I’m very sure I’m not the only one who noticed that there are a lot of anime recently set in a futuristic setting. By setting, I mean story world. The kind of world I don’t mind living in, especially with all those cool gadgets and technology to play with. It’s easy for me to go gaga over stuff like that so please excuse me.
This leads me to think about one of the reasons why I love watching anime so much. Each anime is a story told in a fantasy world that exercises imagination.
Futuristic setting is cool, in my opinion. Anime like Guilty Crown and more recently, K include stuff that is even more modern than our modern technology. It’s not far-fetched. I sincerely believe there will be a day I’ll be carrying portable communication devices like the ones the characters in Guilty Crown are using. This reminded me of a post I wrote about the wonders of technology in Mardock Scramble.
Opposite of futuristic setting, we have historical or medieval setting. Sorry, I don’t watch too much of such series but the closest example I can give you is Spice and Wolf. Or Uta Koi. This sort of setting sparked the imagination of what would it be like in yesteryears, the glorious old lifestyle. Some are even filled with rich cultures of the past.
I think entirely fictional setting offers the best kind of imagination. One Piece did very well in this category. Its Water 7 Arc is one of the most gorgeous setting I’ve seen to date. I will never forget the day I saw Water 7 animated. The breathtaking scene of the water city – from the litte buildings on streets separated by streams of water. Not forgetting to mention the Fishman Island’s clever use of real world objects/beings, like turning turtles into elevators and such. Speaking of clever use of worldly objects…how can one ever forget the use of snails as communication tool? Burup, burup…
Last but not least, we have settings that have flavors of this and that. Take for instance, Naruto. It’s a fictional setting that fused old day technology as well as new. I’ll never understand why the shinobis don’t have modern day postal service (they use birds to deliver letters/messages) but they use walkie-talkie to communicate with teams when on mission. Go figure.
The above are just a few major settings that seem to be more prominent in anime I normally watch. High school setting or anything similar isn’t considered wonder world, mind you. Is there any particular anime story world that tickle your fancy?