Top 5 Gardens in Anime Series

Tuesday's Top 5

We all know there are many pretty anime out there and flowers, particularly cherry blossoms, show up in a lot of stories (and usually look gorgeous). Today I’m looking at my favourite gardens in anime series (I excluded movies deliberately but still ended up with far too many options). This is definitely a list of my favourite picks so please feel free to tell me which anime gardens you love in the comments below.

Number 5: Blue Exorcist

Garden - Blue Exorcist

Rin first meets Shiemi when his brother takes him to visit the Garden of Amahara which ends up being important because Shiemi ends up being Rin’s first real friend. However, the garden itself is beautiful even if it is a little bit hostile when we first arrive there. What I love about it though is that it isn’t just decorative. The garden and plants in general play a fairly critical role in terms of exorcisms and healing throughout the story and so it seems right that this is where me meet Shiemi for the first time. That and it is really pretty.

Shiemi - Blue Exorcist

Number 4: The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family - Garden in Kyoto

The Eccentric Family takes place in Kyoto and a large part of it is showing the play between the human world, the natural world and the supernatural world. Needless to say we spend a lot of time outdoors and get to see some very nice looking gardens throughout the series. I love the garden that has the well in it where Yasaburo’s brother is for most of the first season transformed into a frog. However, we see a range of lovely gardens throughout the two seasons of the anime and visually this anime is worth noting.

Yasaburo visits the well - The Eccentric Family

Number 3: The World Is Still Beautiful

I’m not entirely sure this one fits in with the rest, but I really like the layout of the garden in this anime. It is incredibly tidy and sculptured compared to the others on this list, but I remember thinking how pretty the garden was the first time I watched the anime. And, given a lot of the story involves Nike trying to convince Livius that the world is beautiful, the garden features in quite a number of episodes in a variety of weather types.

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Number 2: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Chise - The Ancient Magus' Bride - Garden

Where do you even start with gardens in this story? The Ancient Magus’ Bride was gorgeous from start to finish and while I ultimately found the episode count a little too long and the story felt like it meandered too much, I cannot fault how beautiful they made the countryside look. Whether it is the garden Chise studies in or the rose garden where we meet the vampire character, there’s plenty of pretty sites to visit throughout the run of this anime and ever single scene is worth the effort.

Rose Garden - The Ancient Magus' Bride

Number 1: Snow White With The Red Hair

Snow White With The Red Hair - Shirayuki and Ryuu

I absolutely love the hillside garden in Snow White With The Red Hair. There are so many plants, forests, and greenhouses in this story and they are all gorgeous, but that hill covered in flowers and medicinal herbs is beautiful to look at and so many key story moments take place on or near the hill. Honestly, let’s just have an OVA that involves all the herbalists working on the hill and I’ll happily watch it. This is the garden that immediately came to mind when I started thinking about this list.

Snow White With The Red Hair - Shirayuki and the garden

And that’s my list for the week but as always I’d love to know your picks so be sure to let me know what your favourite anime garden is in the comments.

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20 thoughts on “Top 5 Gardens in Anime Series

  1. Literally, a gorgeous list! (While I was a bit put off by the muddled Fae lore in The Ancient Magus’ Bride, it was without doubt probably the single most beautifully drawn anime I’ve seen. Only Hakumei and Mikochi comes close–very close–but with a completely different artistic style. . .)

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  2. It’s not a traditional garden… But the first one that sprang to my mind was the bamboo grove in Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori. Having to walk through it to reach the restaurant must be incredibly relaxing, and it takes the restaurant out of the bustling city around it.

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  3. Either I haven’t watched many TV anime with gardens or I’ve never paid much attention to them. I only watched Ancient Magus Bride out of these five, and ended up dropping it after maybe 5 or 6 episodes. I had to go scan my list of completed anime to see if there were any that had attractive gardens, and the only one that jumped off the page at me was the indoor garden in Wish Upon the Pleiades where Subaru always meets up with Minato.

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  4. Nice to see you mention the spot where Rin met Shiemi. Like you said, the garden was functional _and_ beautiful.

    I’d forgotten all about The World Is Still Beautiful. Now that you mention it, it did have a beautiful garden, didn’t it?

    I might have placed The Ancient Magus’ Bride’s garden in #1 — but on sheer scale alone, I can’t argue with your pick.

    I really liked this topic!

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  5. Only garden I could even think of for a list like this is the garden in Nurarihyon no Mago, with that tree that the protagonist likes to sit in when he’s in his demon form.

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