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if you had some kind of machine that lets you go to different dimensions, how many anime dimensions would you go? (list
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I'd go to well over 16. But since people seem to love to point out just how dangerous and dystopic anime settings often are, I'll list off a couple of the ones I'd visit which are not especially dystopic or dangerous.

Ranma 1/2
The beauty of this alternate reality is that the more fantastic elements come with a dimmer switch. You could go to Jusenkyo and hop in a spring, or you could just live an ordinary life. You could join a crazy martial arts dojo, or you could just learn a regular combat style. You could try to see if the legend about that pack of cards being magical is true, or you could just leave the cards alone. There's no big bad or world crisis threatening to kill you or trying to force you into anything, the streets are pretty quiet and ordinary as long as the main cast isn't around, you get exactly as much craziness as you want and not a drop more or less.

Sure, most of the springs' effects we've seen would suck to have, but remember: we've only seen the effects of a tiny percentage of those springs. Nobody ever bothers to let the Jusenkyo guide show them around and tell them what all the springs do, so for all we know there could be a truly amazing spring somewhere in there that nobody ever got to because they didn't let the guide do his job.

Maison Ikkoku
So, Ranma 1/2 was still a little too crazy for you, eh? Well, how about an "alternate" reality which is basically identical to the current one, only set in the mid-to-late 1980s? Maison Ikkoku has no big bad, no magic, no super powers, no powered armor, no mech suits, absolutely nothing. It's a nice story about a bunch of rowdy people living in a boarding house.

You are officially in the kiddie pool of alternate reality exploration. Here's your floaty, no splashing and no running. Bagged lunches and mommy kisses for your boo-boos are available on request.

Dystopias and Dangerous Settings to Visit
OK, so that's enough fluffy bunny universes. Let's run through some of the more dangerous and dystopic ones I'd visit.

1. Tenchi Muyo
A pretty dangerous setting, all things considered. But it has been established that it is possible for Earthlings to join the Galaxy Police, and I'd want to do so very badly. Since the universe basically revolves around the Masaki shrine and household anyway, I'd probably run into Mihoshi or Kiyone sooner or later. It wouldn't be especially hard to convince Mihoshi to bring me along with her or to mention me in her next report. She'd probably even sponsor me if I asked nicely. She's a sweetheart like that.

2. One Piece
Yes, yes. It's a dystopic setting. Yes, yes, it's dangerous. Most people live in constant fear of pirates, most of which aren't as friendly as your straw hat variety. But there is a force to oppose these pirates (the Navy and Marines), and I'd be among the first to throw in with them. So I wouldn't necessarily be a helpless background character at the mercy of [insert villain of the week here]. I'd more likely be one of the people shooting at [insert villain of the week here].
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I'd want to go the the dimensions of Kuroshitsuji, K Project, Pandora Hearts, Amnesia, Fruits Basket, Ao No Exorcist, Soul Eater, and Death Note.
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