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10 Fictional Universes SHX Would Like to Live In

Written by  Published June 8, 2015 04:49
One of the wonders of fiction when it comes to storytelling that it shows us, the audiences, things we wish could exist in the real world but does not and never will. Although there are unreal things we wouldn't want to exist in our world, we always think of fiction as an escape from reality, which is actually its essence. Sometimes, we find ourselves wishing we could live in the universes of our favorite works of fiction, and that I say is okay because let's face it, fictional characters live in what goes beyond the limits of where we exist in, and sometimes, the real world can seem like a more dull and unpleasant place than the unreal worlds we explore ourselves through consumption of film, radio serials, television, novels, stage plays, and even video games.

As for me, being a genre fan, I thought to myself, "If I could live in any universe other than the universe I know, what would it be?", but choosing one is not easy. So, for fun, I present you, my list of the 10 fictional universe I would like to live in, and read along as you will see the justifications for my choices.

1) Star Trek Universe

Universe 1

This universe, originated by legendary television producer Gene Roddenberry, presents us a fictional vision of future, where life on Earth is free of conflict between gender, race, and nation, a conflict we are still far from leaving behind for good unfortunately.

I, for one, would like to live in such a universe of prosperity. Also, the state-of-the-art starships of this universe, especially those of Starfleet are, as Spock would say "fascinating", and one could never go wrong with living aboard a ship equipped from transporter rooms, holodecks, warp drive, and shield defenses while exploring the unknown, but I'd chose live on a Starfleet vessel as a civilian to avoid being bounded by Starfleet's sometimes-questionable Prime Directive even in times of personal danger.


2) Captain Harlock/Galaxy Express 999 Universe

Universe 2

While the Earth in this anime/manga universe is an unpleasant place, nothing beats living on board the space pirate Captain Harlock's invincible space battleship Arcadia, where everyone is free to fight for what one believes without interference from corrupt politics on Earth.

Plus, thanks to the ring of time effect, a concept used by Captain Harlock creator Leiji Matsumoto to explain the variation of Harlock's history throughout his multiple works, I could always have my history rebooted in all sorts of alternate directions, even as an opportunity to make up for downhill scenarios in a previous timeline.


3) Kantai Collection Universe

Universe 3

Despite the lack of the male gender's visual presence in the Kantai Collection anime series, its fictional universe no doubt gets a place in this list. Who would not want to be surrounded by friendly and beautiful females dressed in out-of-this-reality outfits with militaristic armaments?

Some of them would make ideal best friends and playmates for me. And since I am afraid of going underwater, those warrior gals could be useful in helping me not drown with construction of my own water skies to help me stand on water at all times.


4) Gurren Lagann Universe

Universe 4

One of anime's most imaginative universes. Living there could give me not only great comrades, but also, through Simon the Digger's trademark power drill, the ability to do the impossible in ways I can't in the real world, such as combining smaller vehicles to form a galaxy-sized fighting machine, and undoing death of loved ones.

The Gurren Lagann universe is one where believing in oneself leads can lead to endless positive outcomes, and that is a good thing.


5) DC Universe

Universe 5

Seriously, who would not want to live in one of the greatest fictional universes ever introduced in comics? This one's got super-heroes of all kinds in all sorts of eras in time, with or without special powers, and you can always count on the extraordinary super-hero Superman to show up in extreme dangers beyond human control. Plus, it has Ra's Al Ghul's famous lazerus pits, which could be of use for me should I want to resurrect the dead.


6) Marvel Universe

Universe 6

This one's just as cool as the DC Universe except for the part about mutant controversy. Nevertheless, nothing in the Marvel Universe beats hanging around with extraordinary humans like a man of many armors, a blue-suited military soldier with super agility, a green muscular loner never stops helping the innocent in times they can't help themselves despite odds thrown at him, and a wall-crawling and web-slinging scientist with sensory powers beyond the limits of a normal human.


7) Family Guy/American Dad/Cleveland Show Universe

Universe 7

While home of some of the funniest characters ever introduced in American Animation, I would definitely find comfort living there. We are talking a universe of beings not afraid to speak their minds at all times or even rebel against corrupt politics to the very end when things go out of hand. And who would not want to spend a day at a bar, sharing stories without limits with talking animals, and gray-skinned alien master of disguise, and a talking baby who speaks the language of grown ups?


8) Gundam Seed Universe

Universe 8

This anime universe, though never without war, is a perfect one as it has not only mobile suits, but also humans who can be born with or modified after birth to possess genetic enhancements to increase their intellects and invulnerabilities. Not only would I like to own a nearly-indestructible mobile suit, but I could also get the chance possess superior human abilities, including the power to interact with the dead.


9) Ghost in the Shell Universe

Universe 9

One of things I hate most about being human is living with a limited lifespan. In the world of Ghost in the Shell, humans are free to discard their organic bodies in favor of cyborg bodies should they wish to extend their lifespans and avoid illness, and bodies can always be replaced as much times as desired. I, for, one would choose to become a cyborg and get the chance to interface with the net in with a cyberized brain.


10) Doctor Who/Torchwood Universe (or Whoniverse)

Universe 10

Like anyone who watches Doctor Who, I wish I could travel through time and space, discovering all sorts of civilizations and planets. Living in the Doctor Who Universe could grant me the chance to travel in a space-time blue box even for the opportunity to sometimes get away from daily life perils of ordinary human life, and I could always prolong my aging whenever inside the TARDIS. And who would not want the chance to eliminate death like what happened in the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood's "Miracle Day"? I would like the chance.

Every fictional universe, no matter what perils exist, has its own set of desirable attributes we humans , whatever we are fans of, wish we could have but can't. We may not access them in the same literal we enter a building, but we can always dream in our sleep about things beyond reality. As for you, feel free to comment on what fictional universes would you like to live in and why the comment box.

Thanks for reading, see you next time, and never be ashamed to dream about the unreal during your sleep times.

Christopher Arnold

Meet Montreal Island-born fanboy Christopher Arnold. He is a fan of a number of things: comic book action/adventure heroes (the superhero kind included), science-fiction, horror, Japanese Animation, action figure collecting, cosplay photography, and fan art. While his main column focus at ENR is action/adventure storytelling (regardless of if it includes sci-fi, horror, fantasy), when it comes to reviewing/analyzing material, whether it be comics/graphic novels, film, or even television, he is the kind of person to avoid judging a work of fiction by time of release and by nation of origin (and that's part of his moral code). Also, he's not afraid to admit if he finds comparison between two unrelated media properties. While he enjoys serving you, the readers, he's not the kind to show his true face on social media (so PLEASE, RESPECT HIS PRIVACY).

Last modified on Monday, 08 June 2015 17:09
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