Thousands of anime series take place in different, unique locations. However, a classic location for a series is on a boat or a ship, with the characters exploring the seas. From beach episodes to pirate-themed series, ships have become a classic form of transportation in anime. It has become a way for characters to find treasures, make memories or learn life lessons that will help them in future episodes.
With the rapid expansion of anime, numerous boats and ships can be seen in various series. However, some ships have long been forgotten. Only a few are memorable, and they hold a special place in the hearts of fans.
10/10 The Strange Goal of the Speranza
Classroom of the Elite
The Speranza is introduced in episode six of Class of the Elite. A luxurious cruise ship with numerous amenities for students to enjoy, such as five-star restaurants and a theater, the Speranza is a symbol of wealth. Not only can the school send its students aboard the luxury cruise line, but they seem to be the only people there.
What makes the ship interesting is its purpose. After completing a survival task, the students are not given time to relax. On the ship, the students are tested with a special exam, which allows them to earn VIP points. With excitement in the air, into the luxury cruise line Classroom of the Elite becomes a battlefield of mind.
9/10 The ghost ship
The ghost ship was featured in episode 95 of pokemon. It used to be a delivery ship, going to and from islands to deliver things. However, it got caught in a terrible storm and sank.
The ship was initially abandoned at the bottom of the ocean near Moro Island. However, it is lifted to the surface after investigators find the boat and retrieve the trophy, knocking over Ghastly and Haunter’s Poke Balls. The two were angry that their master’s trophy had been stolen, causing them to chase the ship. The ship is not left alone until Gastly and Haunter retrieve the trophy. The pokemon telekinetically lift the boat and place it where no one can disturb it.
8/10 (Almost) mass destruction on Princess Bulma
Dragon Ball Super
Princess Bulma can be seen in the third episode of Dragon Ball Super. Remarkable in size and amenities, the luxury cruise ship can hold an airplane, a car and a huge diamond – all in one room. The Princess Bulma resembles Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis-class cruise ship.
The ship is used for Bulma’s birthday party, which everyone enjoys until Vegeta learns that Beerus and Whis are visiting Earth. Although Vegeta is warned not to anger him, she ends up in a fight with Beerus that nearly destroys the planet. He almost unleashes mass destruction, but ultimately doesn’t. The Princess Bulma of Dragon Ball Super almost became the location of the end of the world.
7/10 The Hatamoto family cruise ship was a crime scene
The Hatamoto Family Cruise Ship was featured in episodes 22 and 23 of Case closed. This episode is especially for fans, as it marks the first time a crime has taken place on a boat. This is also the first time Detective Conan episode was split in half.
The Case closed episode begins with the ship calmly sailing. However, things change when Gozo Hatamoto’s body is found dead. Suddenly the ship turns into a crime scene. Afterwards, Tatsuo Hatamoto’s body lies on the deck, while Ichiro Hatamoto is found in a bathroom. Although the ship sails calmly, the events on board are dark and twisted.
6/10 The Espoir is the last chance for many
The Espoir, also known as The Ship of Hope, can be seen a lot on kaijic. Operated by the Teiai Corporation, this large vessel is not intended for luxury cruises nor does it provide any entertainment facilities. Instead, it is used for a darker premise.
In kaiji, debtors desperately trying to escape their gambling debt at The Espoir after taking a loan from Teiai. If they lose, they drown in even more debt, forcing gamblers to do manual labor for years. However, experienced players use the ship to constantly win and earn money. Neither happiness nor friendship will be found on this boat; instead, only debtors are found who are fighting for a new chance at life.
5/10 The floating city on the school ship
Girls and Panzer
The Schoolship is a gigantic transporter where high school students in Girls and Panzer. Each high school owns its ship and is responsible for its operation and maintenance. The ship is maintained in such a way that the occupants have the feeling of living a normal life on land.
This is no ordinary vessel. The Girls and Panzer ship has infrastructure and commercial buildings. It even has landscapes such as mountains, fields and farms. The schoolship ensures that the needs of each resident are met. It really is a city by the sea.
4/10 The Solaris and its advanced technology
The Mysterious Cities of Gold
The Solaris was featured in the seventh episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold. The Solaris is a Spanish solar powered vessel with a Greek inspired solar boost. For a boat meant to be from the 1500s, the technology it carries is way beyond what people expect of the era.
In The Mysterious Cities of Gold, it was described as the ship of the emperor of Mu, a high civilization race that was destroyed by disaster. When they were found by Mendoza and his sailors, they initially had no idea how to enter the galleon. However, by the end of the episode, the crew has used the Solaris to enter the New World.
3/10 The black dragon is connected to the flying Dutchman
The Nidhogg, also known as the Black Dragon, is a ghost ship piloted by the Flying Dutchman in soul eater. It is located in the Baltic Sea and is surrounded by a thick fog. This old wooden pirate ship is decorated with black sails and spikes, and the front of the boat resembles a giant mouth.
What makes this ship scary is what’s inside. The spirit of the trapped souls of people inhabits the ship and holds them captive. In addition, the ship is a direct link to the Flying Dutchman. This means that in soul eater, the Flying Dutchman cannot be defeated without sinking Nidhogg, as the two are intertwined.
2/10 Titanic déjà vu
The Campania is a luxury passenger ship that can be seen in Black butler. The ship is divided into a bow and stern and is subdivided into the first, second and third class. The ship is known to have an extraordinarily large number of boiler rooms.
What makes the ship so interesting is how it parallels the sinking of the real RMS Titanic. In black butler, the Campania plunges into an iceberg overnight, sinking the ship. After some passengers were evacuated, it began to capsize and those unable to get onto lifeboats died. The same thing happens with the Titanic. Grelle Sutcliff and Ronald Knox even recreated the iconic Jack and Rose scene from the 1997 movie Titanic.
1/10 The Going Merry is more than a ship and better than home
The Going Merry was first seen in Episode 17 of A piece. The Going Merry was the first full-size vessel the Straw Hat Pirates owned, and it served as the crew’s primary means of transportation through the East Blue, the Grand Line and Water 7.
The Going Merry is one of the most recognizable symbols of A piece. The figurehead of the boat, the sheep, is closely associated with the series next to the skull logo on the sail. Throughout the series, the figurehead shows different expressions, almost as if they were real. Unfortunately, the beloved ship – treated as a home and friend to the Straw Hat Pirates – suffered significant damage during its lifetime.
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