10 Best Anime Worlds To Live In, According To Ranker

World-building has always been a hallmark of successful anime. By adding texture through cultural traditions, unique locations, and interesting characters, many of the most popular anime, Dragon Ball Z for my hero academiagained huge worldwide following and appreciation.

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While some of these animated worlds may be less than desirable, a number of them are very enticing, with many features that make them even better than our world. From a lack of global conflict to fantastic flora and fauna and advanced technology, these bustling worlds offer an escape from the trials and tribulations of our reality. Over at Ranker, thousands of anime experts have taken it upon themselves to rate the best ones to live in.

ten Planet Aqua (Aria)


Animated Aria

Formerly known as Mars, the dusty red planet received a terraforming makeover that covered the surface with water. Planet Aqua, as it is now called, is the setting for the ARIA manga and later anime, which follows a young woman named Akari Mizunashi as she aspires to be a gondolier in one of Aqua’s colonies in Neo Venezia.

Neo Venezia itself is a complete replica of the historic canal city of Venice on Earth. Neo Venezia is a place where many tourists now flock, enjoying its picturesque narrow canals, tranquil atmosphere and elegant architecture.

9 19th Century Japan (Mushishi)


Ginko wanders alone in a field of tall grass.

One of the best-selling manga in Japan, Mushishi tells the story of Ginko who wanders 19th century Japan investigating supernatural beings known as Mushi. The setting is set in an alternate version of Japan, between the Edo and Meiji periods, with 19th century technology but still closed to the outside world.

The mysterious world of Mushishi is inhabited by supernatural Mushi who are neither good nor evil, they take many forms and few can detect and interact with them.


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8 The World of Competitive Figure Skating (Yuri!!! on ICE)


Yuri skates at Yuri on Ice

While one might think that the fierce nature of competitive figure skating leaves no room for romantic relationships, Yuri!!! on the ice puts that notion on its head. The series, one of the best female-directed anime, follows Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki and his romantic relationship with his idol, Russian world champion Victor Nikiforov.

Yuri’s playful world accepts love no matter how it manifests itself, without judgment or hate. The world of Yuri also resonated with many professional figure skaters, with a number of them using the show’s music during their routines at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


7 Dragon World (Dragon Ball Z)


Dragon Ball Z‘s Dragon World, as it is sometimes called, is a near-sci-fi take on planet Earth, complete with flying vehicles, robots and futuristic architecture. Dragon World is a place where humans and various alien species, as well as magic and advanced technology, coexist.

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In the world of Dragon Ball Z, the Earth is now ruled by a planetary constitutional monarchy. The best part about Dragon World is that no one perishes, with 12 different universes many of the characters that “die” in the series end up being reborn in one way or another.


6 Earth with Demi-Humans (Monster Girls Interviews)


Monster Girl Interviews

The world of Monster Girl Interviews takes place on a fictional version of Earth where various supernatural “demi-humans”, such as vampires and succubi, live openly among humans. The story of Monster Girl Interviews follows three demi-human girls as they go through the trials and tribulations of high school.

The show explores the world of demi-humans through insightful questions such as “how does reality differ from fiction?”, “How do they deal with their conditions?” and “How do they socialize with humans?”


5 Domino City (Yu-Gi-Oh!)


Swordsman from Landstar Yu-Gi-Oh!

One of the main parameters of Yu Gi Oh!, Domino City is a fictional Japanese city and the home of the titular Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler, and Téa Gardner. The universe of Yu Gi Oh! Is where most problems can be solved with dramatic flair and the Duel Monsters card game. Much of the city is tied to the Battle City Tournament, through the Kaiba Corporation.

The Kaiba Corporation also built the first amusement park in Domino City, Kaiba Land, using advanced 3D technology for its rides, but secretly built by Kaiba as revenge against Yugi.


4 The digital world (Digimon)


Digimon Survive Trailer Cast

First created in the early 20th century, The Digital World is the parallel world where the titular cute creatures called Digimon live and bond with humans. It has since become a multiverse of digital worlds, but each follows the same basic structure mostly copying Earth’s geography with forests, mountains, oceans, etc. but with the ability to modify them like any computer program.

Technology in the digital world is made up of both primitive and advanced technologies. The Digital World, however, remains largely a mystery to most Digimon humans.




3 Hidden Leaf Village (Naruto)


Naruto Sakura and Team 10 Enjoy Ramen

Located deep within the Land of Fire, Hidden Leaf Village is one of the great Shinobi villages and the setting for both the naruto and Boruto series. The Hidden Leaf Village is surrounded by forests and overshadowed by the great Hokage Rock Mountain.

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When the ninjas aren’t running around town, food is a big part of the culture of Hidden Leaf Village, one can feast on Ichiraku Ramen or buy Japanese dumplings at the local Dango store. The Hidden Leaf Village has become so iconic that Fortnite has added it as a location to its Creative Mode. One can even visit a Hidden Leaf Village theme park in Japan.


2 UA High School (My Hero Academia)


UA High School from My Hero Academia

UA High School is the premier high school for budding heroes in Japan and the center of action for the hit show and anime ideal for beginners, my hero academia. In this world, 80% of people have a form of superpower called “quirks”. Many have aspired to become professional superheroes, using their quirks to fight crime, and the best way is to get hero training.

UA only accepts the best of the best and its teaching structure is highly unorthodox, giving teachers supreme control over their classes and how they are taught. UA also hosts an annual Hero Festival for potential heroes to compete and be scouted. Unfortunately, it’s mostly work and little play, as UA uses a strict six-day school week.


1 The Pokemon Universe (Pokémon)


Hisui and Sinnoh's cards from Pokemon Legends: Arceus and Pokemon BDSP.

Almost identical to Earth, the world of Pokemon is inhabited by a race of collectible creatures with their own special abilities and powers. Humans strive to capture these Pokémon and then compete with them to become a “Pokémon Master”. In this world, the culture is mainly based on Japan, with other cultural aspects included. Here humans try to bond with nature instead of exploiting it for power.

In the Pokémon world, there are several regions, including Kanto, Johto, and Unova, with unique geographies and climates. The technology is apparently more advanced than the real world in some areas, like cloning and anti-gravity. Junichi Masuda, the game director for Pokémon, said that in the Pokémon world, “there would be no global warming, water shortage or anything like that. It’s a world where people really want to work together.

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