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* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' takes place in a world full of fantastic creatures and character designs on the cuter side of ''Shounen''. It's also a world where people can be thrown away, collecting human body parts is considered only a slightly esoteric hobby for the super-wealthy, ''ecosystems'' are built around humans as a primary food source, a family of assassins with a small army of {{Battle Butler}}s is able to live so openly their front gate is a tourist attraction by sheer dint of the fact no-one is powerful enough to dislodge them, and the two biggest apparent world powers are the eponymous organisation of super-powered Badasses with more perks and privileges than God (and the ONLY effective requirements to join said organisation are badassery and intelligence), and the Mafia [[spoiler: at least, before the Mafia's leadership was taken out by that family of assassins and a roving band of {{Ubermensch}} bandits from that landfill-city where anything and anyone can be thrown away]]. Oh, and [[spoiler: The known world map? Has been revealed to be only a small portion of a much larger world, the rest of which is so much ''more'' mindbogglingly dangerous than what has been shown so far that humanity's governments formed a treaty forbidding anyone from even ''going'' out there, because of how horrifically every previous attempt at an expedition there failed.]]


* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' opens with a TastesLikeDiabetes SugarBowl for the MagicalLand Punie comes from. It's later revealed to be a brutal despotism run by an EvilOverlord who rose to power through a smear campaign against the old monarchy and is more than willing to commit mass slaughter to keep the people in line. By comparison, Earth itself is a more traditional CrapsackWorld.


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* ''Anime/MagicalWitchPuniechan'' opens with a TastesLikeDiabetes SugarBowl for the MagicalLand Punie comes from. It's later revealed to be a brutal despotism run by an EvilOverlord who rose to power through a smear campaign against the old monarchy and is more than willing to commit mass slaughter to keep the people in line. By comparison, Earth itself is a more traditional CrapsackWorld.


* ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' takes place in one of these. The capital city of Teito is a prospering metropolis TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, benefiting greatly from the heavy investments of [[MegaCorp MBI]] and generally a fantastic place to live. Some lucky residents even get to meet one of the OneHundredAndEight {{Magical Girlfriend}}s just waiting to form an everlasting bond with them. Expect tons of {{Fanservice}} and harem comedy. The downside is that ThereCanBeOnlyOne and participation is ''not'' optional, with anyone that attempts to escape being hunted down by the [[PsychoForHire Discipline Squad]]. Over time, the [[LawEnforcementInc private military]] owned by MBI takes over the capital and enforces increasing levels of martial law to force the Sekirei to kill one another. Oh, and that amazing MagicalGirlfriend? She's a RedShirt and you're BlessedWithSuck. Minato, the hero of the series, is determined to ScrewDestiny because the idea that only ''one'' person gets a happy ending is unacceptable to him.

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* ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' takes place in one of these. The capital city of Teito is a prospering metropolis TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, benefiting greatly from the heavy investments of [[MegaCorp MBI]] and generally a fantastic place to live. Some lucky residents even get to meet one of the OneHundredAndEight 108 {{Magical Girlfriend}}s just waiting to form an everlasting bond with them. Expect tons of {{Fanservice}} and harem comedy. The downside is that ThereCanBeOnlyOne and participation is ''not'' optional, with anyone that attempts to escape being hunted down by the [[PsychoForHire Discipline Squad]]. Over time, the [[LawEnforcementInc private military]] owned by MBI takes over the capital and enforces increasing levels of martial law to force the Sekirei to kill one another. Oh, and that amazing MagicalGirlfriend? She's a RedShirt and you're BlessedWithSuck. Minato, the hero of the series, is determined to ScrewDestiny because the idea that only ''one'' person gets a happy ending is unacceptable to him.


* Zalem turns out to be this in ''Manga/BattleAngelAlita''. You can ask for assisted suicide (the grisly "End Joy," which turns out to be full of blood) and all inhabitants [[spoiler:HAVE A FREAKIN' CHIP FOR BRAINS]]. Also, if you learn about the previous spoiler, [[spoiler:a "special team" is going to take care of you immediately. Everybody who doesn't fit or threatens order in any way is eliminated, frequently via being dumped down the floating city's giant garbage chute]]. In the sequel we learn that the Solar System at large is probably a worst UsefulNotes/ColdWar parody imaginable, the children are outlawed and exterminated (or simply ''[[ImAHumanitarian eaten]]'' by the OrganicTechnology-obsessed Venusians), Earth Sphere, despite its idyllic appearance, is run by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a fascistic dictatorship]] that imposes involuntary MindControl, real Neo-Nazis run rampant on Mars, Jovians, the ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain most sympathetic]]'' major faction, is a [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] parody that'd give Creator/RobertAHeinlein nightmares, and the most popular entertainment is to watch a bloody tournament where cyborg martial artists kill each other messily for sport (and, maybe, some political rights). All of this is ''[[AWorldHalfFull a massive improvement]]''.



* Zalem turns out to be this in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''. You can ask for assisted suicide (the grisly "End Joy," which turns out to be full of blood) and all inhabitants [[spoiler:HAVE A FREAKIN' CHIP FOR BRAINS]]. Also, if you learn about the previous spoiler, [[spoiler:a "special team" is going to take care of you immediately. Everybody who doesn't fit or threatens order in any way is eliminated, frequently via being dumped down the floating city's giant garbage chute]]. In the sequel we learn that the Solar System at large is probably a worst UsefulNotes/ColdWar parody imaginable, the children are outlawed and exterminated (or simply ''[[ImAHumanitarian eaten]]'' by the OrganicTechnology-obsessed Venusians), Earth Sphere, despite its idyllic appearance, is run by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a fascistic dictatorship]] that imposes involuntary MindControl, real Neo-Nazis run rampant on Mars, Jovians, the ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain most sympathetic]]'' major faction, is a [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] parody that'd give Creator/RobertAHeinlein nightmares, and the most popular entertainment is to watch a bloody tournament where cyborg martial artists kill each other messily for sport (and, maybe, some political rights). All of this is ''[[AWorldHalfFull a massive improvement]]''.

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* The story of ''Manga/BlackClover'' is set in a fantasy medieval world where almost the entirety of the population has magic of many different attributes. However, there's widespread discrimination in the Clover Kingdom, with peasants and commoners at the mercy of arrogant, corrupt aristocrats. Those with lower amounts of magic power are looked down on. Peasants and commoners have little means to raise their social statuses. The Magic Knights have rampant corruption with many of its highborn members oppressing the commonfolk. The kingdom itself is the target of the Eye of the Midnight Sun, who want to kill all humans, and the Spade Kingdom, ruled by tyrants who mistreat their peasant subjects and plan to bring devils to the living world, which would kill over 90% of the continent's population as a result.


* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has "Academy City" (officially known as Academy City of Science and Technology) advertised to the whole world as a technologically advanced city filled with students from kindergarten to university level that learn side-by-side along with the scientists, wanting to become espers. What they don't advertise about the city, however, is that more than half of Academy City's students are Level 0 espers who don't have 'useful' ability (including the main character Touma himself), and discrimination against low level Espers is also not uncommon. There also exist the Dark Side of Academy City, which refers to the criminal underworld of Academy City that dealt with criminal enterprises, such as human experimentation, espionage, and assassinations.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has "Academy City" (officially known as Academy City of Science and Technology) advertised to the whole world as a technologically advanced city filled with students from kindergarten to university level that learn side-by-side along with the scientists, wanting to become espers. What they don't advertise about the city, however, is that more than about half of Academy City's students are Level 0 espers who don't have 'useful' ability (including the main character Touma himself), Touma Kamijou), and discrimination against low level Espers is also not uncommon. There also exist the Dark Side of Academy City, which refers to the criminal underworld of Academy City that dealt with criminal enterprises, such as human experimentation, espionage, and assassinations.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has "Academy City" (officially known as Academy City of Science and Technology) advertised to the whole world as a technologically advanced city filled with students from kindergarten to university level that learn side-by-side along with the scientists, wanting to become espers. What they don't advertise about the city, however, is that more than half of Academy City's students are Level 0 espers who don't have 'useful' ability (including the main character Touma himself), and discrimination against low level Espers is also not uncommon. There also exist the Dark Side of Academy City, which refers to the criminal underworld of Academy City that dealt with criminal enterprises, such as human experimentation, espionage, and assassinations.

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', it turns out that [[spoiler:the world beyond the Walls]] is basically a nightmare. People are being separated by class, with the lower-class having to wear identifying badges, and forced loyalty to the government gets enforced by severe protocol. And not even [[WouldHurtAChild children]] are safe from being killed if they break the rules.


* The Ryugu Shelter in ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' is a gorgeous, beautiful underground amusement park that includes comfortable bedrooms, all sorts of entertainment ranging from sports to music to arts and crafts, and you even have some celebrities and entertainers to enjoy! [[MoodWhiplash It's also a shelter for the people to live in when a meteorite brings about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And ''then'' things got worse.



* The Ryugu Shelter in ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' is a gorgeous, beautiful underground amusement park that includes comfortable bedrooms, all sorts of entertainment ranging from sports to music to arts and crafts, and you even have some celebrities and entertainers to enjoy! [[MoodWhiplash It's also a shelter for the people to live in when a meteorite brings about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And ''then'' things got worse.


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* The setting of ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is a futuristic society with many seemingly wonderful advances in technology, but the Neurolinkers essentially enable ParentalNeglect, and even an advanced network of security cameras doesn't keep the world entirely safe. Brain Burst is also like this, as it's a ruthless struggle for survival, where people desperately cling to their points and often do very unethical things to earn them.



* ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 00}}'' lampshades this early on, after the TimeSkip. The world now run by the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]] seems to be better off than in Season 1, and it is commented on multiple times that lots of people genuinely believe this. However, [[LaResistance Celestial Being, Katharon, and anybody else capable looking beyond the surface]] know the truth: The world looks that way because the obscenely brutal StateSec are doing their best to make sure that's what the majority of the public believes, partially to squelch any potential insurrection as a reaction against Celestial Being in Season 1.

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* ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 00}}'' lampshades this early on, after In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the TimeSkip. The world now run by capital of Edolas is a shiny amusement park of a city kept prosperous with stolen magic, while the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]] seems to be better off than in Season 1, and it is commented on multiple times that lots of people genuinely believe this. However, [[LaResistance Celestial Being, Katharon, and anybody else capable looking beyond the surface]] know the truth: The world looks that way because the obscenely brutal StateSec are doing their best to make sure that's what the majority rest of the public believes, partially to squelch any potential insurrection as a reaction against Celestial Being in Season 1.world is literally falling apart.



* Zalem turns out to be this in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''. You can ask for assisted suicide (the grisly "End Joy," which turns out to be full of blood) and all inhabitants [[spoiler:HAVE A FREAKIN' CHIP FOR BRAINS]]. Also, if you learn about the previous spoiler, [[spoiler:a "special team" is going to take care of you immediately. Everybody who doesn't fit or threatens order in any way is eliminated, frequently via being dumped down the floating city's giant garbage chute]]. In the sequel we learn that the Solar System at large is probably a worst UsefulNotes/ColdWar parody imaginable, the children are outlawed and exterminated (or simply ''[[ImAHumanitarian eaten]]'' by the OrganicTechnology-obsessed Venusians), Earth Sphere, despite its idyllic appearance, is run by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a fascistic dictatorship]] that imposes involuntary MindControl, real Neo-Nazis run rampant on Mars, Jovians, the ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain most sympathetic]]'' major faction, is a [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] parody that'd give Creator/RobertAHeinlein nightmares, and the most popular entertainment is to watch a bloody tournament where cyborg martial artists kill each other messily for sport (and, maybe, some political rights). All of this is ''[[AWorldHalfFull a massive improvement]]''.
* UsefulNotes/HongKong as depicted in ''Manga/HaouAiren''. A bright, shining city full of prosperity and fun things to do... while [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs gangsters]] train children [[spoiler: like the BastardBoyfriend male lead]] as assassins in a shadow war filled with rape, murder, and suicide.



* Hisae Iwaoka's manga ''[[Manga/HoshigaharaAoManjuuNoMori Hoshigahara Ao Manjuu no mori]]'' takes place in an old and [[BlatantLies peaceful]] forest. Hosting many cute and adorable beings such has living rocks and lilies ''that wouldn't mind swallowing you whole is you ever turn your back on them''.



* The Ryugu Shelter in ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' is a gorgeous, beautiful underground amusement park that includes comfortable bedrooms, all sorts of entertainment ranging from sports to music to arts and crafts, and you even have some celebrities and entertainers to enjoy! [[MoodWhiplash It's also a shelter for the people to live in when a meteorite brings about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And ''then'' things got worse.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' seems like an idealistic world, but once you start digging deeper, you realize things aren't all that great. The world has over 80% of the population armed with some sort of oddball superpower or mutation and heroes like All Might are looked up to as paragons of justice. As well, many of those who have "Quirks" can go to specialized schools to train to be heroes. Things fall apart beyond that; the remaining 20% are "Quirkless" - normal humans - and are looked down upon by those with Quirks and are even denied the chance to be heroes themselves legally because they just wouldn't be able to "keep up". Even if you have powers, there's a chance that the powers you have just wouldn't work in a "heroic" setting and are equally looked down on for having "bad" powers. Not helping matters is the fact that many blatantly favor flashy Quirks then simpler Quirks. Even more so, many active heroes aren't there to make the world a better place, but instead are in it for the wealth and fame, ignoring social woes. It's no wonder those like Hero Killer Stain and [[spoiler:Shiguraki]] wanted to destroy the current world order.

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* ''Manga/KotouraSan''... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope Good grief]]''. The Ryugu Shelter in ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' is a gorgeous, beautiful underground amusement park that includes comfortable bedrooms, all sorts of entertainment ranging from sports to music to arts and crafts, and you even have some celebrities and entertainers to enjoy! [[MoodWhiplash It's also a shelter for the people are literally living in lies and [[IgnoranceIsBliss ignorant bliss]]. Practically everyone has NoSympathy, and Haruka is among the rare few who realizes what's wrong with this society thanks to live in her {{Telepathy}} and [[InnocentlyInsensitive innocently exposing everyone's true feelings]] [[CassandraTruth to their denial, disbelief]], and [[MindOverManners chargin]] even though [[PowerIncontinence she can't help it]]. [[FromBadToWorse Worse]], her once "ChildhoodFriends" [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer then outcast]] "[[YouMonster the monster]]" (Haruka) so disgracefully, [[TraumaButton the insult haunts her for much of her life afterwards]].
** How crapsack is the setting? Well,
when [[LivingLieDetector the main character starts exposing everybody's lies]], not only do [[BreakTheCutie they give her hell for this]], they outright resort to [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blaming the victim]] and accusing ''her'' of being the liar even though everybody involved knows that isn't true; and not a meteorite brings about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And ''then'' things got worse.
single person questions this, not even her parents. This is primarily due to these {{Yes M|an}}en [[BecomingTheMask confiding in]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatemae their facades]] [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason as a ploy to fit in]]. Even with ValuesDissonance in mind, this is still [[DisproportionateRetribution an inexcusably low blow]] against the HonestAdvisor who was simply [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot being curious]].
* ''Anime/{{Mobile Suit Gundam 00}}'' lampshades this early on, after the TimeSkip. The world now run by the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]] seems to be better off than in Season 1, and it is commented on multiple times that lots of people genuinely believe this. However, [[LaResistance Celestial Being, Katharon, and anybody else capable looking beyond the surface]] know the truth: The world looks that way because the obscenely brutal StateSec are doing their best to make sure that's what the majority of the public believes, partially to squelch any potential insurrection as a reaction against Celestial Being in Season 1.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' seems like an idealistic world, but once you start digging deeper, you realize things aren't all that great. The world has over 80% of the population armed with some sort of oddball superpower or mutation and heroes like All Might are looked up to as paragons of justice. As well, many of those who have "Quirks" can go to specialized schools to train to be heroes. Things fall apart beyond that; the remaining 20% are "Quirkless" - -- normal humans - -- and are looked down upon by those with Quirks and are even denied the chance to be heroes themselves legally because they just wouldn't be able to "keep up". Even if you have powers, there's a chance that the powers you have just wouldn't work in a "heroic" setting and are equally looked down on for having "bad" powers. Not helping matters is the fact that many blatantly favor flashy Quirks then simpler Quirks. Even more so, many active heroes aren't there to make the world a better place, but instead are in it for the wealth and fame, ignoring social woes. It's no wonder those like Hero Killer Stain and [[spoiler:Shiguraki]] wanted to destroy the current world order.



* In-universe example in ''Manga/NewGame'', with the world of ''Peco'', [[FictionalVideoGame Eagle Jump's latest project]], is a soft and fluffy world that follows a cute female protagonist who kills other characters, skins them, and then wears the skin as a disguise to easily kill others. Saved from being gory because everyone else in ''Peco'' is a living stuffed animal.
* In ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'': The world is peaceful because crime and war etc. are forbidden by {{God}}, and all bets are enforced by MagicallyBindingContract, and so such agreements must be honored. However, this means that skilled cheaters are the most dangerous people in the world, capable of dooming even countries in a single game. Also, the sentient species are ranked by magical ability, which means humans are at the bottom of the barrel and dying out as a result. Of course, Volume 6[=/=]the movie indicates that this is actually something of an ''improvement'' over [[CrapsackWorld the old world]].



* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'' takes place in an amazing fantasy world with magic, dragons, lizard people, and elves. But most people are illiterate, masters regularly abuse their servants, and non-humans are 2nd class citizens.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' takes place in a ShiningCity where {{Magical Girl}}s battle in secret against MonstersOfTheWeek, granted wishes by their cute sidekicks. [[spoiler:The city's on the brink of destruction, the girls are [[SociopathicHero opportunistic]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]], the MonstersOfTheWeek are {{Fallen Hero}}es who forcibly underwent a [[TheCorruption monstrous transformation]], the wishes never turn out well, even when not twisted, and the cute sidekicks are deceptive StarfishAliens who treat both normal humans and their charges as little more than cattle.]]
** TheMovie plays with this. It seems to take place in an idealized MagicalGirl paradise, but it's actually [[spoiler:Homura's witch labyrinth]]. And yet, as Sayaka points out, it really ''is'' a perfect world, even if it's [[spoiler:an illusion]], since one isn't secretly doomed to horrific fates or anything like that. The ending has Homura [[spoiler:take control of the real universe so she can make it exactly like the labyrinth. But this time, it's considered evil, mostly because it was a conscious decision (the first time around, Kyubey tricked her into doing it). Whether this outcome is Crapsaccharine or just Saccharine is seemingly left up to the audience.]]
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' on the surface, seems like a typical, cutesy and sweet slice-of-life manga/anime about four girls in the "[[TitleDrop School Live]]" club, who inexplicably ''live'' in the school. Then at the very end of the first chapter/episode, we learn that [[spoiler: things only appear so sweet because we were seeing things through Yuki's eyes, who had [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a breakdown before the series started and has became delusional.]] In reality, the series is about the girls being holed up in school because of a ''[[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]]'', while playing along with Yuki's delusions for her sake.]]



* The Ryugu Shelter in ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' is a gorgeous, beautiful underground amusement park that includes comfortable bedrooms, all sorts of entertainment ranging from sports to music to arts and crafts, and you even have some celebrities and entertainers to enjoy! [[MoodWhiplash It's also a shelter for the people to live in when a meteorite brings about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. And ''then'' things got worse.



* The kingdoms of Clarines and Tanbarun from ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' at first glance seem to be very nice and idyllic places to live. Then you remember that the story started when a noble arbitrarily decided to force a commoner to become his concubine and her reaction implied something like this was anything but uncommon. Several lines also imply that slavery is not only practiced but abundant. Then there is the fact that in Tanbarun commoners are banding together in a paramilitary force of outlaws called The Loins of the Mountain to protect themselves from criminals because they don't trust the government.



* UsefulNotes/HongKong as depicted in ''Manga/HaouAiren''. A bright, shining city full of prosperity and fun things to do... while [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs gangsters]] train children [[spoiler: like the BastardBoyfriend male lead]] as assassins in a shadow war filled with rape, murder, and suicide.

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* UsefulNotes/HongKong as depicted in ''Manga/HaouAiren''. A bright, shining city full of prosperity In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', the world looks relatively pleasant and fun things to do... while [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs gangsters]] train children [[spoiler: like bright on the BastardBoyfriend male lead]] outlook, but at the same time there are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive very shady executives]] and [[MadScientist scientists]] who are more than willing to use extremely shady methods to achieve their goals, as assassins well as {{serial killer}}s who use the [=VRMMO=]s to target and kill people in real life, and that's before factoring in the SAO Incident, which led more than 10,000 people being trapped in the game for years.
** The Underworld. It's
a shadow war filled with rape, virtual reality simulator in which the [[ArtificialIntelligence Fluctlights]] living there are literally incapable of breaking the law, known as the Taboo Index, so not only is there no murder, but people don't even litter, but people ''can'' [[LoopholeAbuse abuse loopholes in the rules to cause harm to others]] should they so desire. The civilized lands are ruled by a sociopathic tyrant, and suicide.the armies of darkness lie in wait outside of civilization's borders, preparing to strike.
* ''LightNovel/ThermalOperator'' has as a backdrop a boy who just learned he has super-powers getting officially screened, ranked, and being sent to school to learn to use them, and the world appears at peace, except, not so much. The world has endured WWIII thanks to these powers some ten odd years ago, the only reason this stopped was because the nine most powerful of these [Talent] users signed a pact that split up the world into 9 equal pieces called [Site], leaving the nations in their territories intact only as a courtesy for form over substance. Children as young as first year of high-school, ''and younger'' are constantly under threat of being drafted into the military, if not simply grabbed right off the street to be sold to shady individuals for anything but wholesome reasons. Even the protagonist ''was flat out lied to'' about the nature of his [Talent] to try and keep him BeneathNotice, ''and that failed!''



* Zalem turns out to be this in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''. You can ask for assisted suicide (the grisly "End Joy," which turns out to be full of blood) and all inhabitants [[spoiler:HAVE A FREAKIN' CHIP FOR BRAINS]]. Also, if you learn about the previous spoiler, [[spoiler:a "special team" is going to take care of you immediately. Everybody who doesn't fit or threatens order in any way is eliminated, frequently via being dumped down the floating city's giant garbage chute]]. In the sequel we learn that the Solar System at large is probably a worst UsefulNotes/ColdWar parody imaginable, the children are outlawed and exterminated (or simply ''[[ImAHumanitarian eaten]]'' by the OrganicTechnology-obsessed Venusians), Earth Sphere, despite its idyllic appearance, is run by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a fascistic dictatorship]] that imposes involuntary MindControl, real Neo-Nazis run rampant on Mars, Jovians, the ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain most sympathetic]]'' major faction, is a [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] parody that'd give Creator/RobertAHeinlein nightmares, and the most popular entertainment is to watch a bloody tournament where cyborg martial artists kill each other messily for sport (and, maybe, some political rights). All of this is ''[[AWorldHalfFull a massive improvement]]''.
* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'' takes place in an amazing fantasy world with magic, dragons, lizard people, and elves. But most people are illiterate, masters regularly abuse their servants, and non-humans are 2nd class citizens.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' takes place in a ShiningCity where {{Magical Girl}}s battle in secret against MonstersOfTheWeek, granted wishes by their cute sidekicks. [[spoiler:The city's on the brink of destruction, the girls are [[SociopathicHero opportunistic]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]], the MonstersOfTheWeek are {{Fallen Hero}}es who forcibly underwent a [[TheCorruption monstrous transformation]], the wishes never turn out well, even when not twisted, and the cute sidekicks are deceptive StarfishAliens who treat both normal humans and their charges as little more than cattle.]]
** TheMovie plays with this. It seems to take place in an idealized MagicalGirl paradise, but it's actually [[spoiler:Homura's witch labyrinth]]. And yet, as Sayaka points out, it really ''is'' a perfect world, even if it's [[spoiler:an illusion]], since one isn't secretly doomed to horrific fates or anything like that. The ending has Homura [[spoiler:take control of the real universe so she can make it exactly like the labyrinth. But this time, it's considered evil, mostly because it was a conscious decision (the first time around, Kyubey tricked her into doing it). Whether this outcome is Crapsaccharine or just Saccharine is seemingly left up to the audience.]]
* ''Manga/KotouraSan''... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope Good grief]]''. The people are literally living in lies and [[IgnoranceIsBliss ignorant bliss]]. Practically everyone has NoSympathy, and Haruka is among the rare few who realizes what's wrong with this society thanks to her {{Telepathy}} and [[InnocentlyInsensitive innocently exposing everyone's true feelings]] [[CassandraTruth to their denial, disbelief]], and [[MindOverManners chargin]] even though [[PowerIncontinence she can't help it]]. [[FromBadToWorse Worse]], her once "ChildhoodFriends" [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer then outcast]] "[[YouMonster the monster]]" (Haruka) so disgracefully, [[TraumaButton the insult haunts her for much of her life afterwards]].
** How crapsack is the setting? Well, when [[LivingLieDetector the main character starts exposing everybody's lies]], not only do [[BreakTheCutie they give her hell for this]], they outright resort to [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blaming the victim]] and accusing ''her'' of being the liar even though everybody involved knows that isn't true; and not a single person questions this, not even her parents. This is primarily due to these {{Yes M|an}}en [[BecomingTheMask confiding in]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatemae their facades]] [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason as a ploy to fit in]]. Even with ValuesDissonance in mind, this is still [[DisproportionateRetribution an inexcusably low blow]] against the HonestAdvisor who was simply [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot being curious]].
* In ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'': The world is peaceful because crime and war etc. are forbidden by {{God}}, and all bets are enforced by MagicallyBindingContract, and so such agreements must be honored. However, this means that skilled cheaters are the most dangerous people in the world, capable of dooming even countries in a single game. Also, the sentient species are ranked by magical ability, which means humans are at the bottom of the barrel and dying out as a result. Of course, Volume 6[=/=]the movie indicates that this is actually something of an ''improvement'' over [[CrapsackWorld the old world]].
* Hisae Iwaoka's manga ''[[Manga/HoshigaharaAoManjuuNoMori Hoshigahara Ao Manjuu no mori]]'' takes place in an old and [[BlatantLies peaceful]] forest. Hosting many cute and adorable beings such has living rocks and lilies ''that wouldn't mind swallowing you whole is you ever turn your back on them''.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the capital of Edolas is a shiny amusement park of a city kept prosperous with stolen magic, while the rest of the world is literally falling apart.
* In-universe example in ''Manga/NewGame'', with the world of ''Peco'', [[FictionalVideoGame Eagle Jump's latest project]], is a soft and fluffy world that follows a cute female protagonist who kills other characters, skins them, and then wears the skin as a disguise to easily kill others. Saved from being gory because everyone else in ''Peco'' is a living stuffed animal.
* The kingdoms of Clarines and Tanbarun from ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' at first glance seem to be very nice and idyllic places to live. Then you remember that the story started when a noble arbitrarily decided to force a commoner to become his concubine and her reaction implied something like this was anything but uncommon. Several lines also imply that slavery is not only practiced but abundant. Then there is the fact that in Tanbarun commoners are banding together in a paramilitary force of outlaws called The Loins of the Mountain to protect themselves from criminals because they don't trust the government.
* The setting of ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is a futuristic society with many seemingly wonderful advances in technology, but the Neurolinkers essentially enable ParentalNeglect, and even an advanced network of security cameras doesn't keep the world entirely safe. Brain Burst is also like this, as it's a ruthless struggle for survival, where people desperately cling to their points and often do very unethical things to earn them.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', the world looks relatively pleasant and bright on the outlook, but at the same time there are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive very shady executives]] and [[MadScientist scientists]] who are more than willing to use extremely shady methods to achieve their goals, as well as {{serial killer}}s who use the [=VRMMO=]s to target and kill people in real life, and that's before factoring in the SAO Incident, which led more than 10,000 people being trapped in the game for years.
** The Underworld. It's a virtual reality simulator in which the [[ArtificialIntelligence Fluctlights]] living there are literally incapable of breaking the law, known as the Taboo Index, so not only is there no murder, but people don't even litter, but people ''can'' [[LoopholeAbuse abuse loopholes in the rules to cause harm to others]] should they so desire. The civilized lands are ruled by a sociopathic tyrant, and the armies of darkness lie in wait outside of civilization's borders, preparing to strike.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' on the surface, seems like a typical, cutesy and sweet slice-of-life manga/anime about four girls in the "[[TitleDrop School Live]]" club, who inexplicably ''live'' in the school. Then at the very end of the first chapter/episode, we learn that [[spoiler: things only appear so sweet because we were seeing things through Yuki's eyes, who had [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a breakdown before the series started and has became delusional.]] In reality, the series is about the girls being holed up in school because of a ''[[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]]'', while playing along with Yuki's delusions for her sake.]]
* ''LightNovel/ThermalOperator'' has as a backdrop a boy who just learned he has super-powers getting officially screened, ranked, and being sent to school to learn to use them, and the world appears at peace, except, not so much. The world has endured WWIII thanks to these powers some ten odd years ago, the only reason this stopped was because the nine most powerful of these [Talent] users signed a pact that split up the world into 9 equal pieces called [Site], leaving the nations in their territories intact only as a courtesy for form over substance. Children as young as first year of high-school, ''and younger'' are constantly under threat of being drafted into the military, if not simply grabbed right off the street to be sold to shady individuals for anything but wholesome reasons. Even the protagonist ''was flat out lied to'' about the nature of his [Talent] to try and keep him BeneathNotice, ''and that failed!''

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* Zalem turns out to be this in ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}''. You can ask for assisted suicide (the grisly "End Joy," which turns out to be full of blood) and all inhabitants [[spoiler:HAVE A FREAKIN' CHIP FOR BRAINS]]. Also, if you learn about the previous spoiler, [[spoiler:a "special team" is going to take care of you immediately. Everybody who doesn't fit or threatens order in any way is eliminated, frequently via being dumped down the floating city's giant garbage chute]]. In the sequel we learn that the Solar System at large is probably a worst UsefulNotes/ColdWar parody imaginable, the children are outlawed and exterminated (or simply ''[[ImAHumanitarian eaten]]'' by the OrganicTechnology-obsessed Venusians), Earth Sphere, despite its idyllic appearance, is run by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName a fascistic dictatorship]] that imposes involuntary MindControl, real Neo-Nazis run rampant on Mars, Jovians, the ''[[IneffectualSympatheticVillain most sympathetic]]'' major faction, is a [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] parody that'd give Creator/RobertAHeinlein nightmares, and the most popular entertainment is to watch a bloody tournament where cyborg martial artists kill each other messily for sport (and, maybe, some political rights). All of this is ''[[AWorldHalfFull a massive improvement]]''.
* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'' takes place in an amazing fantasy world with magic, dragons, lizard people, and elves. But most people are illiterate, masters regularly abuse their servants, and non-humans are 2nd class citizens.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' takes place in a ShiningCity where {{Magical Girl}}s battle in secret against MonstersOfTheWeek, granted wishes by their cute sidekicks. [[spoiler:The city's on the brink of destruction, the girls are [[SociopathicHero opportunistic]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]], the MonstersOfTheWeek are {{Fallen Hero}}es who forcibly underwent a [[TheCorruption monstrous transformation]], the wishes never turn out well, even when not twisted, and the cute sidekicks are deceptive StarfishAliens who treat both normal humans and their charges as little more than cattle.]]
** TheMovie plays with this. It seems to take place in an idealized MagicalGirl paradise, but it's actually [[spoiler:Homura's witch labyrinth]]. And yet, as Sayaka points out, it really ''is'' a perfect world, even if it's [[spoiler:an illusion]], since one isn't secretly doomed to horrific fates or anything like that. The ending has Homura [[spoiler:take control of the real universe so she can make it exactly like the labyrinth. But this time, it's considered evil, mostly because it was a conscious decision (the first time around, Kyubey tricked her into doing it). Whether this outcome is Crapsaccharine or just Saccharine is seemingly left up to the audience.]]
* ''Manga/KotouraSan''... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope Good grief]]''. The people are literally living in lies and [[IgnoranceIsBliss ignorant bliss]]. Practically everyone has NoSympathy, and Haruka is among the rare few who realizes what's wrong with this society thanks to her {{Telepathy}} and [[InnocentlyInsensitive innocently exposing everyone's true feelings]] [[CassandraTruth to their denial, disbelief]], and [[MindOverManners chargin]] even though [[PowerIncontinence she can't help it]]. [[FromBadToWorse Worse]], her once "ChildhoodFriends" [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer then outcast]] "[[YouMonster the monster]]" (Haruka) so disgracefully, [[TraumaButton the insult haunts her for much of her life afterwards]].
** How crapsack is the setting? Well, when [[LivingLieDetector the main character starts exposing everybody's lies]], not only do [[BreakTheCutie they give her hell for this]], they outright resort to [[UsefulNotes/VictimBlaming blaming the victim]] and accusing ''her'' of being the liar even though everybody involved knows that isn't true; and not a single person questions this, not even her parents. This is primarily due to these {{Yes M|an}}en [[BecomingTheMask confiding in]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatemae their facades]] [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason as a ploy to fit in]]. Even with ValuesDissonance in mind, this is still [[DisproportionateRetribution an inexcusably low blow]] against the HonestAdvisor who was simply [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot being curious]].
* In ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'': The world is peaceful because crime and war etc. are forbidden by {{God}}, and all bets are enforced by MagicallyBindingContract, and so such agreements must be honored. However, this means that skilled cheaters are the most dangerous people in the world, capable of dooming even countries in a single game. Also, the sentient species are ranked by magical ability, which means humans are at the bottom of the barrel and dying out as a result. Of course, Volume 6[=/=]the movie indicates that this is actually something of an ''improvement'' over [[CrapsackWorld the old world]].
* Hisae Iwaoka's manga ''[[Manga/HoshigaharaAoManjuuNoMori Hoshigahara Ao Manjuu no mori]]'' takes place in an old and [[BlatantLies peaceful]] forest. Hosting many cute and adorable beings such has living rocks and lilies ''that wouldn't mind swallowing you whole is you ever turn your back on them''.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the capital of Edolas is a shiny amusement park of a city kept prosperous with stolen magic, while the rest of the world is literally falling apart.
* In-universe example in ''Manga/NewGame'', with the world of ''Peco'', [[FictionalVideoGame Eagle Jump's latest project]], is a soft and fluffy world that follows a cute female protagonist who kills other characters, skins them, and then wears the skin as a disguise to easily kill others. Saved from being gory because everyone else in ''Peco'' is a living stuffed animal.
* The kingdoms of Clarines and Tanbarun from ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'' at first glance seem to be very nice and idyllic places to live. Then you remember that the story started when a noble arbitrarily decided to force a commoner to become his concubine and her reaction implied something like this was anything but uncommon. Several lines also imply that slavery is not only practiced but abundant. Then there is the fact that in Tanbarun commoners are banding together in a paramilitary force of outlaws called The Loins of the Mountain to protect themselves from criminals because they don't trust the government.
* The setting of ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is a futuristic society with many seemingly wonderful advances in technology, but the Neurolinkers essentially enable ParentalNeglect, and even an advanced network of security cameras doesn't keep the world entirely safe. Brain Burst is also like this, as it's a ruthless struggle for survival, where people desperately cling to their points and often do very unethical things to earn them.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', the world looks relatively pleasant and bright on the outlook, but at the same time there are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive very shady executives]] and [[MadScientist scientists]] who are more than willing to use extremely shady methods to achieve their goals, as well as {{serial killer}}s who use the [=VRMMO=]s to target and kill people in real life, and that's before factoring in the SAO Incident, which led more than 10,000 people being trapped in the game for years.
** The Underworld. It's a virtual reality simulator in which the [[ArtificialIntelligence Fluctlights]] living there are literally incapable of breaking the law, known as the Taboo Index, so not only is there no murder, but people don't even litter, but people ''can'' [[LoopholeAbuse abuse loopholes in the rules to cause harm to others]] should they so desire. The civilized lands are ruled by a sociopathic tyrant, and the armies of darkness lie in wait outside of civilization's borders, preparing to strike.
* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' on the surface, seems like a typical, cutesy and sweet slice-of-life manga/anime about four girls in the "[[TitleDrop School Live]]" club, who inexplicably ''live'' in the school. Then at the very end of the first chapter/episode, we learn that [[spoiler: things only appear so sweet because we were seeing things through Yuki's eyes, who had [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness a breakdown before the series started and has became delusional.]] In reality, the series is about the girls being holed up in school because of a ''[[ZombieApocalypse zombie outbreak]]'', while playing along with Yuki's delusions for her sake.]]
* ''LightNovel/ThermalOperator'' has as a backdrop a boy who just learned he has super-powers getting officially screened, ranked, and being sent to school to learn to use them, and the world appears at peace, except, not so much. The world has endured WWIII thanks to these powers some ten odd years ago, the only reason this stopped was because the nine most powerful of these [Talent] users signed a pact that split up the world into 9 equal pieces called [Site], leaving the nations in their territories intact only as a courtesy for form over substance. Children as young as first year of high-school, ''and younger'' are constantly under threat of being drafted into the military, if not simply grabbed right off the street to be sold to shady individuals for anything but wholesome reasons. Even the protagonist ''was flat out lied to'' about the nature of his [Talent] to try and keep him BeneathNotice, ''and that failed!''


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' seems like an idealistic world, but once you start digging deeper, you realize things aren't all that great. The world has over 80% of the population armed with some sort of oddball superpower or mutation and heroes like All Might are looked up to as paragons of justice. As well, many of those who have "Quirks" can go to specialized schools to train to be heroes. Things fall apart beyond that; the remaining 20% are "Quirkless" - normal humans - and are looked down upon by those with Quirks and are even denied the chance to be heroes themselves legally because they just wouldn't be able to "keep up". Even if you have powers, there's a chance that the powers you have just wouldn't work in a "heroic" setting and are equally looked down on for having "bad" powers. Even more so, many active heroes aren't there to make the world a better place, but instead are in it for the wealth and fame, ignoring social woes. It's no wonder those like Hero Killer Stain and [[spoiler:Shiguraki]] wanted to destroy the current world order.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' seems like an idealistic world, but once you start digging deeper, you realize things aren't all that great. The world has over 80% of the population armed with some sort of oddball superpower or mutation and heroes like All Might are looked up to as paragons of justice. As well, many of those who have "Quirks" can go to specialized schools to train to be heroes. Things fall apart beyond that; the remaining 20% are "Quirkless" - normal humans - and are looked down upon by those with Quirks and are even denied the chance to be heroes themselves legally because they just wouldn't be able to "keep up". Even if you have powers, there's a chance that the powers you have just wouldn't work in a "heroic" setting and are equally looked down on for having "bad" powers. Not helping matters is the fact that many blatantly favor flashy Quirks then simpler Quirks. Even more so, many active heroes aren't there to make the world a better place, but instead are in it for the wealth and fame, ignoring social woes. It's no wonder those like Hero Killer Stain and [[spoiler:Shiguraki]] wanted to destroy the current world order.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' seems like an idealistic world, but once you start digging deeper, you realize things aren't all that great. The world has over 80% of the population armed with some sort of oddball superpower or mutation and heroes like All Might are looked up to as paragons of justice. As well, many of those who have "Quirks" can go to specialized schools to train to be heroes. Things fall apart beyond that; the remaining 20% are "Quirkless" - normal humans - and are looked down upon by those with Quirks and are even denied the chance to be heroes themselves legally because they just wouldn't be able to "keep up". Even if you have powers, there's a chance that the powers you have just wouldn't work in a "heroic" setting and are equally looked down on for having "bad" powers. Even more so, many active heroes aren't there to make the world a better place, but instead are in it for the wealth and fame, ignoring social woes. It's no wonder those like Hero Killer Stain and [[spoiler:Shiguraki]] wanted to destroy the current world order.


* ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' is done in Creator/{{Sanrio}}'s usual cutesy chibi style, but doesn't shy away from how stressful Retsuko's life is and how much working under [[MeanBoss Director Ton]] sucks.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', an already dark and depressing series, we meet [[KillerRabbit Rosine]], a DarkMagicalGirl who transformed a crater's valley in a realm for elves filled with birds, butterflies, flowers and evergreen meadows. But, for being young and apparently harmless, Rosine is an Apostle. And before long, we see that her elves' favorite hobbies includes playing war. And not only do they happily slaughter one another, [[spoiler:they also like to use their insect-like appendages to skewer one another in the ass]]. And that's not even mentioning how they're created from human children she kidnaps, or [[NauseaFuel the way said elves are created]].

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* ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' ''Anime/{{Aggretsuko}}'' is done in Creator/{{Sanrio}}'s usual cutesy chibi style, but doesn't shy away from how stressful Retsuko's life is and how much working under [[MeanBoss Director Ton]] sucks.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', an already dark and depressing series, we meet [[KillerRabbit Rosine]], a DarkMagicalGirl who transformed a crater's valley in a realm for elves filled with birds, butterflies, flowers and evergreen meadows. But, for being young and apparently harmless, Rosine is an Apostle. And before long, we see that her elves' favorite hobbies includes playing war. And not only do they happily slaughter one another, [[spoiler:they also like to use their insect-like appendages to skewer one another in the ass]]. And that's not even mentioning how that they're created from human children she kidnaps, or [[NauseaFuel the way said elves are created]].


* ''LightNovel/ThermalOperation'' has as a backdrop a boy who just learned he has super-powers getting officially screened, ranked, and being sent to school to learn to use them, and the world appears at peace, except, not so much. The world has endured WWIII thanks to these powers some ten odd years ago, the only reason this stopped was because the nine most powerful of these [Talent] users signed a pact that split up the world into 9 equal pieces called [Site], leaving the nations in their territories intact only as a courtesy for form over substance. Children as young as first year of high-school, ''and younger'' are constantly under threat of being drafted into the military, if not simply grabbed right off the street to be sold to shady individuals for anything but wholesome reasons. Even the protagonist ''was flat out lied to'' about the nature of his [Talent] to try and keep him BeneathNotice, ''and that failed!''

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* ''LightNovel/ThermalOperation'' ''LightNovel/ThermalOperator'' has as a backdrop a boy who just learned he has super-powers getting officially screened, ranked, and being sent to school to learn to use them, and the world appears at peace, except, not so much. The world has endured WWIII thanks to these powers some ten odd years ago, the only reason this stopped was because the nine most powerful of these [Talent] users signed a pact that split up the world into 9 equal pieces called [Site], leaving the nations in their territories intact only as a courtesy for form over substance. Children as young as first year of high-school, ''and younger'' are constantly under threat of being drafted into the military, if not simply grabbed right off the street to be sold to shady individuals for anything but wholesome reasons. Even the protagonist ''was flat out lied to'' about the nature of his [Talent] to try and keep him BeneathNotice, ''and that failed!''

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* ''LightNovel/ThermalOperation'' has as a backdrop a boy who just learned he has super-powers getting officially screened, ranked, and being sent to school to learn to use them, and the world appears at peace, except, not so much. The world has endured WWIII thanks to these powers some ten odd years ago, the only reason this stopped was because the nine most powerful of these [Talent] users signed a pact that split up the world into 9 equal pieces called [Site], leaving the nations in their territories intact only as a courtesy for form over substance. Children as young as first year of high-school, ''and younger'' are constantly under threat of being drafted into the military, if not simply grabbed right off the street to be sold to shady individuals for anything but wholesome reasons. Even the protagonist ''was flat out lied to'' about the nature of his [Talent] to try and keep him BeneathNotice, ''and that failed!''

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