Top 10 Anime Set in the Mountains [Japan Poll]

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What You Need to Know:

  • The mountains are a classic holiday spot to escape the heat. Fresh air, greenery, wildlife... It's nice and all, but if you'd rather sit indoors with the air conditioning on and watch some cute anime characters do the excercise instead, this is the list for you!
  • Akiba Souken recently asked Japanese anime fans which series set in the mountains they most wanted to watch in summer. The poll was held between August 3 and 17, and received 2736 votes in total.
  • So which mountainous anime series made it to the top of ranking hill? Would you recommend any others? Find out below!

Top 10 - Top 6


10. Yama Nezumi Rocky Chuck / 34 votes

9. Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) / 35 votes

8. Summer Wars / 38 votes

7. Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) / 47 votes

6. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (AnoHana) / 78 votes


Top 5 - Top 1


5. Hotarubi no Mori e

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82 votes

  • Episodes: 1
  • Aired: September 17 2011

Synopsis

Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear. In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.

Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.

Based on Yuki Midorikawa's manga of the same name, Hotarubi no Mori e is a tale of friendship and compromise of two people who should never have crossed paths, as their lives become hopelessly intertwined.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

4. Non Non Biyori

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235 votes

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: October 2013 - December 2013

Synopsis

Asahigaoka might look like typical, boring countryside to most; however, no day in this village can ever be considered colorless thanks to five students of varying ages occupying the only class in the only school in town. The youngest student is first grader Renge Miyauchi, who brings an unadulterated wit, curiosity, and her characteristic catchphrase, "Nyanpasu!" Then there are the Koshigaya siblings consisting of the quiet ninth grader and elder brother Suguru, diminutive eighth grader Komari, and the mischievous seventh grader Natsumi, whose appearance may fool you at first thanks to her constantly emulating her more mature older sister. The recent arrival of Tokyo-raised fifth grader Hotaru Ichijou, who appears overdeveloped for her age and thus naturally holds an air of maturity, rounds out this lively and vibrant group of five classmates.

Based on the manga penned and illustrated by Atto, Non Non Biyori chronicles the not-so-normal daily lives of this group of friends as they engage in their own brand of fun and frolic, and playfully struggle with the realities of living in a rural area.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

2. Flying Witch

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665 votes

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: April 2016 - June 2016

Synopsis

Makoto Kowata is a 15 year old girl and her goal is to become a full-fledged witch.
Witches. Many live up in the Tohoku region of Japan where there is bountiful nature and resources. There, they have a custom; “When one turns 15, they have become adult and must go forth to become a member of society.”

It’s spring and Makoto is a 15 year old witch who has decided to enter into high school. In order to become a full fledged witch, she and her black cat Chito move to Aomori Prefecture to live with her relatives. She meets her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu whom she has not seen in awhile. Makoto has fun living freely and carelessly with Nao and all of her other new friends! Today is also a fun day to live in Aomori, but sometimes though, she does encounter strange and mysterious incidents as well as she has to undergo proper training for how to be a witch. Along with the easygoing witches in Aomori, Makoto’s comfortable daily life begins.

Anime Database Page

Flying Witch - Anime Spring 2016

2. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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665 votes

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: April 2006 - September 2006

Synopsis

Keiichi Maebara has just moved to the quiet little village of Hinamizawa in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes inseparable friends with schoolmates Rena Ryuuguu, Mion Sonozaki, Satoko Houjou, and Rika Furude. However, darkness lurks underneath the seemingly idyllic life they lead.

As the village prepares for its annual festival, Keiichi learns about the local legends surrounding it. To his horror, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in the village in the recent years, and that they all seem to be connected to the festival and the village's patron god, Oyashiro. Keiichi tries to ask his new friends about these incidents, but they are suspiciously silent and refuse to give him the answers he needs. As more and more bizarre events occur, he wonders just what else his friends might be keeping from him, and if he can even trust them at all.

When madness and paranoia begin taking root in Keiichi's heart, he will stumble straight into the mysteries at work in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a story that is told across multiple arcs.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

1. Yama no Susume

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685 votes

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: January 2013 - March 2013

Synopsis

Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they've decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

(Source: Crunchyroll)

Source: Akiba Souken


flying-witch-560x342 Top 10 Anime Set in the Mountains [Japan Poll]
Woah, a tie between Higurashi and Flying Witch? I never thought I'd see the day where those two would be side by side!
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There's such a good mix of anime on here! I'm a bit sad Totoro didn't make it to the top ten though... And how did a three-minute anime beat the others?

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