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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.
19th Jan '16 8:18:44 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 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 Star Online 2 players]]'', 2]]'' [[CelebrityParadox players]], if [[Anime/PhantasyStarOnline2 the anime]] is to be believed.]]
15th Jan '16 12:17:58 AM SonicGamer07
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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' introduces a new planet in Episode 4: '''''Earth'''''. And what's the first field on [=PSO2=]'s Earth? Why, Tokyo, of course!

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' introduces a new planet in Episode 4: '''''Earth'''''. And what's places the first field player on [=PSO2=]'s Earth? Why, Tokyo, the other side of course!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 players]]'', if [[Anime/PhantasyStarOnline2 the anime]] is to be believed.]]
12th Jan '16 8:22:14 AM Ohio9
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* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''

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* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' The aliens have the ability to teleport anywhere at any time, but they always go to Tokyo, almost always within walking distance of where the Mew Mews are. This is mainly because the power source they are looking for, Mew Aqua, just happens to all be in Tokyo.
29th Dec '15 11:42:33 PM superkeijikun
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* Three of the first four ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games are set in a SteamPunk 1920s Tokyo.

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* Three of the first four ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games are set in a SteamPunk 1920s Tokyo. Justified in that Tokyo has one of the biggest concentrations of spiritual energy in the world, making it a magnet for people and demons alike.
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