Japanese anime blows minds with detailed depictions of landmarks in Singapore like The Merlion and Maxwell Food Centre

Japanese anime blows minds with detailed depictions of landmarks in Singapore like The Merlion and Maxwell Food Centre

Coconuts Singapore·2018-02-11 05:45

For those of you who aren’t into Japanese anime, there’s a television series called A Place Further Than The Universe (Sora yori mo Tooi Basho) that just started airing in Japan in January this year. But what’s so special about it, you ask? Well, a recent episode on Feb. 6 featured the four lead characters — who are en route to Antarctica — on a two-day layover in Singapore.

And boy, was it a beautifully done feature of our garden city. The level of detail on the artwork was superb, with impressive depictions of iconic landmarks such as Changi Airport, Ion Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, The Merlion, The Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, and Maxwell Food Centre.

Props to the artists with the mad skills.

Screengrabs of the anime made their rounds online, thanks to a viral Facebook post pointing out the ridiculously accurate representation of Singapore, and several netizens commented that the true to life portrayal could be done by tracings of photo composite backgrounds. But still. The amount of research put in by Madhouse — the Japanese studio behind the series — is admirable.

Just scroll through some of the images below.

Changi Airport, lookin’ good. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Why yes, we do happen to speak English here. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Ion Orchard, all shiny as usual. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Even the Orchard MRT station exit made it in there. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

And yes, here’s the familiar sight of the ice cream uncle along Orchard Road. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Drone shot of Esplanade Bridge. And is that an SBS Transit bus? Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

The Wheel of Misfortune, sorry, Singapore Flyer. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Of course they hopped on a boat and cruised along the Singapore River to see The Esplanade. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

The standard shot of Marina Bay Sands, the Helix Bridge, and the ArtScience Museum all in one. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Can’t forget about the light show at MBS. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Gardens by the Bay all lit. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Maxwell Food Centre, looking cleaner than usual. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Naturally, they had to get in line for Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice. Although why pair it with kaya toast, we have no idea. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Because you can’t come to Singapore and not try durians. Photo: Ahmad Syalabi/Facebook

Pretty cool stuff, for sure. Check out the video below for more scenes of Singapore from the episode.


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