Scenery Porn: Anime and Manga

  • 5 Centimeters per Second, by Makoto Shinkai, provides the image on the main page and is one of anime's greatest purveyors of the trope, as breathtaking scenery is basically his hallmark.
  • 7 Seeds has the lower layer of Sado as the first, real and gorgeous scenery porn in the series. While previous locations could range from looking quite interesting and well-maintained, the fact that it could not be denied that it was actually the opposite took away from the majesticity of it.
  • The anime adaptation of Aoi Hana has a lot of it, exploiting Kamakura's eye-catching sceneries.
  • The first episode of Black Lagoon gave a nice glance at the scenery in the South China Sea. Black Lagoon in general goes pretty far with lavish scenery all the time. Just most of it is the craptown of Roanapur rather than the South China Sea, but it's still full of incredible detail.
  • Blame! is a unique version of this trope. It obviously lives and breathes Scenery Porn, but it is much less "pretty backgrounds" and more amazingly-detailed, gritty, futuristic architecture... and it works.
  • Le Chevalier d'Eon. The animators in this series like to use many types of cinematic shots and camera pans that are more associated with live-action than anime, and it results in many GORGEOUS shots of Paris and Versailles.
  • Now and Then, Here and There has some amazing sunsets and vistas.
  • Hal Film Maker seems to be really good at this with their Slice of Life work.
  • The Macross universe as a whole has this. Macross Zero, Macross DYRL, and Macross Frontier are standouts.
    • Macross Frontier did it wonderfully with the first several episodes showing off the beauty of the Frontier fleet. One episode is mostly Sheryl exploring the fleet in amazement at gorgeousness that rivals her own. But over the course of the series and their conflict with the Vajra, those shots steadily turn into Scenery Gorn. The last scene in the series, of their new home, is full of Scenery Porn though.
  • Productions from Kyoto Animation exhibit beautiful scenery that were often inspired by real world locations. Among them include:
    • AIR, where the beautifully rendered sea and blue sky with white clouds serve as symbols in both the game and the anime series. The town is also depicted with great detail.
    • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya pays a surprising amount of attention to its backgrounds, a small city and the local high school, despite the fact that these locations will initially seem mundane. The locations were inspired by Nishinomiya. Sharp-eyed viewers will also witness the five planes of motion illustrating such exciting activities as Kyon walking to school and the background in the Asakura vs. Yuki fight.
    • Kanon and CLANNAD were also inspired by real-world locations and are depicted beautifully.
    • "K-On!" takes a leaf from other Kyoto Animation works and features spectacular scenery, whether it be the sunsets and sunrises the girls see, or local parks and rivers.
  • Melody of Oblivion's watercolor-style backgrounds are very beautiful, although because of the rich symbolism, they often are important to the plot.
    • To be fair, a number of anime JCStaff worked on (things like Honey and Clover and Nodame Cantabile to name a few) have that great watercolor background going on. Sometimes, it goes to the detriment of actual animation quality, but the backgrounds are plain beautiful.
  • The scenery in From the New World is nothing short of beautiful. It's clear that A-1 Pictures puts a lot of time, money, and effort into the series, as every bit of detail for the village and its surroundings are well illustrated.
  • Kimini Todoke's anime adaptation is saturated with beautiful, pastel-colored backdrops.
  • Kamichu! has a lot of shots of Onomichi, the seaside town where the main characters live, emphasizing the hilly landscape and shoreline.
  • Blue Drop contains many beautifully animated sceneries, usually involving lots of seabirds or Hagino's spaceship standing in for a submarine.
  • Masashi Kishimoto of Naruto has become a master of this in recent years. From the panoramas of Konoha, to the other villages, to various battlefields.
  • Ken Akamatsu loves this trope.
    • See (don't worry, it's Work Safe) the title page from one of his early doujins. Yes, he even puts Scenery Porn into actual porn.
    • Mahou Sensei Negima! is infamous for its beautiful backgrounds which were made on a computer. Most of the tankoubon volumes actually have appendices showing off the models, and listing the real-world architectural influences they draw upon. Many people complain that they look out of place, what with the character models being simplistic to the point of Only Six Faces, although they certainly add a great deal to the atmosphere, especially once the Magic World arc gets started.
    • While it isn't as advanced or as noticed, Ken Akamatsu's previous series, Love Hina, had its backgrounds similarly developed.
  • Kara no Kyoukai may be a subversion, as it features incredible artwork and attention to detail, but in a very gloomy, run-down city setting. Not the second movie though, you get a very beautiful city for at least a good half.
  • Mouryou No Hako has lovely background animation with vibrant colours and gorgeous shots of flowers, trees, riverbanks, picturesque little villages and the like.
  • Origin: Spirits of the Past is completely this, to the point where the characters and plot only get in the way.
  • The works of Katsuhiro Otomo, such as AKIRA, whose formal education was in the field of architecture, is known for his painstakingly rendered urban landscapes. You will say holy shit. This is noticeable even in his earlier works, which take place in a city in the seventies and not in any magnificent Neo-Tokyo.
  • Pokémon:
    • Every single movie has at least one positively epic set piece in full Conspicuous CG. And they are gorgeous.
    • You're also likely to see that set piece get absolutely trashed at some point when the local Olympus Mons get pissed.
    • The movies also tend to open with gratuitous, sweeping shots of wild Pokémon. These are also typically gorgeous.
    • The entire three part mini arc with the resolution of Team Galactic, from Hunter J's ship getting sucked up with water to the Spear Pillar...whoa. Just whoa.
    • The regular series isn't too bad, either. The backgrounds have gotten a lot better: just compare the forests as seen in the Orange Islands arc to those in Black and White. The trees, riverbeds, and cliffsides are more meticulously painted, and so are some of the city areas.
    • The city of Alto Mare in Pokémon Heroes. Based on Venice, Italy and absolutely beautiful. Hell, you could say this for all the Pokémon movies. Every one of them opens up with a gratuitous, sweeping shot of the environment, and every one of them has some kind of ridiculously epic set piece that will probably get messed up pretty bad. It's become a joke among fans that the studios use research for movies as an excuse to go on a vacation.
  • Both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo (or really, any anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe) feature this in spades.
  • Eve No Jikan and it's precursor Aquatic Language both feature sumptuously lit, gorgeously filmed coffee houses (with interesting clientele).
  • ef: A Tale of Memories plays this trope to sometimes absurd levels, often abandoning realism totally for its backgrounds.
  • Seirei no Moribito has the lush Ghibli Hills of their "real world" and the strange, spectacular Spirit World, both shown in eventless, lingering shots and accompanied by the proper soundtrack. Moribito's Scenery Porn might as well be X-rated. It's that damn good!
  • A Little Snow Fairy Sugar does this to show off the tourist-bait preserved medieval German village where the series is set.
  • Angel Beats!! practically spits them out. The opening has several and the whole season has a background which really highlights the mood of the show.
  • In Mokke the characters are often placed in shots that offer a good view of the hilly surroundings around the main characters' village. Yes, the Japanese really love their hills.
  • Arguably a lot of Yotsuba&! is devoted to stunningly realistic and gorgeously detailed drawings of Yotsuba's ordinary Japanese suburb, including several beautiful shots of the surroundings.
  • Diamond Daydreams is rife with beautiful shots of Hokkaido, Japan's northern-most island—so much, that it sometimes feels as if show has been sponsored by the Hokkaido Tourism Organisation.
  • CLAMP have made some good manga examples of this, which may or may not carry over to the animated adaptations. Present more or less in all their works but mostly in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, where some of the background art is truly spectacular (Rekort, Outo and Piffle, anyone?).
  • Dragon Ball is also rife with breathtaking establishing shots (that more often than not get blown up in the course of fight scenes) — it helps that Toriyama has a small army's worth of assistants to draw in all the windows of a skyscraper.
  • Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is positively awash with it, both in the manga and in the anime. There is no chapter or episode without some beautiful landscape thrown in, and there are a lot of chapters consisting of NOTHING ELSE than Scenery Porn. It is also should be considered as epitome of the grass Porn.
  • In Amanchu!, Kozue Amano again showcases her ability to draw lovely backgrounds, which was already the trademark of her highly successful other work, ARIA.
  • Binchou-tan blends the moe-aesthetic with lots of lovely shots of the hill and the town at its foot. Whether this is a match made in heaven or hell is up to debate.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler has some pretty stunning scenes. Sakura petals, cityscapes, giant Ferris wheels... pretty much all of the background work (of the manga) is impressive.
  • YuYu Hakusho has a nice moment of this, when, during a tournament held on an island, one fighter flies (he's one of the few in the series who can) up high over the island to get a good look at the ocean and feel the sunshine and the breeze; understandable, he's from the Demon World.
  • You could say Scenery Porn is largely responsible for the snail's-pace at which chapters of Berserk are released.
  • Basquash! treats the viewers to some very pretty shots of a shabby cityscape.
  • Eiichiro Oda's detailed drawings of backgrounds and buildings in recent volumes of One Piece (especially the Thriller Bark arc) may qualify: although they don't distract from the story or the foreground, careful attention is still paid to them and they are one of the reasons for the more cinematic quality of the anime of late. Also, whenever the characters visit a new locale in the manga, a good page and a half is almost always dedicated to giving readers a good view the place.
  • Eden of the East does this, even with Washington DC where particular attention was paid to Dulles and the White House. The entire frikkin' show. Magnificent.
  • Osamu Tezuka, the grandfather/deity of manga and anime, loved to do this. Many of his serious works, like Buddha and Phoenix, devote a noticeably large number of pages to showing gorgeously drawn vistas and photorealistic architecture. His works often devote entire pages to such beautiful scenery for nothing more than an establishing shot. There is also a huge contrast between Tezuka's simplified and cartoony character designs and the detail put into the full-page landscape art; it creates an effect that makes the characters stand out by visually separating humans and animals from inanimate objects and greenery.
  • Eyeshield 21, Onepunch Man, and pretty much anything else drawn by Yusuke Murata is sheer artistic smut.
  • Adekan is this taken Up to Eleven. It's ridiculously rich in detail, beautifully drawn and makes the reader want to fall straight through the pages right into it... Then again... maybe not...
  • Cesare most definitely. Fuyumi Soryo seems to take any opportunity she can to provide highly detailed shots of streets, the Arno river, elaborate estates and other such things that make up late 15th century Renaissance era Pisa.
  • The anime-adaption of Sword Art Online. Everything literally screams how well-producted and high quality this show is. Just look at the title-image of the novel's main site. It doesn't matter if it's Aincrad, Alfheim or the real world, The Scenery Porn is very strong in this adaption.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYAs anime adaption has so, so much. Especially during episode 6, where Saber makes a beautiful waterfall by using Excalibur. If the video is on 1080p, it's possible to see the gravel' being thrown in the dust by attacks.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth likes to have the Power Trio stop and admire the beauty of Cephiro, a land maintained in harmony and lacking in natural disaster through the efforts of the Pillar. It's very lush and green, with an opening shot of a vast sparkling sea, a floating island, and a cool volcano. It makes the subsequent decay into Scenery Gorn more powerful.
  • Lupin III uses scenery porn to set the tone of the work, and showing the audience how well-off Lupin is doing at this time. He's varied from abandoned warehouses to ritzy hotels.
  • The Attack on Titan anime is absolutely full of it in almost every single scene.
  • Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi, being animated by Mad House, has some beautiful scenery, emphasizing the melancholy world that Ai and her friends travel.
  • Ghost Talkers Daydream: We could easily say the manga in its entirety, due to the painstaking attention to detail in each scene. But these two scenes from chapter 12 is where it really shows.
  • In Sailor Moon Crystal, the Creative Closing Credits feature a particularly scenic nighttime vista, panning over painterly cliffs with multiple waterfalls, a moonbow and a shooting star. A detailed skyscape is likewise featured as a reflection in water, with a gigantic full moon, sparkling stars, and even a few nebulae.
  • Sakasama no Patema could just as easily be renamed: "Scenery Porn: The Movie", as each scene is picturesque and often includes use of dramatic lighting and camera angles. The movie's soundtrack sets the tone for each shot, further enhancing the effect.
  • Aldnoah.Zero has some truly spectacular backgrounds.
  • Umi Monogatari has plenty of lovely shots of the seaside town in which the story takes place.
  • Monster Rancher was animated by TMS Entertainment in their prime and is very well-animated. If it's raining, for instance, the characters get a soft, fuzzy outline. Ditto with effects for fire and energy beams.
  • Sora No Woto's city of Seize is beautifully illustrated, and even the desolate No Man's Land is breathtaking in its own way.

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