An image shared on news-sharing site Reddit showed several depictions of the Philippines in the anime series Charlotte. Shared last September 28 by Redditor "thirdworldpcgamer," the collage contained six screencaps featuring everyday Philippine sights such as a Motolite ad, a guy in tsinelas sporting that trademark ghetto-blonde look, and shanties.
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The image drew positive comments on how accurate the images felt and fueled speculations on which real-life locations inspired the anime scenes while some joked that the scenarios were too clean for Philippine standards. The link to the actual episode is also in the thread.
Interestingly, the conversations eventually brought to light several other instances where the Philippines was featured in Japanese works. One was a segment from the Square (now Square-Enix) strategy game Front Mission 3 for the original PlayStation. The game was a military drama involving mechs and battles and campaigns around the world, some of which involved the Philippines. In it, we've progressed enough to have our own space shuttle (!!!):
The landmark 1995 action anime film Ghost In The Shell was also mentioned for featuring what appears to be a San Miguel Pale Pilsen being enjoyed by the lead character Motoko Kusanagi:
Her comrade Batou does the same:
Now, let's have a closer look at the scenes from Charlotte.
That's definitely a Honda Accord with the older Philippine plate featuring Rizal's statue. Anyone who's from Pampanga should be able to recognize this street.
The slums are looking pretty accurate with all the clothes hung to dry, the characters' attire, and the patchwork house construction.
Above: Every Street, Philippines
Here, a car battery brand gets some mileage. On the far left is a Wi-Fi sign cut off by the frame, which looks like one of those signs you see plastered on motel facades in Cubao.
The hair. The tsinelas. The baller band. The shorts. The stance. SO US.
Here' where the anime gets it all wrong: We obviously don't have yellow eyes, duh.
Where else have you seen depictions of the Philippines in international works?