From fiction to reality09 Sep 2019
“De la fiction est née la réalité. Ne l’oublie jamais.”
“It’s truth that came from fiction. Always remember that.” – Paprika
Here are a few examples.
Melon Cream Soda in Haruhi Suzumiya
- The Haruhi Suzumiya series are based on real-life locations in Nishinomiya (halfway between Kobe and Osaka).
- Even the café in which Yuki orders a Melon Cream Soda exists in real life (although it has moved from the original location).
- The Melon Cream Soda was not originally available there, but presumably due to pressure from fans, it is now part of the menu.
That’s the whole point: from fiction it became reality.
See more photos of our Haruhi pilgrimage in Nishinomiya.
Uniforms from Kyoto Kogakuin High School
Back in 2016 when Mangaki received a prize from the Japan Foundation in Paris, the vice-president of Kyoto Manga Museum told us that they were struggling to make manga culture accepted in Japan (not as a subculture). He had such an example of fiction that becomes reality:
Source: Kyoto Kogakuin High School, Wikipedia
- Kyoto Kogakuin High School wanted to increase their girl rate.
- They got inspired from a manga called Taihen Yoku Dekimashita (Well Done) and changed their uniforms to match the ones from the manga.
- Did it worked? I don’t know, but it got covered by many media in Japan.
If you know other examples, let us know in the comments!