The amazing thing about anime is how it can make anything look beautiful – just look at the Crayon Shin-chan series! While Shin-chan and his family are unmistakably ugly (they were designed that way, after all), they’re still pretty decent to look at, in a cute anime way. Just take a look at Shin-chan and his parents in Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy and you’ll see what we mean.

Misae and Hiroshi in Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon - The Lost Daddy. Credit: Odex

Misae and Hiroshi in Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy. Credit: Odex

See Misae (Shin-chan’s mum) and Hiroshi (Shin-chan’s dad) above? Despite their usual misshapen demeanour, the Crayon Shin-chan animators prove that they’ve mastered the art of anime by rendering them as a fairly good-looking couple above.

And that’s the magic of anime – it can romanticise virtually anything and make it look good. Pick any location that’s been shown on anime and we guarantee you, it’ll look a lot better than the original. To show you what we mean, here are five places that have been wonderfully romanticised in anime.


1. McDonald’s

Good old McDonald’s. While it’s our place to go for comfort food, it isn’t what you’d call… beautiful. Nor is the food very Instagrammable – it certainly looks good in product photos, but the actual Big Mac McSpicy (does anyone actually order Big Macs nowadays?) that ends up on your tray is usually a messy, sloppily stacked burger with bits of lettuce and sauce all over the burger box.

Which is why this McDonald’s anime commercial is so amazing. The food actually looks tastier than all those photos you see at the bus stop billboards, and McDonald’s is presented as a beautiful, idyllic heaven to work in. It makes you want to get up and scoot down to your nearest McDonald’s for a job.

Who knows – you might even find your senpai there!


2. Japan (My Hero Academia)

My Hero Academia is what happens when you cross Western superheroes with Japanese aesthetics and storylines. In a world filled with super-powered beings (super powers are called “Quirks” in the series), a school has been set up to train potential supers to utilise their powers well and raise the next generation of superheroes. Of course, there are some sinister shenanigans in the background, but most episodes are about massive fights between superheroes – done anime style.

Now, Japan is already a picturesque country by any standard. But because My Hero Academia is all about spandex-clad superheroes battling each other for supremacy, it has to have equally epic settings for the heroes to battle in. So it’s no wonder that Japan looks gorgeous in the anime – from the romantic sakura parks to the avant garde cityscapes.

Ready to book your next air ticket to Japan?


3. Singapore (Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire)

Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire is the most recent Detective Conan film (it just came out last month!), and it’s the most memorable one yet – because it takes place in Singapore! That’s right – in the film, pint-sized Detective Conan and his allies have to investigate a mysterious murder that involves pirates, giant sapphires, and even a collapsing Singapore landmark (we’re not telling you which one though, you’ll have to catch it for yourself to find out)!

If you’re Singaporean, you’ll be blown away by Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire‘s depiction of our country – from the Marina Bay Sands area to Maxwell Market to ordinary coffeeshops. The production team made several trips down to Singapore for reference shots and research before they started animating the film, which accounts for accurate details in all the locations featured. But why was Singapore featured in the latest Detective Conan film?

It’s a pretty interesting story that involves Gosho Aoyama, and a trip that he made to Singapore.


4. World countries (Hetalia: Axis Powers)

Hetalia: Axis Powers is an apolitical political anime. You read that right – an apolitical political anime that’s mostly a comedy. That’s because all the character in the series are actually countries – countries which have been personified as people. The main characters are Italy, Germany, and Japan. In true anime fashion, they’ve all been portrayed as incredibly good-looking representatives of their country, dressed in their respective country’s national garb.

The series often shows comedic dramatisations of famous world events – but in an apolitical (mostly) way, of course. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love all the side jokes and sly references to history that pops up in Hetalia: Axis Powers. While the series doesn’t technically show us a location (in terms of countries), it does romanticise many countries by giving them handsome forms that make us see them in a totally different light.


5. Australia (Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy)

Australia is a pretty great place to go for a holiday, but Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy takes it up a notch by showing us an anime version of Australia. As you might have guessed from the title, it’s about Misae and Hiroshi’s honeymoon (they’ve actually never had a honeymoon before, in all their years of marriage) – but things go wrong, as is wont to happen in a Crayon Shin-chan film. It’s a chance for the anime to show the wilds of Australia as the characters are forced to venture into a restricted area in the film.

But why did they end up going to Australia? Well, that’s because they saw Australia as a wonderful place to spend their honeymoon – as the anime shows you – and it was… at first. But life is never peaceful for the Nohara family, so even though they’re in a beautiful country, they can’t enjoy it as much as they’d like.

If you guessed that Hiroshi gets kidnapped in the Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy, you’re absolutely right! Toshiyuki Morikawa voices Hiroshi in this film, instead of the character’s regular voice actor Keiji Fujiwara – but we’re sure you can’t tell the difference. As the Noharas venture into the deepest jungles of Australia, they find themselves having to rescue the family patriarch while staying alive. Fortunately, they have the assistance of famous treasure hunter Indy Junko (Haruka Kinami). Yumiko Kobayashi and Miki Narahashi return to voice Shin-chan and Misae, respectively.

Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon - The Lost Daddy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Are you ready to tag along with the Nohara family in Crayon Shin-chan: Dangerous Honeymoon – The Lost Daddy?

Credits: Golden Village Cinemas


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