Written by Jess JavniJanuary 22, 2021
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!
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.
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.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
Saiki Kusuo is a typical 16-year-old high school student…except he has psychic powers. He can use them to get whatever he wants, but he also knows everything that people are thinking. Everything. No surprises, no secrets, no normal human experiences.
He’s kept his powers in check since childhood, but with the temptations of high school now on his mind, he’s bending the rules—and spoons.
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.
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…
Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
Imprisoned in the castle of the Demon King, all spoiled-sweet Princess Syalis dreams of is a good night’s sleep!
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.
*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).
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.
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.
Imagine being whisked away from the dangers of the Real World 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.
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.
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.
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!)
Please excuse us while we go wash our mouths out with soap and cry into our Tasmanian wine.
Two high school girls, the short and exceptionally quick to anger Popuko, and the tall and much more calm Pipimi, do insane things and swear like sailors in this absurdist comedy filled with references and meta humor.
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.
Trying to decipher Aussie slang is punishment enough.
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.
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…
Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation
Are you a victim of unwanted spirit possession? Is there a ghost you need sent up and away… or down to burn for all eternity? If the answer is “yes,” then you need Muhyo and Roji, the experts in supernatural law. Serving justice to evil spirits is their specialty.
Now check out our sister story, Anime That Could Easily Be Based in New Zealand!
Which anime do you think would be awesome as an Australian reboot? Let us know on our social channels!
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