How cool are we?!
Yes, we may be a pretty small country compared to Japan but for them to acknowledge us in their animes, for the whole world to watch? *unidentified squealing* Let’s count down the 3 times we have been referenced in anime shows!
Will you look at that?
This anime revolves around friends who bond under the school’s literature club. Their shared interests prompt them to solve mysteries around the school together. In one scene, we can see an array of postcards scattered on the table. These postcards and stamps feature ‘Malaysia’ and also our pride and joy, the ‘Jalur Gemilang’ which is our national flag. But that’s not all! Take a closer look and you can see our wild animals as well.
2. Nana Maru-San Batsu
This anime tells the life of Shiki Koshiyama, who joins the Quiz Bowl Circle club with his classmate Mari Fukami. In one scene of the anime, the teams were presented with a question, and somehow, the answer was “Delight at Johor Bahru”.
Make what you will out of it!
3. Sangatsu No Lion
Set in Tokyo, this series follows the daily life of 17-year-old Rei. He lives by himself after his parents and younger sister dies in an accident. In one scene, Rei receives a postcard from his estranged family who had travelled to Malaysia.
4. Cowboy Bebop
Spike and his deadly rivalry with Vicious (an ambitious criminal affiliated with the Red Dragon Syndicate), who was once his partner and friends, is the main plot of the story.
In one scene, a quick shot of Kuala Lumpur KLCC can be seen! It’s very brief though, so you might miss it if you blink.
The story follows the daily lives of multiple characters in the town of Tokisadame. Random occurrences flow throughout different character arcs, although Nano receives the most screen time.
There are multiple Malaysian references scattered throughout this anime, so be on the lookout! If you’ve noticed our nation mentioned in any other anime, let us know in the comments so we can squeal in excitement, together!
*Cover image via Desu Zone