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    Tuesday October 15, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: More Chihayafuru in Tokyo!

    Check out even more real-world locations of Chihayafuru!

    The sound of hands slapping the cold tatami mat floor, and cards wildly flinging through the air is getting louder and louder by the day. After six long years, Chihayafuru is finally getting its third season next week! So to get in the spirit of karuta again, let’s take a look at some more Tokyo based real-world locations from Chihayafuru. How do the show’s locations stack up to their real-life counterparts? Find out after the jump!

  • Tuesday September 24, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Chihayafuru in Tokyo!

    Check out these real-world locations of Chihayafuru!

    The long-awaited third season of Chihayafuru is almost here, and soon we’ll be once again able to follow Chihaya on her path to becoming the queen of karuta. But in order to achieve that goal, she still has a lot of training ahead of her. So in this week’s installment of Anime vs. Real Life, let’s take a look at the real-life place where Chihaya is going to hone her karuta skills. Find out after the jump!

  • Tuesday September 17, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: More Locations for given's Jam Sessions

    Here's more real-world locations where the boys of given jam out

    Time to wind down a bit before the grand finale of given by taking a look at some new real-life locations from the show. Check out all of Mafuyu’s favorite date spots in this edition of Anime vs. Real Life, and see how given’s anime locations stack up to their real-life counterparts! Hit the jump for more!

  • Tuesday September 10, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: The Beautiful Setting of Sound of the Sky

    Check out the real-world locations of Sound of the Sky!

    Anime vs. Real Life ventures outside of Japan for the first time in a very long time, as this special installment focuses on the unique setting of Sound of the Sky. The anime’s iconic mountaintop town of Seize, with its seemingly floating houses that spectacularly jut out over deep gorges, actually exists in real life! Where? Find out after the jump!

  • Tuesday August 27, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Where the GRANBELM Tournament Takes Place

    Check out these real-world locations of GRANBELM!

    The few remaining mages from all over the world gather around Japan’s Lake Biwa to take part in the hard-fought GRANBELM tournament, just to have a shot at becoming the next princeps mage. So in this edition of Anime vs. Real Life, take a look at the real-world setting of GRANBELM, and see just where all the contestants prepare for their next big fight. Hit the jump for more!

  • Tuesday August 20, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Where the Boys of given Jam out in Real Life

    Check out these real-world locations of given!

    In this edition of Anime vs. Real Life, see how given’s anime locations stack up to their real-life counterparts! From the studio where the band rehearses, to all the cool little musical supply shops, it’s not only the guitars in given that are real, the show’s locations all exist as well! Hit the jump for more!

  • Tuesday May 14, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Laid-Back Camping in Yamanashi

    Check out over 100 real-life comparison images from Laid-Back Camp

    In this installment of Anime vs. Real Life, follow Wilhelm on his trip to almost all of the gorgeous Laid-Back Camp locations that Yamanashi Prefecture has to offer, and check out well over a hundred anime vs. real-life comparison images. Not only are all of the anime’s locations real, also some of the show’s side-characters are as well! Find out more after the jump!

  • Tuesday May 7, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Sarazanmai

    Check out the real-world locations of Sarazanmai

    Asakusa and Kappabashi are the perfect setting for a show as bizarre and surreal as Sarazanmai. In this edition of Anime vs. Real Life, learn all about the famous temple district, as well as Tokyo’s number one kitchenware street, which is infested with kappas in real life. Hit the jump for more, dish!

  • Thursday April 18, 2019
  • QUIZ: The Hardest Anime Quiz You’ll Ever Take

    Can you identify the anime?

    Time to put your anime knowledge to the test! Can you identify the anime just by looking at a close-up of an automated ticket gate? Probably not, but you might as well try! Hit the jump and give it your best shot!

  • Tuesday March 12, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Domestic Girlfriend

    Check out the real-wold locations of Domestic Girlfriend!

    Domestic Girlfriend has really upped the ante in the last couple episodes, with one raunchy development after the next. So in this edition of Anime vs. Real Life, let’s take a look at where exactly all this drama unfolds, and see how the anime’s locations stack up to their real-life counterparts. Hit the jump to find out!

  • Tuesday February 19, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Run with the Wind – Predicting the Team’s Starting Order

    Check out the latest real-world locations of Run with the Wind

    The moment of truth is almost here, as Haiji and his team is finally getting ready for the Hakone Ekiden, previewing the prestigious racecourse in the latest episode of Run with the Wind. So in this edition of Anime vs. Real Life, take a look at the show’s real-world locations, learn all about the relay race’s diverse stages, and hear Wilhelm’s thoughts on who should be running in which section of the Hakone Ekiden. All of that, after the jump!

  • Friday February 15, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

    Check out the real-world locations of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

    This week’s edition of Anime vs. Real Life takes a look at the real-life locations of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, where terrifying giant plushies run rampant in the streets of Tokyo. Where do they attack, which locations does the show share with Eromanga Sensei, and what are magical girls doing in Tijuana, Mexico? Find out all of that after the jump!

  • Tuesday February 5, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: Girly Air Force

    Check out the real-world locations of Girly Air Force!

    All a high-tech fighter jet wants nowadays isn't just some regular old maintenance check and an oil change; they want to go on dates and get treated to some local ramen. See where Kei takes Gripen to fuel up in this week's edition of Anime vs. Real Life, right after the jump! Barbie 01, cleared for takeoff! 

  • Wednesday January 30, 2019
  • Anime vs. Real Life: KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR

    Check out the real-world locations of KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR

    KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR shakes up its usual formula for the first time, not only granting us a look at a different side of the cunning Kaguya, but also shows us some neat anime locations. See how well the show’s locations stack up to their real-world counterparts, right after the jump!

  • Wednesday December 19, 2018
  • Anime vs. Real Life: ZOMBIE LAND SAGA’s Zombie Secret Revealed!

    Check out more real-world locations from ZOMBIE LAND SAGA

    The undead girls of Franchouchou have been tirelessly touring Saga, trying to revitalize the tucked-away prefecture, and are in turn raising its profile among anime fans worldwide. See how ZOMBIE LAND SAGA’s anime locations stack up to their real-world counterparts, and finally learn the secret behind the girl’s mysterious zombie powers! Hit the jump to find out!