Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may have current episode available at the time this column is published.

Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

(中二病でも恋がしたい! Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!)
Watch: Anime Network

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Episode 10

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Yūta and Rikka each try to work up the courage to confess their feelings for the other. The buildup begins as they leave the school cultural festival preparation, stopping first at Keihan Ishiyama Station.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Attempt number two happens inside the “EcDonald’s” across from the station, where they’ve taken shelter from the rain.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Through the window on the left: bicycle parking

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Crossing the Seta River using the Tōkaidō bridge pedestrian lane. It’s hard to believe, but this is actually the original Tōkaidō (東海道 East Sea Road), the route which has connected Kyoto and Tokyo since the Edo period and from which the Tōkaidō Shinkansen and Tōkaidō Main Line take their names. These days, the trains and Tōmei and Meishin Expressways serve the role of the original route.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

They retrieve Rikka’s umbrella from under the bridge, on the pedestrian path that runs along the east shore of Seta River.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Looking southwest across the river, the other bridges and buildings on the shore provide convenient mood lighting.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Yūta hesitates as a cyclist goes past.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Finally!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Tōka and Yūta meet at a famiresu to talk about how to help Rikka. Unlike a family restaurant in the US, famiresu are a bit more versatile, combining the roles of casual dining, cafe and public-ish space. While you can order a meal and leave when finished, you can also just sit and chat with friends over a continuous stream of coffee and cake, and even stay through the night if the location is 24-hours.

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Regardless of My Adolescent Delusions of Grandeur, I Want a Date!

Say “I love you”

(好きっていいなよ。 Suki-tte Ii na yo.)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 9

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Yamato wants to wait for Mei to finish her shift working at the bakery.

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

He kills time strolling the pedestrian shopping street (shōtengai 商店街) adjacent to Hachiōji Station.

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Residential neighborhood small streets

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Pedestrian bridge crossing the canal near school

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Kamisama Kiss

(神様はじめました Kamisama Hajimemashita)
Watch: Funimation • Hulu

Episode 10

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Covered bicycle parking at Nanami’s highschool

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Karaoke

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Anyone know where this is? Might be in Kawagoe, but could also be somewhere on the west side of Tokyo.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

My Little Monster

(となりの怪物くん Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 10

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

The commercial district is decked out for Christmas.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

KFC does a brisk business at this time of year in Japan.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Christmas party at the batting center

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Shizuku’s stairs

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Code:Breaker

(コード: ブレイカー Kōdo:Bureikā)
Watch: FunimationHulu

Episode 9

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Footbridge

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Pedestrian lanes on both sides of this bridge

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Can’t figure out what bridge this is supposed to be. There aren’t that many with a direct sight line to Tokyo Skytree, but none look anything like this. Maybe I’m chasing a phantom ^_^