo wants to personally speak to the Shogun ''and'' stop [[BigBadDuumvirate Tsubaki and Toru]]]] from killing him, and the SpinOff is centered on [[spoiler: Makoto sending Shintaro and Saori to Tokyo as a part of a plan for their WeddingDay.]]
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17th Jan '18 7:52:49 AM CombativeBoil
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** While most ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' games are set in fictional cities/towns, ''VideoGame/Persona5'' takes place right in the heart of Tokyo, [[spoiler:the true BigBad having chosen the city for the site of its "game"]].

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** While most ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' games are set in fictional cities/towns, cities/towns (that are nonetheless located in Japan), ''VideoGame/Persona5'' takes place right in the heart of Tokyo, [[spoiler:the true BigBad having chosen the city for the site of its "game"]].
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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* ''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).
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