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I've noticed that Robotics;Notes, Captain Earth, and Aldnoah.Zero all prominently feature Tanegashima (city in Japan). Are these series tied together in some way or is this just coincidence? (kind of like how Tokyo and Kyushu are featured in a lot of anime)

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Tanegashima island is prominently featured, most probably due to the fact that:

The headquarters of JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the Tanegashima Space Center spaceport is located at the southeastern end of the island.

About Tanegashima Space Center:

The Tanegashima Space Center (種子島宇宙センター Tanegashima Uchū Sentā) (TNSC) is a Japanese space development facility. It is located on Tanegashima, an island located 115 km south of Kyushu. It was established in 1969 when the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) was formed, and is now run by JAXA.

The activities that take place at TNSC include assembly, testing, launching and tracking of satellites, as well as rocket engine firing tests. It is Japan's largest space development center.

Tanegashima Space Center is featured not only in the 3 anime as mentioned in the question, but also in:

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Also, Tanegashima is pretty much as far south as you can get while still being more or less on the home islands, which makes it geographically interesting. (It being closest to the equator is, of course, why Tanegashima was chosen as the site for the space center in the first place.) –  senshin Dec 13 at 6:10
    
@senshin: Feel free to edit it in. I'm making this a community wiki since I don't know much myself and most content is copied from Wikipedia. –  nhahtdh Dec 13 at 6:14

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