The post-apocalyptic world is a popular setting for anime. It offers a picture of a future that might be if the world as we know came to an end. The writers who concoct these anime seem to pull from a shared apothecary. Not all ingredients are always used but it is easy to spot similarities.
It’s scary out there:
Living a bitter existence seems to be an almost universal theme in the post-apocalyptic anime world. The setting has a tendency to be a dark, grim, and suspect place. ‘Ergo Proxy’ serves as prime example. The world suffered a disaster that forces people to vie for a place in a protected city. The city serves as a bubble of comfort in a harsh and devastated world. However, even within the confines of this bubble there are hints of secrets and intrigue. What’s more, those that do not strictly abide by rules and expectations are liable to lose everything.
Not all anime have the exact mock up as ‘Ergo Proxy’ but there are elements that carry over. The masses are timid or at least more concerned with getting by than making the world a better place. Disparity of wealth is obvious. The world outside the bubble of protection is always demonized, reinforcing a reliance on those who offer protection.
A wicked suit of armor:
Many anime cultivate a setting where humanity is in a time of war. Sometimes this war is among humans and other times humanity unites against a common alien foe. In either case, before the world suffered a cataclysmic event, or because it did, technology made huge leaps from where it is now.
A common weapon to combat the post-apocalyptic threat is mechanized armor. These suits of robotic armor often stand as the key to survival. ‘Evangelion’ is one of the most renowned for adopting mecha to ward off threats against humanity. With each confrontation, those piloting mecha units are relied on to save the world from total catastrophe.
If the end of the world wasn’t enough, the post-apocalyptic anime denizen usually contends with a host of other problems. Often times, there is an ongoing struggle to find food and safety. Even if there are added nasty critters or aliens looking to wipe out humanity, fellow human beings tend to be a threat just as dangerous as anything else.
‘Desert Punk’ is rife with people looking to cheat each other or pull a scam for their own benefit. ‘High School of the Dead’ shows how some people will quickly throw away any shred of decency and kill each other in a time of panic because they believe it will help with survival.