Created By: Superior on August 2, 2010 Last Edited By: Superior on August 2, 2010
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The country of Japan, but portrayed as a world that works like what Anime taught us.

In western works, it might serve as a parody of the Anime fandom in general, in Japanese works, it might be a jab at Occidental Otaku who seem to actually believe in this, or lampshaded to emphasize that [[ this particular work is more realistic than that. This Is Real Life]]

The most common examples include:

Due to the Lowest Common Denominator, it might also include other japanese pop cultural references, that are not actually Anime-specific, such as Ninjas, Kaiju, or the Yakuza.

A part of the Hollywood Atlas, like Eagleland, Eskimo Land, Yodel Land, and the Land of Dragons.


Examples:

Anime&Manga

Film
  • In The Hangover, when a naked, angry asian man jumps out of the trunk of the car, Alan tries to calm him down by saying that he hates Godzilla too.

Live-Action TV

Video Games

Web Comics

Western Animation
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Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • July 15, 2010
    MFGreth
    Arcade Gamer Fubuki portrays Japan as Animeland. I would contest G Gundam does as well.
  • July 15, 2010
    rjung
  • July 15, 2010
    Chabal2
    Mob Ties as well.
  • July 15, 2010
    Doug S. Machina
    Red Alert 3: Don't forget the fetishy jet-pack dominatrix commandos, the guys in conical hats hiding underground and the Transforming Mecha that becomes a giant head.

    So, tell me if I'm wrong with the ingredients:

    And a load of other stuff, I'm sure. I'm all cliched out for now.
  • July 15, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • July 15, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Funny thing is, half of those things are real. Badass schoolgirl streetgangs in sailor fuku? They're real, they're called Sukeban, and they'll MESS YOU UP if you step to them. Biker-gangs with ridiculously overwrought rides and hair? Yep, they're real. Humongous Mecha? Check. Armored Battlesuits? Check.

    So yeah. We're about one irradiated gecko away from this reality. Some might argue that Anime isn't entertainment - they're warnings for tourists. :-p
  • July 16, 2010
    Koveras
    It would be nice if the launched article actually included a list of things found in the Anime Japan...
  • July 16, 2010
    arromdee
    I think there are two tropes here: 1) Assumptions about real-life Japan based on anime. (I disagree that this is usually about whether something exists. Mostly it amounts to people thinking things are just lots more common than they really are.) 2) Things that go into intentionally fictional stereotypes of Japan. Nobody really thinks Japan is full of giant robots or magical girls, so they are ineligible for type 1. But a humorous depiction of Japan may very well show a visitor being stomped on by a giant robot.
  • July 16, 2010
    randomsurfer
    ^#2, The Simpsons, "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo:" an annoucement from the pilot as they're flying home.
    Uh, folks, we're experiencing some moderate Godzilla-related turbulence at this time, so I'm going to go ahead and ask you to put your seatbelts back on. When we get to 35 thousand feet, he usually does let go, so from there on out, all we have to worry about is Mothra, and, uh, we do have reports he's tied up with Gamera and Rodan at the present time. Thank you very much.
  • July 17, 2010
    Superior
    I don't think that we need two different tropes for that, the latter is just an exaggerated parody version of the former. All the similar tropes include their parody versions, for example Stephen Colbert for Eagleland.
  • July 17, 2010
    amazinglyenough
    In The Hangover, when a naked, angry asian man jumps out of the trunk of the car, Alan tries to calm him down by saying that he hates Godzilla too.
  • July 17, 2010
    aurora369
    I've seen it a long time ago, when I was a kid, but wasn't the Bonkers episode in Japan this?
  • July 17, 2010
    Jordan
    The Teen Titans film Trouble in Tokyo is like this- it's definitely an Affectionate Parody though, since the series is Animesque.

    I don't know how to put this, but a certain amount of anime could count- take Durarara for instance. You have the street gangs and the school life, some of the otaku culture too, and because its Urban Fantasy, while there aren't kaiju, it's Tokyo Is The Center Of The Universe.
  • July 17, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    not sure if it is an example but in Lexx's last season a giant plant person invaded japaneseland
  • July 18, 2010
    Superior
    I guess Anime examples would work when it is subverted, or at least lampshaded.

    For example if the world is set up as a notably realistic one, but it still turns out to have anime elements. Or if it is already has these elements, but they still acknowledge that these should be anime tropes.

    I don't know if Durarara is a good example for either the former of the latter case.

    Lucky Star is the latter, Patricia and Konata both often comment things like "if this were an anime...".
  • July 24, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    I'd call this Japan Is An Anime Kitchen Sink, just to make it clear it's not just any anime trope laden place.
  • July 24, 2010
    DracMonster
    Or maybe Animepan
  • July 24, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    That's just awkward.
  • July 24, 2010
    DracMonster
    Wait, Japanime? Or Japanime Land to make it match Eagle Land and such
  • July 24, 2010
    Superior
    No, thanks, the current title will be fine.
  • July 24, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    The problem is that it seems like any land that is like anime, not that it's treating Japan as though all the pop culture there actually happens.
  • July 24, 2010
    KZN02
  • July 25, 2010
    SKJAM
    I'm pretty sure there's at least one manga series where a kid who's spent time in America returns to Japan, but since all she knows about the country is from anime, she spends her cash and hyperintelligence trying to make the real world more like the one she fell in love with.
  • July 26, 2010
    Prime32
    All cafes are maid cafes
  • July 26, 2010
    AceNoctali
    For reference regarding the title : Animeland is the name of the most famous French magazine for anime and manga news. Needs A Better Title maybe ?
  • July 26, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    The graph doesn't mention Magical Girls, Kaiju, or Humongous Mecha. Fail!
  • July 26, 2010
    AlirozTheConfused
    Kaiju and Humongous Mecha are not people. Magical Girls is covered under the biggest heading. Either that, or Magical Girls are not people.

    Also, your last sentence should be failure, not fail. Fail is the verb form, while failure is the noun form. Therefore something can't be an "epic fail" any more than something can be an "outrun". Please try to make fun of tropes more grammatically in the future, Dragon Quest Z.
  • July 26, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    "Kaiju and Humongous Mecha are not people."

    "What Japan consists of" doesn't exclude those.

    Besides, I was joking.
  • July 26, 2010
    AlirozTheConfused
    I was also joking. People have a tendency to dismiss everything that is not human. I was teasing you on the grammar of "fail", though what I said is true.
  • August 1, 2010
    Sackett
  • August 1, 2010
    AceNoctali
    Seconding Japanime Land for the title.
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