As many staple visuals in anime are drawn from cultural concepts and events in Japan, if one looks hard enough, anime in the real world becomes visible everywhere. The classic festival episodes, sports arcs, and cherry-blossom-filled walkways really do exist. Whether they're otakus are not, people do more anime things in their lives than they realize. Some of the people caught in the act even look like real-life anime characters.
So what would anime look like in the actual world? Not as costume play or live-action films, but as realistic occurrences? Compiled here are side-by-side comparisons that will give you an idea of what anime would really look like if it leapt from the screen into the physical world. Vote up the funniest photos of people doing things you see in anime.
Looking Over And Realizing You're No Longer Bathing AlonePhoto: spDuchamp via Flickr, TBS67054Did they nail it?
Anime Has Made Train Crossings One Of The Best Places For Self-Reflection60899Did they nail it?
Getting A Piggyback Ride From Your Crush When You're Too Drunk To Walk By Yourself57691Did they nail it?
Doing Anything Else Besides After School Clean UpPhoto: Danny Choo via Flickr, TBS54884Did they nail it?