Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

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.

Tamako Market

(たまこまーけっと Tamako Māketto)
Watch: Anime Network

Google Map Update

New locations added and tallies updated.

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Kyoto local @kaga_ywyk, the 2am “real-time” pilgrim from last week, has been taking the lead on greeting pilgrims arriving in the city and organizing meetings. Their location of choice has been the Hananami cafe/bar (喫茶 華波 ・ BAR 華波様楽), the model for the show’s Stars and Clowns cafe/record shop. The manager of Hanami has been increasingly active in the Twitter chatter about the show (@Hananamiyouraku) and seems to be quite a character

In print editions from around Kansai as well as online, the Asahi Shimbun ran a story on 2/21 about fans making Tamako Market pilgrimages to the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街), the model for the show’s Usagiyama Shōtengai.

Last weekend’s pilgrimages generated two blog posts with screen captures and photographs of scenes up through episode 6, one from @etesuke (post) and another from @kbt_tigers1985 (post)—yes, he’s a Hanshin Tigers fan.

In addition, videographer @ts_kobaya was granted official permission to film and given a formal tour of Seibo Jogakuin (聖母女学院), the multi-level academy that is the model for the school in Tamako Market:

NOTE 2013/02/26: Kobaya is re-editing the video for some reason. Will update this post once the new version is live:

Episode 7

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Usagiyama Shōtengai has a new visitor from an unnamed tropical island country, Choi.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

As Choi explores the neighborhood, she brings us to the grassy embankment (土手 dote) on the west bank of the Kamo River (鴨川) just north of the point where the Takano River (高野川) meets and feeds into it near Demachiyanagi Station (出町柳駅). This isn’t far from the Masugata Shōtengai.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

All of the shōtengai shopkeepers come out to meet the visitor.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Choi is introduced to Usa-yu, the public bath (銭湯 sentō).

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

All along I had thought that building on the left was “moved” a few meters up the street and remolded as Ōji-ya/Ricecake Oh!Zee, but in this camera angle we can see that it’s still very much its own thing. Google Map has been fixed!

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

After business hours at Miyako Udon, the bath house owner reflects on the pending marriage of his daughter.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Nice detail shots after closing time in the shōtengai.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Encouragement of Climb

(ヤマノススメ Yama no Susume)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 8

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Aoi and Hinata are headed to Mount Takao (高尾山) in Hachiōji (八王子). Here, they’re arriving via the Keiō Takao Line (京王高尾線), but you can also make the trip from central Tokyo on the JR Chūō Line (中央本線).

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Takaosanguchi Station (高尾山口駅)

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

The Takaotozan Railway (高尾登山電鉄) operates both a ropeway and funicular rail line that will take you halfway up the mountain, though Aoi decides they will climb the whole way on their own. Go ahead, try to say ‘funicular’ three times fast.

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

(ささみさん@がんばらない)
Watch: Anime Network

I’ve been watching but not including this show since it began airing. While interesting, much of the story takes place inside Sasami’s paranoid delusions, so the pacing and deformation of environment are challenging to analyze. Lately things have gotten too good to pass up, so I’ll try my best to distill the useful bits here.

Ending Credits, Episodes 3-6

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

In the credits, Sasami, later joined by her entourage, walk past a deconstructed “neighborhood” as storefronts and various pieces of infrastructure pop up. In a way, it’s a little like reducing Steve Mouzon’s “walk appeal” concept to its essence. We’re willing to make walking one of our personal mobility choices when there are interesting twists and things to observe along the way.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

At one point she stops to wait at a grade level rail crossing (踏切 fumikiri).

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

If you’re in Tokyo, you can actually go see this particular fumikiri, but only for a very limited time. As of 3/16/2013 the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line (東急東横線) segment between Daikanyama Station and Shibuya Station will move to the new underground track, and all of the crossing gates removed. This one is close to Daikanyama Station in the direction of Shibuya.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Episode 5

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

This neighborhood is in Igusa, Suginami Ward, Tokyo.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Episode 6

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

This shōtengai, Asagaya Play Center (I think) (阿佐谷パールセンター), is adjacent to Asagaya Station (阿佐ヶ谷駅) on the Chūō Line (中央本線).

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

If you look at all of the locations used in the show so far, you notice that compared with most shows that generally stick to a neighborhood or general area of a city, Sasami-san@Ganbaranai is a bit more all over the map, so to speak:

Amnesia

(アムネシア Amuneshia)
Watch: CrunchyrollAnime Network

Episode 7

Amnesia アムネシア

South gate of Ochanomizu University (お茶の水女子大学). We’ve seen the main gate in an earlier episode.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

The Heroine waits for Kent at Sugamo Station (巣鴨駅). Funny that they’ve substituted different kanji in the station name, but the rōmaji on the signage still says ‘Sugamo’.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

They walk through the local neighborhood to attend a temple festival (祭 matsuri). There are several temples near Sugamo Station, but I couldn’t positively identify this one. In Amnesia, depictions of transit and the settings around Ikebukuro are quite true to life, while elsewhere the art is more loosely based on neighborhoods and points of interest in Toshima Ward.

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

Blast of Tempest

(絶園のテンペスト Zetsuen no Tenpesuto)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 19

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

Arterial road with pedestrian overcrossing

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

Shōtengai

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

It’s not marked, but that’s definitely the Japanese Bush Warbler green of the JR Yamanote Line.

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

Blast of Tempest 絶園のテンペスト

Mahiro and Yoshino meet at Aika’s grave, overlooking the Sagami Bay (相模湾) somewhere in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県).

Kotoura-San

(琴浦さん)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 7

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Manabe is working part time jobs advertising for small businesses near the train station and in the shōtengai.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Haruka and Yuriko discuss relationships in a cafe in the shōtengai.

Oreshura

(俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru)
Watch: CrunchyrollHulu

Episode 7

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

I guess I just wasn’t looking in the right places! It turns out Oreshura’s Hanenoyama is actually based on a real location. Hanenoyama Station is really Fuchū Station (府中駅) on the Keiō Line (京王線). Fuchū is a city level municipality, but within Tokyo Prefecture. This is a great blog post from a recent pilgrimage. In this scene, Eita and Masazu engage in more negotiation at an outdoor cafe near the train station.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Hanenoyama/Fuchū has great sidewalks.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

After cram school, Eita joins other classmates for a meal at a famiresu.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

More great tree lined, protected sidewalks in the commercial district.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

PSYCHO-PASS

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

Episode 18

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス

Kōgami goes into hiding at Masaoka’s safe house, where we get a close look at the consequence of sea level rise in low lying urban environments.

Mangirl!

(まんがーる! Mangāru!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 8

Mangirl! まんがーる!

The Earth Star Entertainment team is ready to do battle at Comiket. The world’s largest dōjinshi fair is currently held at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention center in Ariake (有明), Kōtō Ward, Tokyo. The venue is adjacent to Ariake Station (有明駅) on the Yurikamome Line (ゆりかもめ). By the way, this is totally what I look like when I get pumped up to hammer out this post every Friday ᕙ(ò_ó)