a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

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.

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

(はたらく魔王さま! Hataraku Maō-sama)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 1

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Demon King has suffered a temporary setback and transports to the human world (the west side of Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo, to be precise) in order to recover and reclaim supremacy. He and his deputy quickly realize they won’t survive long in this world without a means of income, leading to Satan taking part-time work in a thinly veiled McDonald’s franchise. Hijinks and hilarity ensue. It actually seems quite smart and funny. Even were it not for the opportunities to look at a new slice of neighborhoods and transit in one of the world’s greatest cities, I think I’d still watch this show purely for entertainment value.

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The towers on the left are the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Chūō Line

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The unique shaped building next to the sunburst is the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (モード学園コクーンタワー), a 50 story facility that is home to three educational institutions.

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Satan is quick on the uptake with local norms, such as bicycling to work.

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

(デビルサバイバー2 Debiru Sabaibā 2)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 1

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There’s nothing subtle about how this new show, based on a video game, makes the point that action is set in Tokyo. The opening credits are loaded with plenty of Shibuya, Tokyo Tower, the National Diet Building in Nagatachō and a handful of other recognizable locations.

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Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

In the closing credits, more Shibuya.

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

During the show, as if to beat you over the head with it, these helpful banners identify the ward and landmark or location featured. First is Aoyama Street, in Shibuya.

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The front of Shibuya Station, with the JR Yamanote Line passing by overhead

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

The Hachikō statue, a popular place to rendezvous when meeting others

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Shibuya’s scramble crossing

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

The view of the crossing from the Starbucks in the QFRONT building

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

The subway section of Shibuya Station

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The announcement says the incoming train is Oshiage bound, so this has to be the Tokyo Metro Hanzōmon Line.

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Having such an interesting built environment in Tokyo must make it really fun to destroy in all sorts of creative, apocalyptic ways.

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Roppongi Hills

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Shinbashi Station

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Love Live! School Idol Project

(ラブライブ! Rabu Raibu!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 13

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

One last look around Akihabara

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Kanda Shrine

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Kotori takes a train to Narita Airport.

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ!

Tamako Market

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

With the sakura in full bloom, @lidges made a final pilgrimage to Kyoto to recreate scenes from episode 3.

@nobucafe published a comprehensive pilgrimage, covering the entire series.

@626shin published two pilgrimage posts. One covers the shōtengai and nearby Futaba Demachi, the famous mochi maker. The second has more shōtengai, the academy and area along the canal near Fujinomori Station.

@Yamatonomiya posted a digest of what he considered to be the most helpful/interesting writeups and pilgrimages related to the show.

@nally45 writes about the 6th anniversary party at the Hananami cafe/bar, the model for Stars and Clowns in the show.

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 published a new post covering scenes from Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, that appear in episodes 12 and 13. He also updated an earlier Oreshura pilgrimage post, with additional locations, including more street scenes in Fuchū and the outdoor cafe where Eita and Masuzu typically meet, which is modeled after a cafe in Shinjuku. The cafe is not on a street, but is actually on the 9th floor of the Odakyu Department Store main branch atop Shinjuku Station. The animators pulled together an eclectic mix of locations from around the greater Tokyo area to create the composite town for Hanenoyama.

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@butaiwalker investigated the steep slope in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward that appears in episode 17, when Sorata rushes to Nanami’s aid. It seems to be somewhat notorious, as a search brings up many amusing video clips of people trying to bicycle or scooter up the hill, only to pass out from exhaustion or have the underpowered engine stall under the strain.

GIRLS und PANZER

(ガールズ&パンツァー Gāruzu ando Pantsā)
Watch: Crunchyroll • Anime Network

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai sends this pilgrimage from Momoi, a district in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward, which is the scene of the final battle in the last two episodes.

The staff blog of a hotel in Ōarai writes about the influx of Garupan fans to the seaside town for recent promotional events related to the show.

More coverage about those events in the Mainichi Shimbun and Ibaraki Shimbun, including this great video:

 

Special Items

Oreimo special edition train tickets and full carriage advertisement wrappings return to the Chiba Urban Monorail (千葉都市モノレール) in advance of the season 2 premiere this month. The line appears regularly in the show, including in the credits, and is the longest suspended monorail system in the world. (hat tip @aicnanime)

@kbt_tigers1985 combines a pilgrimage and a review of the promotional materials and activities for the Hanasaku Iroha full length movie Home Sweet Home, which was released in Japan theaters beginning March 30. The show and movie setting is based on the real life Yuwaku hot spring in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. Don’t be fooled by the photos of the Yunosagi Station signs in the post. Those are just for fun, installed at the real life Nishigishi Station in nearby Nanao, which was the model for the station that appears in the show.

Two Haruhi Suzumiya related pilgrimages, both in Nishinomiya, one from @kbt_tigers1985 covering scenes which appeared in several episodes of the TV series, and another from @keyboar highlighting Shukugawa Gakuin College, which appears in the full length movie.

Upcoming

RDG Red Data Girl began airing in Japan on April 4. While no announcement yet as to whether a US streaming service will pick this up, it’s streaming on Nico Nico Douga, so available via proxy. @nobucafe has already made an episode 1 pilgrimage to Tamaki Shrine in Nara Prefecture. I’ve heard the pilgrimage regulars talking this one up, so hopefully we’ll get to see it here.

I think I already like the upcoming full length movie Saint Young Men. The key visual and promotional video has Jesus and Buddha wandering around modern Tokyo. The poster puts the two standing in front of Tachikawa Station (立川駅) and includes the Chūō Line (中央本線), Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線) and what looks like a shōtengai. (hat tip @aicnanime)