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Survival Guide: Lodging


Figuring out where to live may seem like the simplest of problems for a budding anime character, but given the difficulties of anime communications, economics, and relationships, it's actually a trying process for those just starting out. Here are some basic guidelines to setting up a homestead, catalogued by current personal status.

General Housing - Modern Cities and Towns

The first step in finding a place to live is to forget about anything you may know about real estate. Your best bet if you're a student with little money (which you most certainly are) is to look for a decent boarding house. Choose one that seems well-kept and cheery and full of mildly eccentric tenents. If you have access to a dormitory, try it out for a while, but know that eventually you'll end up breaking some obscure rule through no fault of your own, which will get you promptly evicted.

Military Service

For the most part, anime characters currently serving military terms have it pretty good as far as housing goes. They get to enjoy life in state-of-the-art military complexes and aboard some of the most technologically advanced spacecraft in the universe, provided they don't mind having their homes blown to dust every two weeks.

Barring alien invasion, however, an aspiring cadet can carve out a handy little life for him- or herself in a military installation. And since anime rules and regulations don't necessarily call for hard-nosed military professionalism, even the most rebellious individual can do well, even stealing a prototype aircraft or two.

Where to Live

Feudal Japan

If you're particularly good at ninja skills, check out feudal Japan, where the Shogun and the clan patriarchs always have some demons or something for you to do battle with. Living quarters are rather paltry, especially if you're not royalty, but you get to carve up bad guys on a daily basis in a generally cool manner. For more info on being a full-time ninja, see "Economics."

Lodoss

Called the "Cursed Island" by some narrators, Lodoss is actually a rather enjoyable place to live if you're into the being-a-hero business. You'll meet elves and dwarves and, assuming you can find a nice little hamlet to settle down in, find some rather pleasant country natives. Be warned though, that mystical forces are always balancing the course of history on Lodoss, so wars break out there with little or no warning or reason.

Macross City

Has a tendency to get teleported to other areas of space on short notice, but generally a good choice. If you get in early, you may find yourself part of a spectacular space adventure (again, those VF flight lessons pay off), and if you settle there after the war, you'll get to see one of the coolest city-scapes in history.

Marmo - Island south of Lodoss

Generally a bad idea, unless you enjoy land so corrupted by evil that dead things come back to life. It is a good place to ressurect Goddesses of Destruction, however, so if that's your particular career choice, you're in luck. On the whole though, very messy.

Mega Tokyo

One of many futuristic incarnations of Tokyo. Not a bad place to live, but if you spot a bunch of women in high-heeled armored suits battling a guy who turns into a giant robot, get the hell out of the way. And if you're looking for a job in either Genom or the Knight Sabres, your safest bet is probably janitor.

Neo Tokyo

If you're looking for a good place to settle down, build a family, and live a long and pleasant life in, this is definitely NOT the place. Besides the dinginess, vast govermental police power, and roving motorcycle gangs, Neo Tokyo is always about to explode. Long-term real estate is not suggested.

Planet Eden

It ain't named after paradise for nothing. Seriously, this is one of your best options. Rife with idyllic forest scenery, long, glistening beaches, and some truly exotic fauna, Planet Eden is probably one of the nicest places to live in anime. It also has one of the greatest concert halls known to mankind, and really spectactular nightlife all over the planet.

Tokyo

Marginally better than Neo Tokyo. While not technically about to explode within the forseeable future, it could go up at unexpected moments, and is usually the first city to get hit by large scale warfare and/or monsters. On the upside, depending on when you visit, you may have access to all sorts of neat cybernetic enhancements, cool weapons, and things that go BOOM when you touch them.