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"Far, far away, across the sea, there is a fabled land that people speak of as a place of enchantment and wonder, of magical beings of myriad shapes and sizes. A place where one can make their wildest dreams come true.

And by that, we in America are of course referring to Japan. But Gensokyo is kinda like that."

The country of Japan, but portrayed as a world that works like what exported Japanese media have taught us.

In Western works, it might serve as a parody of the anime fandom in general, or Western perceptions of Japan. 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. In some cases, it's used as little more than a Japan-flavored Fantasy Kitchen Sink, no commentary required.

The most common examples are:

Due to the Lowest Common Denominator, it might also include other Japanese pop cultural references that are not really anime-specific, such as Ninjas, Kaiju, the Yakuza, or the Zaibatsu (particularly in early Cyberpunk literature).

This is a part of the Hollywood Atlas, like Eagleland, Eskimo Land, Yodel Land and the Land of Dragons. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is similar, but unfiltered (or at least less so) through the lens of anime.

Not be confused with the French magazine Animeland


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Arcade Gamer Fubuki portrays Japan as Animeland.
  • Concrete Revolutio: Choujin Gensou takes place in an oldschool Animeland version of Japan, though it fully embraces other aspects of Showa-era Japanese pop culture as well. This turns out to actually be a plot point, as that is Showa-era Japan they're living in.
  • In Lucky Star, Occidental Otaku Patricia Martin has this worldview. Which the mangaka immediately lampshades as "the wrong idea on Japanese culture." Given that nearly half of the main cast happens to be some flavour of otaku, this may be a bit of Hypocritical Humor.

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    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 
  • In 30 Rock, Tracy believes he is giving a speech over a live feed to a Japanese award show. He thanks all his Japanese fans, especially Godzilla. The he laughs and says he's just kidding... he knows Godzilla doesn't care what humans do.
  • In Lexx's last season, a giant plant person invades Japaneseland.
  • Animeland and the fan culture surrounding it were the object of satire in the Saturday Night Live skit "J-pop America Fun Time Now!"


    Video Games 
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Empire of the Rising Sun faction's military units included psychic Magical Girls in Sailor Fuku, and Humongous Mecha, some of which transform, while one of their transformers is based on the iconic Zero Fighter. Their superweapon is a Psychic Explosion, and the engineer is a Salaryman, standing next to Samurai soldiers and Ninja, as well as longbow-wielding Miko in the expansion. About the only thing missing are naughty tentacles. Oddly enough, The Soviets did have a giant squid in the previous game. (You can bet you'll find some fan-art of it if you look hard enough.) The Emperor's video briefings help tick any other boxes in the Big Book of Japanese Clichés: his son wears a kind of samurai armour, he's seen practising sword forms, contemplating a bonsai tree, practising calligraphy, taking tea a lot, mentions a revival of Bushido, tells you to slice through the enemy "like the blade of a katana" and finally declares you "Supreme Shogun".
  • Destroy All Humans! 2 parodies this. "Takoshima" is filled with salary men, schoolgirls and at one point a kaiju is running around.
  • Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and its sequel, especially since it was designed with a manga feel. There are two levels featuring schoolgirls, two with Kaiju fighting against a Salaryman or a Humongous Mecha depending on the game, and other Hot-Blooded shenanigans. However, there are no tentacle creatures, and a ninja only appears in the American localization.
  • Warframe: The Tenno is taken from stereotypical anime depictions of Ninjas and Samurais. E.g. the way they sit, their swords, their motions, their name, their very designs... The anime influence is most shown in Styanax's trailer, which is a short anime.

    Web Comics 
  • Apricot Cookie(s)! is treated as this, though it's just a little bit downplayed. The boys play children's card-games, every girl is a Magical Girl and you get your daily Kaiju attacks, one of which is explicitly called out as a tentacle monster. No ninjas yet (if at all), though.
  • The four ninja siblings in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! exist largely as an excuse to play with anime tropes. Each of the four is an anime archetype: Shempu is a wild-haired shōnen guy, Moé is a cute moe girl, Lari is a bishounen (surrounded by a cloud of sparkles), and Kurlijōh is explicitly a Leiji Matsumoto-style gonk.
  • MegaTokyo is a complicated example. The Tokyo Police apparently got so annoyed with their city constantly being destroyed by monsters that they started scheduling such events, so they were easier to handle. Kaiju are available for rent, and the commander of the Cataclysm Division rides around in a mech.
  • Wow - You Live in Japan by Dave Gutteridge juxtaposes that stereotypical pop-culture-based image of Japan with the reality of Japan as a country like any other.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Cow and Chicken: In this Got Milk ad, Cow had to face a Godzilla parody as Supercow while the characters were visiting Japan.
  • The season two finale of Dexter's Laboratory starts off here with Dexter accidentally awakening a Kaiju, while trying to one-up two mecha pilots his age (who both look like Go Nagai characters). The rest of the episode has him and his entire family fighting said Kaiju back home, with the help of a Combining Mecha, under the guidance of a Kid Samurai.
  • In Kappa Mikey, everyone from Japan are portrayed as anime characters. In contrast, Mikey himself is portrayed in a stereotypical American art style as he's from America.
  • Phineas and Ferb's special "Summer Belongs to You" has this little sequence.
  • The Simpsons episode "Thirty Minutes over Tokyo" has an announcement from the pilot as they're flying home:
    Pilot: 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 35,000 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.