Whether you come from a land down under—or not—you’ll likely be aware that Australia is an expansive country of much diversity, and home to the world’s oldest Indigenous cultures.
From warm turquoise waters to vermillion deserts, eclectic urban culture and leafy rainforests, Australia is a place that’s fairly untouched in anime… but we’d like to see that change. Here are five anime that could easily be reimagined in an Australian setting!
Just some of the countries that can fit inside Australia. Source: Vivid Maps
Coffee Culture | The Disastrous Life of Saiki K
Let’s face it – there are two things in life that are constant: our anime streaming watch lists, and coffee cravings. Since AnimeLab is based in cosmopolitan Melbourne, here’s a shameless plug: Melbourne is the Aussie city for exquisite coffee.
We need this many coffee jellies to get going on a Monday.
Unlike Saiki’s cynical attitude towards, well, everything, the magic of Melbourne’s coffee culture never ceases to amaze. Painstakingly trying to select which brand of coffee jelly to purchase? We’d love to witness Saiki’s indecision with the array of coffee options at his psychic fingertips.
It’s almost as though Melburnian baristas share Saiki’s telepathy, with the myriads of coffee creations on inventory. No matter your gastric intolerance, they’ll find a milk replacement for you! Almond, soy, oat, coconut, macadamia, hemp… no wukkas.
If The Disastrous Life of Saiki K was based in Melbourne, we strongly feel that most episodes would involve Saiki Kusuo attending the grand openings of quirky new cafés out of FOMO, abusing his teleporting ability to get first in line.
And since the snakes in the city will no doubt slither into your café while you’re sipping your cold drip affogato, it pays to have psychic powers. Jokes – snakes aren’t usually city dwellers: the beetroot lattes are much more deadly.
Claiming New Zealand Things As Our Own | Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Princess Syalis is the queen of cool, calm and collected. Nonchalant in the face of being kidnapped by demons, and undeterred in thieving ‘comfortable’ things from around the castle to ensure she gets a restful sleep, we’d love to see her take on something iconic to Australia: claiming New Zealand things as our own.
To those outside down under, Australian and New Zealander accents may sound the same, but Aussies and Kiwis do enjoy a good bout of imitating each other’s linguistic intonations. How did we end up sounding so similar, yet drastically different? Which one came first… the kiwi or the egg?
If Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle was set in Australia, you’d better believe that Princess Syalis’ imprisonment would take place in a demon castle on the shores of Tasmania – home of the Tasmanian Devil. From there, she’d have prime position to ride a flying demon across the Tasman Sea to expertly steal things from New Zealand, just as Aussies have always done.
Two New Zealand cakes claimed as Australian include the pavlova and lamingtons – two sweet, fluffy, and impressively plush, pillow-like treats that might just give Princess Syalis the best sleep of her life.
The great Lamington War rages on. | Photo by MSHEV on Shutterstock
Whilst roaming the emerald mountains of Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand) in search of more five-finger discounts, Syalis might just have a Keith Urban playlist on repeat. No doubt she’d have the lyrics memorised, since he’s already been claimed by Australia…
BRB, I’m off to claim Jacinda Ardern as Aussie.
At the end of the day, it’s all in good humour and we Aussies unconditionally love our neighbours to the southeast. And even though we’re self-aware about this bad habit, we continue to thieve Kiwi things on the regular. Seriously, how do we sleep at night?
Deadly Creatures | Digimon series
Here’s some Digi(ad)vice for you: be prepared, because everything in Australia wants to kill you.
No creature from the Digital World bears the level of fierceness you’ll experience from Australia’s fauna: spiders, snakes, sharks, drop bears*, stonefish (that’s right, poisonous FISH), magpies, crocodiles, mozzies… the list goes on.
Trivia: Digimon Adventure 02 Ep 41 features a visit down under.
While it’s true that any number of Aussie wildlife species could be cast as evil Digimon in an Australian reboot, on the other hand, there are so many kawaii fluffy species unique to Australia that make the adorable Patamon look like a potato by comparison.
Sorry, Patamon. You’re still adorable.
Some of these ‘good guy’ Aussie-mons might be tasked with protecting visitors to Australia from the plethora of creatures that could lead to their demise.
A Tasmanian Devil-mon might intimidate potential predators with its fangs, but in reality, it’s actually just yawning and trying to catch some Zs.
Imagine being whisked away to safety in the warm solace of a Wallaby-mon’s marsupial pouch. You’d almost deliberately put yourself in danger to feel that soft, fuzzy comfort.
*Note: Drop bears are fictitious. Koalas are not bears, but marsupials. They are fluffy, adorable, and smell like eucalyptus. Sleeping up to 20 hours a day, koalas are herbivorous (i.e. they do not eat human flesh).
Cynical Humour | Pop Team Epic
Popuko and Pipimi are two cute girls who do insane things and swear like sailors. Their skits are jam-packed with references, absurdity, memes, and self-deprecating humour.
This is a koala, not a drop bear.
Combined, the aforementioned traits basically embody the Aussie larrikin spirit of having a laugh at oneself, parodying pretty much everything, and at times, having potty mouths.
In anime, the Australian state of Tasmania does not exist.
Pop Team Epic is one of the rare instances in anime where the existence of Australia is actually acknowledged (except for Tasmania, which was forgotten on the map!)
Because everything is trying to kill you in Australia.
Please excuse us while we go wash our mouths out with soap and cry into our Tasmanian wine.
Paranormal Activity | Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation
Like most countries around the globe, Australia has its fair share of paranormal activity and haunted locales. From crystallised caves to historic convict sites, spooky homesteads and even eerie natural rock formations, chances are you’ll also have the threat of ghosts to rock you to sleep during your stay down under.
Toru Muhyo is a steadfast and talented Executor who makes the business of exorcising ghosts seem effortless with his paranormal punishments—even when his assistant Roji is at his wit’s end.
Trying to decipher Aussie slang is punishment enough.
Imagine then, if Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation was based in Australia, and everyone’s favourite magical law duo spoke completely in slang. It might go something like this:
Roji: Yeah nah, cobber here is a bit iffy and I reckon he needs to shoot through. This is hard yakka and I’m stuffed, so ‘giz a hand – cheers!
Muhyo: According to Magical Law Article 000, for the crime of Having a Blue with Old Mate Roji, I sentence you to Deadset Cark It!
On second thought, literally nobody except for Aussies would understand the dialogue of such a show… in dub or sub…
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