I’ve been dealing a lot with character artists recently, and had a question before I get too far… I’ll start with a couple examples:
in the anime Hetalia, all the characters are based on countries. for instance, you’ve got America, Italy, France, etc. (stereotypes abound, lol). in-universe, these characters are from their respective countries, so should that be reflected in their areas and/or begin areas? should one or both of them be set to Japan, as that’s where the characters were created/originated? all 3 examples above have had their areas set to Japan.
on the flip-side, Vtubers (or Virtual YouTubers)… basically, they’re real people playing characters while streaming, singing, all that jazz. some of them have character origins and lore different from where they actually live. for instance, Tsukumo Sana is the embodiment of space and was created there (in-universe), but she lives in Australia, or Airani Iofifteen, who’s an alien, therefore from space as well, but she actually lives in Indonesia. currently for both, I’ve set the area as where they are, and the begin areas as [space].
other examples of note include SpongeBob SquarePants who lives in a pineapple under the sea, Sandy Cheeks a friend of SpongeBob’s canonically from Texas, Blue Diamond from Steven Universe, and The Doctor from Doctor Who (another alien). and that’s only picking out a few from areas atypical for artists, like [space] and [at sea].