It’s possible that you’ve heard through the grapevine (and by grapevine, I mean the post directly below this one) that I went on a bit of a self-discovery road trip through California for about twelve days. It was a wonderful: I met new people, bonded with lifetime friends and got tazed by a cop in San Diego. It was quite the experience – I learned a lot hopping from town to town while meeting new people. There are a lot of lovely places out there, even if you don’t know where to look.
But a common discussion I often found myself having with locals, especially with many my age, was “what do you even see in a place like this.” Being the smooth gentleman I am, I often responded with a classy “nothing’s getting old, we’re just growing up,” but of course, I was an outsider looking in: a city like Los Angeles or a homely small town such as San Ardo will always stun me. Still, wherever we call home, the where is important. We might not notice what makes a home so special because we’ve become so comfortable with it, something I’m learning as I’m packing for my move. For many characters inhabiting the worlds of anime, home is like this too – inhabitants may not notice something strange but to us tourists, the worlds of fiction are wonderful and exciting. Although I can’t say that I could call any I’ve come across home just yet, here are a few that I would love to visit someday.