The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

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. Still working on location of the clothing stores, but everything else should be there.

Fan Pilgrimage Update

More reconnaisance from Kyoto via @kbt_tigers1985 (post) and @Yamatonomiya (post).

Episode 8

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Every episode of Tamako Market seems to jump ahead at least a month, sometimes an entire season. We’ve now arrived at fall, which is made clear by the change to orange banners and seasonal offerings in Usagiyama 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

Kanna calls Tamako while walking along the Kamo River (鴨川), standing under the Imadegawa-dōri (今出川通り) bridge.

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Walking to school along the canal

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

Pedestrian overcrossing between the academy’s neighborhood and Fujinomori Station (藤森駅)

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

Shopping for Choi’s cool weather clothing

Tamako Market たまこまーけっと

They can’t find anything appropriate for their age in the shōtengai, but the shop clerk refers them to a nearby store.

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

Dera continues his exercise regimen on the delta where the Kamo River (鴨川) and Takano River (高野川) meet.

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

Boku no Imōto wa “Ōsaka Okan”

(僕の妹は「大阪おかん」)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 7

Boku no Imōto wa "Ōsaka Okan" 僕の妹は「大阪おかん」

These three minute shorts poke fun at exaggerated Kansai area stereotypes, specifically an “Osaka Momma” per the show title. They’re good for a chuckle if you’re familiar with the Kanto-Kansai rivalry. Last week featured an exchange about the different IC cards used with the JR West and JR East transit networks. The cards use passive near field communication circuits to store value and pay for subway, train and bus trips, as well as make payments at some stores and vending machines. In Osaka they have ICOCA, in Tokyo it’s Suica and Pasmo. Namika is surprised to find out that her card is interoperable with the Tokyo systems, and so was I! I didn’t realize until I looked it up that the JR West and JR East networks have been interoperable since 2004. That would be like every train, subway and bus from Boston to Washington, DC all operating on one contact-less card payment network that could calculate your trip cost from end to end as you transferred to different services. Maybe when hell freezes over?

Boku no Imōto wa "Ōsaka Okan" 僕の妹は「大阪おかん」

Encouragement of Climb

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Both @lidges (post) and @musagoso (post) ventured out to Mount Takao to bring us cut-by-cut photographs of each scene in Episodes 8 and 9, including the public transit approach to the base of the mountain.

Episode 9

Encouragement of Climb ヤマノススメ

This week continues from the previous episode, with Aoi and Hinata reaching the summit of Mount Takao (高尾山).

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@butaiwalker trekked out to Ōi (大井), Kanagawa Prefecture to bring us a post on the Ōigawa Main Line, a sightseeing train line featuring steam locomotives operated by the Ōigawa Railway (大井川鐵道), which appears in Episode 7.

Episode 7

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

Ōigawa Main Line

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

Tama rides on top of what looks like a 500 series Shinkansen at full speed, while eating an ekiben. Riding on top of the Shinkansen is generally not advisable.

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai ささみさん@がんばらない

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@butaiwalker was trekking around to Ikebukuro, Kashiwa and Kawagoe to photograph and report back on locations featured in Episode 8, and promises to get the remainder in Fuchū over the weekend. The more digging I do for Oreshura, the more I see that the incorporation of real locations is solely for visual purposes and used to create a composite town for the fictional Hanenoyama. While the locations are all technically reachable to each other by train, it would take a considerable amount of commute time to do so, far more than the show suggests.

Episode 8

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

Lots of third place this week. This is the cafe near Hanenoyama Station.

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

After cram school, Eita joins Ai and Kaoru for dessert. The cafe is based on the Milky Way in Ikebukuro.

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

This famiresu, where Eita and the harem have met several times before, is based on a location in Kashiwa (柏), Chiba Prefecture, close to Kashiwa Station (柏駅).

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

Eita, Chiwa, Ai and Kaoru meet at Hanenoyama Station, modeled on Fuchū Station (府中駅).

Oreshura 俺の彼女と幼なじみが修羅場すぎる

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

(さくら荘のペットな彼女 Sakura-sō no Petto na Kanojo)
Watch: CrunchyrollAnime NetworkHulu

Episode 20

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Mukōgaoka-Yūen Station (向ヶ丘遊園駅)

The north side of the station isn’t quite so exciting in real life:

There is, however, a very lively commercial district on the south side of the station:

I’m thinking that we’re seeing a composite of the two in the show.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Back from a meeting in Tokyo, Sorata meets Nanami at the station and they walk back to Sakura Dormitory.

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou さくら荘のペットな彼女

Kotoura-San

(琴浦さん)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 8

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Manabe and Haruka meet at the train station for their date.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

It’s all walking after that, as they make their way around the commercial district.

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Kotoura-san 琴浦さん

Amnesia

(アムネシア Amuneshia)
Watch: CrunchyrollAnime Network

Episode 8

Amnesia アムネシア

More familiar locations in Ikebukuro (池袋) this week.

Amnesia アムネシア

Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線)

Amnesia アムネシア

Amnesia アムネシア

I think this is the first time we’ve seen this small lane near the Heroine’s apartment.