Anime Tokyo Versus Real Tokyo

Anime Tokyo Versus Real Tokyo
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The Garden of Words is one of the most beautiful anime films in recent memory. Let’s see how it compares to Tokyo, the city where it takes place.

The movie, which came out in 2013, is set during Japan’s rainy season, when everything is lush, green and wet. You might’ve seen some of these comparisons before as meme images; they were recently uploaded by Japanese site Nijipoi.

Below, the top image is from the anime, while the bottom one is a photo.

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Comments

  • Hard to tell the difference on many of those. Which makes me wonder to what extent a computer aided the creation. At the very least, traced. But maybe even a filter run over a photo. Lots of the film gave me the impression that it wasn’t hand drawn. Still beautiful regardless, but maybe not as impressive as say, 5cm per second.

    • It’s a technique called rotoscoping, which is essentially tracing over a photo by hand. Awesome results, aren’t they! Those raindrops on the puddles, at the beginning of Garden of Words, had me double-take, wondering if they’d shown a real video.

  • This is something i loved about Japan, after years of watching anime and assuming that a lot of what i saw was creative licence, i was so amazed when it was actually as beautiful as i always wanted it to be.

  • More of a testament to the skill of the photographers in matching those scenes so presicely. You can make a painted image look however you like and matching reality isn’t hard because you have a perfect template to work from. But trying to get reality to match a created image, even a realistic one taken from life, is really, really hard!

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