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 11

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

This week is packed with great examples of walkability and transit oriented development in Ōtsu (大津).

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!

Yūta and Rikka’s commute to school includes a walk across the Seta River and through town via a portion of the Tōkaidō (東海道 East Sea Road).

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

The JR West Biwako Line (琵琶湖線) also crosses the river. The line name refers to the portion of the Tōkaidō Main Line between Kyōto Station and Maibara Station.

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

High, solid railings separate the pedestrian lane from traffic.

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!

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!

The sidewalk continues into the central business district.

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

Snack break on the walking path under the Tōkaidō.

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!

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!

Biwako Line

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!

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

Looking east from the platform at Keihan Ishiyama Station (京阪石山駅).

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

Yūta sees Rikka off from Keihan Ishiyama Station on a trip to her hometown in Fukui Prefecture.

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!

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!

Keihan 700 series train

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!

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!

The cabin looks like that of the 681 series and 683 series trains, so this is probably a Shirasagi (しらさぎ) or Thunderbird (サンダーバード) limited express.

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

PSYCHO-PASS

(サイコパス Saiko Pasu)
Watch: Funimation • Hulu

Episode 10

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Ten episodes in and I’m finally noticing a very important background detail. The water under the elevated highways isn’t there intentionally, it’s the result of sea level rise. If you look closely you can see the ruins of a building jutting out from the water. I’m thrilled to see a realistic depiction of climate change adaptation in popular culture. Now, if I could only get my government to stop debating about whether or not the problem exists.

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Low lying areas like Shinbashi (新橋) have been left to rot.

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Here comes the water.

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Old entrance to the subway. Interesting that the sign says 新新橋駅 (New Shinbashi Station), which doesn’t exist in present day.

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Kōgami is lured into a trap, which turns out to be the defunct Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (銀座線).

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

Saiko Pasu PSYCHO-PASS

A while back I griped at how, even in the setting of future Tokyo, it was disappointing to see still so many cars and elevated highways cutting through the city. But if you consider that rising sea levels will render many components of coastal urban infrastructure impracticable, especially subways, then the outcome is understandable, if unsatisfying.

Code:Breaker

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

Episode 10

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

This week is all about the dote (土手). These are earthen embankments intended to provide flood protection. Here in Code:Breaker, as in many anime, it’s strongly associated with childhood, innocence and playfulness.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Hitomi comes to the dote to remind himself of the purpose of his sacrifice and personal peril.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Pursuing a criminal on the streets

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Mourning the loss of a colleague at a cafe

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Another criminal pursuit. This time in an underground passageway, most likely connecting a train station with buildings in the vicinity. It’s dark, but you can see the closed shutters of what would be assorted vendors during operating hours.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Did you get enough dote for the week?

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Flashback to several years in the past. Ogami and Hitomi watch the construction of the Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) from a nearby bridge.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Look at that sidewalk.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Present day Tokyo Skytree

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Shinjuku (新宿)

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

The Studio ALTA building

Kamisama Kiss

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

Episode 11

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Mizuki arrives in Shibuya (渋谷) en route to Toranomon (虎ノ門) to find Kurama.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Shibuya 109. This shot is also used in the end credits to Code:Breaker.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Shibuya Koen Dori (渋谷公園通り). Watch a live webcam feed, 24/7

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

TV Tokyo headquarters in Toranomon

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Nanami drags Tomoe to an amusement park. What Nanami wants most is to watch the city lights at night from up high with Tomoe. One of these weeks, I’ll dive into more background about Ferris wheels in Japan. If seeing these animated is something that tickles your fancy, I recommend watching Honey and Clover.

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 11

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Yamaken walks up to the bus stop queue, only to hail a taxi, while playing through an inner monologue in which he can’t understand why he comes off as elitist.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Later, he pursues someone who appears to be Shizuku.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Not Shizuku

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Now Shizuku

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Haru sulks in the park, before he is encountered by Yamaken.

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

Haru waits under the bus shelter for Shizuku to finish cram school classes.

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun My Little Monster

Say “I love you”

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

Episode 10

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

Megu treats other students to lunch.

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

Mei’s walk home from school

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

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

Counseling session in the neighborhood park

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"

Hachiōji (八王子) with Mount Takao (高尾山) off in the distance

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