Can an animated film or series actually depict what an entire country is really like? Lots of anime-lovers like myself would wholeheartedly say yes! Despite the prevalence of magical and often unrealistic storylines, there are aspects of anime that really do show you what it’s like to live in modern-day Japan. For those who are interested in the backstory of this beautiful country, there are anime that accurately depict its rich history too. Which Anime most accurately represents life in Japan? And what aspects of Japanese life do most anime films and shows get right every time?

Japan’s love of anime is well documented and known throughout the world. We’re going to consider how anime came to be, how it became popular with western audiences, the things that most anime get right about Japan, and I’ll personally share a few of my favorites to get you started.

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