Playing With / Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe

Basic Trope: In Japanese or Japan-influenced media, anything interesting happens only in Tokyo.
  • Straight: The Monster of the Week only ever attacks Tokyo.
  • Exaggerated: Tokyo is regularly gangbanged by aliens, demons, zombies, alien-demon-zombies, and so much else.
  • Downplayed:
    • Interesting stuff happen in other places, but the most interesting things out of all them happen in Tokyo.
    • Alternatively; most of the interesting stuff that goes on happens in Tokyo or more interesting stuff goes on in Tokyo, but certainly not all of it.
  • Justified: Tokyo is the monsters' target of choice.
  • Inverted: While the rest of the world is busy holding back Alien Invasion, people go on with their lives in Tokyo.
  • Subverted: The Alien Invasion fleet descends from orbit and is moving toward Tokyo, but they attack Kyoto instead.
  • Double Subverted: ...and after they're done with Kyoto, they continue moving toward Tokyo.
  • Parodied: Tokyo Cataclysm Management, a government body that schedules disasters of the week.
  • Zig Zagged: Aliens invade Tokyo. Alice and Bob knew in advance that earth was going to be invaded and where else than Tokyo. So they try to stop the invasion before they can even land. But it turns out that at the same time many other cities are being invaded as well, confusing Alice and Bob. In the end, the main invasion was planned for Tokyo. But thanks to Alice and Bob, Tokyo is the only city able to hold them off using Imported Alien Phlebotinum that the Japanese Government was hiding underneath it's city. New aliens show up and they tell the heroes who saved Tokyo that the Phlebotinum is literally a weirdness magnet for this alien race but it's too late for them to destroy it now. In the mean time, world leaders flee to Tokyo and declare it the new capital of the Free World as Tokyo is the only city not in Alien hands and under weekly attack. After a few weeks Alice and Bob discover London has managed to free itself from Alien control by using an even bigger weapon made out of Imported Alien Phlebotinum it was hiding and it is quickly decided that since London now has a better defense, it now is centre of the Free world. After saving Britain from the Aliens and non-Japanese cities being the only places where the main action takes place, the aliens finally manage to get hold of the London weapon which could destroy planet earth in one big swoop. Bob and Alice then discuss that they should go immediately go back to Tokyo even though they're told not and that the aliens would more likely attack recently freed Washington D.C.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Anime
  • Lampshaded:
    JSDF Private: "Ye gods! They again? Do they think Tokyo is the most important city in the world or something?"
  • Invoked:
    • The Japanese government hides Imported Alien Phlebotinum underneath Tokyo.
    • The Monster of the Week is seeking out human settlements, and Tokyo's metropolitan area does contain about a third of the entire population of Japan.
  • Exploited:
    • After hearing all the news about Alien Invasion in Tokyo, Soldado de Fortuna Bob moved to Tokyo in the hope of making some money.
    • After hearing all the fascinating news about Alien Invasion in Tokyo, a cult of alien-worshiping nuts sets up their HQ in Tokyo. They have a plan for mass ascension of humanity (or at least their members).
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "What are these aliens doing here? I thought excitement only ever took place in Tokyo."
  • Conversed: "Do the monsters on this show only ever want to attack Tokyo? It sure seems that way to me!"
  • Deconstructed: The Tokyo Fireball happened, the story is now about the people of Tokyo bitterly fighting for survival, depicted realistically.
  • Reconstructed: The survivors are powered by whatever Imported Alien Phlebotinum destroyed Tokyo. Adventure time!

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