Due to the fact that the world of anime is as diverse as diversity goes, the worlds seen in various anime series and films are as diverse as one gets. Some of them are beautiful and solemn, while others are more on the grim side, but not less beautiful. From real-world-inspired cities to fantastic villages, the world of anime has provided us with a window to a plethora of various worlds and in this article, we at Fiction Horizon have picked the 20 most beautiful cities and villages from the world of anime. Enjoy!
Konohagakure is the hidden village of the Land of Fire. As one of the Five Great Ninja Villages, Konoha has a Kage as its leader known as the Hokage. In total, Konoha has had seven Hokage, with Naruto Uzumaki being the current one. On a mountain overlooking the town from the north rises Hokage Rock.
Even though Konoha, like the country it resides in, has been relatively peaceful since the end of the Fourth Great Shinobi World War, it remains one of the most powerful towns in existence, having great military power and influence, although this had been diminished a few years ago by Orochimaru and Pain’s attacks.
Before the creation of the ninja villages, they were organized into small mercenary clans that were hired for battle. Of the countless ninja clans, the Uchiha clan and the Senju clan were the strongest. After much bloodshed, the Senju clan offered the Uchiha a truce.
The leader of the Uchiha, Madara Uchiha told Hashirama that in order to gain his trust he must commit suicide or kill his brother, Tobirama. Hashirama, without hesitation, chose the option of committing suicide but Madara stops him arguing that he had already seen his guts, so the clans allied. After the alliance, they made a pact with the Land of Fire to create a ninja village.
The Senju, Uchiha, and other clans came together to create Konoha. Madara named the village and Hashirama created the Hokage name for the village leader, who thought that Madara was the most suitable for that position, to which Tobirama and the rest of the villagers, including the Clan members Uchiha, refused.
Franchise: One Piece
Alubarna is the capital of Alabasta. It was built about 4000 years ago. Alubarna is on a hill in the northwest of the kingdom of Alabasta. Like many other towns in Alabasta, it is reminiscent of Islamic architecture with its towers and domed buildings. Five staircases lead to only five entrances to the city. They are located in the West, South-West, South, South-East, and East. The southern entrance, which is considered the main one, was used by Koza and the rebels to enter the city. Outside of town are also some ruins that were where Usopp and Chopper defeated Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas.
3. Toy Town
Toy Town is located in Digimon Adventure in the home forest on File Island, near the vending machine field. It is connected to the factory town by the sewage system. That’s how the Digiknights came here. Toy Town consists of many towers made of building blocks with many toys between them. The Mayor of Toy Town, Monzaemon, loves to play with these toys. During the reign of the Dark Masters, however, it was completely destroyed.
Toy Town also appears in Digimon Frontier, in the Wood Zone. The DigiDestined come here one day and enjoy the toys. But then they get involved in a fight with some BlackToyAgumon and later meet a Pandamon that lives here. In addition, a Monzaemon also lives here in Digimon Frontier.
4. Magnolia City
Franchise: Fairy Tail
Magnolia City, located in the southernmost part of Fiore, is also the home of the Fairy Tail guild. It has a population of 60,000 and is a trading city that has prospered in magic since ancient times. It has a population of 60,000 and is a trading city that has been prosperous with Magic since the ancient era. Its Reputation is further supported by the fact that the city used to be home to Fiore’s strongest guild, Fairy Tail.
This was the case until Acnologia attacked Tenrou Island, which caused most of Fairy Tail’s senior members to disappear for seven years: this led to the rest of Fairy Tail fleeing to an alternate part of town, with their position as a representative guild of the city passed into the hands of Twilight Ogre. Magnolia has a large built-up area, which extends over a large rectangular area on the shore of Lake Sciliora.
A series of very large roads divides the city into vertical and horizontal sectors. The whole city was built in a Western-style, with its buildings being slightly reminiscent of neat medieval ones. Located almost in the center of the city, overlooking the Central Route, a horizontal road where events and parades are held, The Cathedral of Kardia, is one of the most important and distinctive monuments of Magnolia.
5. Yoshiwara, Tokyo
Franchise: Demon Slayer
The Yoshiwara Red Light District is an area of the city where prostitution flourishes. The name of the quarter comes from the red lights that stand in the windows of brothels. Also, this area is referred to as flowery, due to the fact that the location of the streets in this part of the city resembles a flower in its shape.
The people living here are either public women and their mistresses or people who came here because of extreme poverty to pay off their debts. However, in exchange, they are provided with everything necessary for life. Therefore, in the long term, they can become part of a rich house if they perform well and decide to buy them out. It is worth noting that if the girl develops a path, she will be able to become an oiran – a public woman of high status, and in the future, a wealthy man may call her to marry and take her away from a brothel.
6. Karakura Town
Karakura Town, also often shortened to simply Karakura Town, is a fictional neighborhood in Tokyo, and is the only enclave in the world of the living where most of the action in the series has so far taken place. This fact is due, according to Yamamoto’s statements, to the fact that Karakura is currently the ōkagi, that is, the corner of the world of the living in which there is a greater number of souls with certain spiritual power and therefore can be used to make the Ōken or Royal Key.
The fact that in Karakura there is a higher concentration of souls with spiritual power is also the cause of the high number of Hollow attacks that the city suffers. However, the vast majority of its inhabitants are not able to perceive the reason for these events and usually attribute them to gas pipe explosions or car accidents.
The different corners of the Karakura Town have been the main setting for the Substitute Shinigami Saga and the Arrancar Saga, as well as for a large part of the Bount Saga (unreleased from the anime) and some auto-conclusive episodes of the rest of the sagas in history, in which the protagonists have been the Karakura Superheroes or the Karakuraizer Team.
During the Arrancar saga, the entire town of Karakura was transferred to Soul Society and its inhabitants were plunged into a deep sleep, to protect it from the attack of the forces of Sōsuke Aizen, who sought to create a copy of the Royal Key at the cost of sacrifice the entire city. The Gotei 13 placed in its place a copy of the deserted city, in which they could fight without great restrictions against Aizen’s forces.
7. Ecruteak City
Ecruteak City is an old town in northern Johto. The city lies between the wide fields and the coast to the west and the high mountains to the east. Like most major cities, Ecruteak City also has a Pokémon Gym. The leader is Morty, who specializes in ghost Pokémon. The sign of victory over him is the Fog Badge. Ecruteak City is a historic city with many traditional Japanese buildings. The tallest building in the city is the bell tower, which was built a millennium ago. To the west of Ecruteak City was a formerly equally magnificent tower, but it burned down.
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
Reole or Lior is one of the first places visited by the Elric brothers in their search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The lack of state military oversight in Reole, combined with the strong religious sentiment of the citizens (in this respect Reole is similar to Ishval), made it possible for an ambitious man named Father Cornello to institute a kind of theocratic government in Reole. itself as an unquestionable rule.
He presented himself as a prophet of Leto, the sun god, and as a miracle worker, Cornello promised riches and eternal life, including the resurrection of his dead loved ones, to those who followed him. Although the people of Reole believed that he could actually perform miracles, Cornello simply performed alchemy, using a small philosopher’s stone, mounted on a ring he wore, to violate the law of equal exchange.
This story interested the Elric brothers, which motivated their visit to Reole, as they initially thought that what was in his ring was what they were looking for. Another notable inhabitant of Reole is Rose Thomas, a follower of Cornello until Edward showed her the truth and Cornello was deposed from her power. Rose came to take a more active role in Reole’s small society, leading the people out of favor after the fall of Cornello and through the civil war that consumed the town in its wake.
The Seireitei sits at the center of Soul Society and is a huge circular enclosure around which all of the Rukongai grow. There are four entrances, each guarded by a Guardian of enormous size. The walls are made of “bloodlust stone” (or “death rock”, depending on the translation), a material capable of absorbing all spiritual power.
The influence of the bloodlust stone, sometimes also called the “death stone”, forms a spherical barrier around the Seireitei, preventing any entrance other than from the four gates. This material also prevents directing the spiritual energy of the environment at the feet of the Shinigami, and allowing it to move through the air, as they can do in other places.
In the Seireitei reside the noble families and the Shinigami and there are all the organs of power of the Society of Souls. The inhabitants of the Seireitei do not interact with those of the Rukongai, and the only way for the latter to escape from poverty and violence is by entering the Shinigami Academy.
However, some inhabitants of the Seireitei, such as members of the Shiba Family or Yoruichi Shihōin, seem to own other houses outside their limits. Some of the most important places in the Seireitei are the headquarters of the Gotei 13, the House of 46, the mansions of the nobles, the Palace of Penitence (Senzaikyū) and the Sōkyoku Hill, where executions are carried out.
10. Snowpoint City
Snowpoint City is a city in the Sinnoh region. Snowpoint City made its fourth-generation debut in the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games, which were released on July 27, 2007 in Europe. Snowpoint City’s official Pokémon Gym is located here. The Gym Leader is Candice, who specializes in the Ice Pokémon type and awards the Icicle Badge to the challenger after defeating her. This location appears in both main series, anime, and manga games, but not in spin-off games or the TCG yet.
11. Academy City
Franchise: A Certain Magical Index
Academy City is a sovereign landlocked city-state whose territory consists of a walled-off area within the Tokyo metropolitan employment area. It was founded by Aleister Crowley. It is the central setting for the main series and side stories of Toaru Majutsu no Index. As its name suggests, it is a city with many schools and higher education institutions ranging from early childhood education to universities that go side by side with scientists who investigate the technology and psychological phenomena of espers.
It is 30 years ahead of the world in terms of technological advancement. Academy City consists of 23 districts, each school district, is called simply by its numbers from one to twenty-three, and each of the districts has a specific purpose.
Franchise: Black Clover
Elysia is the refuge of the Elves located in an unexplored part of the High Mana Density Zone located at its western end, deep in the Kingdom of Heart. Elysia lies deep within the Realm of Heart in an unexplored part of the High Mana Density Zone. As Noelle will tell, Elysia is packed with incredibly dense mana. Patris resides there along with the other elves who survived the Lemiel Silvamillion Clover Time Elf Massacre and those who did not reincarnate into human bodies and the children of Licht and Tetia.
13. Monochrome Village
The unnamed monochrome village is a very strange place in the Digital World. As the name suggests, here all the streets and buildings are completely in black and white. Also, the streets and buildings are very uneven and irregular. When the DigiDestined came here, they met some Nohemon on a street. However, Ryo assured them that the city was perfectly safe. Eventually, they took refuge in the village’s castle.
14. Blackthorn City
Blackthorn City is a city in northeastern Johto. It is also known as the Dragon City because Dragon Pokémon are worshiped here. The eighth arena in the region is located in this city. The Gym Leader is Clair, who uses Dragon-type Pokémon. Her cousin Lance also comes from Blackthorn City. On Saturdays you meet Samson here.
Akiba is a large city on the North Continent, in the Ice Zone. One of the largest markets in the Digital World is located here, which is why the city is always well-visited by both tourists and traders. Since it is difficult to build a city on the northern continent due to the temperatures, there is a huge boiler in the middle of Akiba, which heats the whole area. Later, however, all of Akiba is destroyed as the area’s D-codes are stolen by Crusadermon and Dynasmon.
16. North City
Franchise: Fullmetal Alchemist
North City is a city in the northern part of the Amestris region and serves as the state military command center for the region. Located south of the Briggs Mountain Range, North City is a quaint town blanketed in snow for most of the year, belying that the sinister cogs of Central Command are deeply rooted there. Since the crucial fort at Briggs is quite difficult to reach by normal transport, military personnel attempting to make contact with the fort should first stop at North Headquarters and either take the main road on foot or wait for an official escort from Briggs himself.
Franchise: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Hinamizawa Village is part of Shishibone Prefecture. It has almost 2,000 inhabitants. Due to the size and because some of the children attend school in nearby Okinomiya, there is only one school in Hinamizawa with only one classroom. Each inhabitant knows the face of the other since they meet every day. Even if someone just moved here a short time ago. In other words, when you meet a person you don’t know, you automatically think: That must be… who recently moved here.
The village is characterized by a latent mental illness called Hinamizawa Syndrome. All residents of Hinamizawa are considered infected, but the symptoms (paranoia, hallucinations, and subsequent irrational, ultimately violent behavior) only appear in the advanced stages of the disease, which are triggered by stress and lack of sleep. It used to be believed that anyone leaving the village, or an outsider entering the village, would be cursed by Oyashiro-sama.
18. Swordsmith Village
Franchise: Demon Slayer
Swordsmith Village is a village predominantly inhabited by blacksmiths and their families. Also, this place cooperates with the Demon Slayer Corps, supplying them with various types of weapons. The founding date of the village was not given, however, the manga does mention that the village existed for about 300+ years before the start of the manga. As the name suggests, the village is home to blacksmiths who forge the nichirin blades of the corps members, so it is well hidden in the forest.
The exact location of the village is confidential, to hide it, travelers must ride blindfolded when being transported by several Kakushi. In addition to being a “workshop”, the village also contains several hot springs that are commonly used by swordsmen for their healing properties. Village members tend to wear variations of hyottoko masks to hide their identity, a tactic used to protect them from being tracked.
19. Porco’s Hideout
Franchise: Porco Rosso
Porco Rosso’s hideout is a bay on an island in the Adriatic Sea. Exactly where it is not shown in the Studio Ghibli film Porco Rosso. Although it represents the home of Marco Pagot and should have been kept secret for security reasons, Curtis and the Mamma Aiuto gang later find the hideout. Marco’s plane, the Savoia p.21, floats in the water. In the bay, there is a hut and a tent where Marco sleeps.
Marco has made himself comfortable in the bay. In his free time, he likes to lie under a sunshade in a deck chair in the open air, where he listens to the radio. Porco’s bay has many similarities with the real place Stiniva. The latter belongs to the Croatian island of Vis in the Adriatic Sea.
Kirigakure, also known as the Blood Mist Village, is a ninja village located in the Land of Water. Being one of the great shinobi villages, it has a Kage, who is the leader of the village known by the title of Mizukage, so far there have been six, the most recent being Chōjūrō. The shinobi of this village are highly skilled in the use of Water Release techniques.
Not much is known about the beginnings of Kirigakure, but the first head of the village attended the first Kage Meeting, it is known that during the tenure of his successor, he had a conflict with Iwagakure caused by the Yosuga Pass incident.
Despite this, they received many praises for having a great military force, in addition to the fact that it is said that Akatsuki was created in this same village, this being the hypothesis that created a great mistrust between the villages towards her.