RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

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.

RDG Red Data Girl

(RDG レッドデータガール RDG Reddo Dēta Gāru)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges (pilgrimage) and @kbt_tigers1985 (pilgrimage) both visited Tamaki Shrine (玉置神社) and Totsukawa Village (十津川村).

Episode 2

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

A school trip takes Izumiko and Miyuki from Totsukawa to Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

The class visits the observatory atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎), a well-known landmark.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Izumiko and Miyuki are targeted by unknown forces, so decide to flee via train to a safe location in Nakano.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Trip fare map at Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Single ticket and IC card charging kiosk

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Ticket gate

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Normally these work just fine, but the forces after Izumiko have caused the gates to malfunction, the first of several attempts to prevent her escape.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

They eventually get to the platform, but now the trains are not working.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

They decide to get away from the station and take a taxi.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

The taxi leaves them at the wrong location, so they walk the rest of the way through the narrow streets of a residential neighborhood.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Episode 3

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Danger averted, Izumiko feels a sense of relief once back in Totsukawa.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

A Certain Scientific Railgun S

(とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン) Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@habusan has two pilgrimage posts (1 and 2) that cover most of the places that appear in episode 1 (though missing a few photos), as well as a Google Map. The same from @ngwrb (posts 1 and 2) and @shira_ry (post).

Episode 1

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

As in the original season, Academy City draws heavily on Tachikawa (立川) and Tama (多摩), two cities near each other in the western part of Tokyo Prefecture.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

There are many pedestrian overcrossings and elevated walkways. Many of these come specifically from the development immediately surrounding Tachikawa Station (立川駅) and Tama-Center Station (多摩センター駅).

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

One thing Academy City has that you won’t find in Tokyo (yet): wind power.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

The colored markings are different, but that’s clearly the Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線).

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

Pedestrian overcrossing

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

Bus shelter

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

Fans are so into location spotting for this show, they’ve even noted the satellite view corresponding to the ground during the freefall at the end of episode 1. It’s roughly over Fuchū (府中), which was one of the locations used as a model for last season’s Oreshura.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@mami_yukiho made a pilgrimage to Sasazuka, Eifukuchō and other locations in Shibuya and Shinjuku wards that appear in episodes 1 and 2.

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to the same locations, as well as Hatagaya:

* Due to production delay, episode 3 won’t be available on Funimation.com until 4/24.

Oreimo

(俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Akihabara for episode 1.

@habusan updated his previous pilgrimage to include episode 2 locations. Looks that he plans to to keep a running record by adding to this one post. He’s also created a Google Map.

@kouhei15407 made a pilgrimage to the residential neighborhood used as the model for Kyousuke and Kirino’s home.

@ts_kobaya published a video pilgrimage that includes a ride on the Chiba Urban Monorail, Chiba Port Park, Chiba Park, the school and Akihabara:

Episode 2

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

In Oreimo, it isn’t just the well-known places like Akihabara that are recreated in the show. The residential neighborhood where Kirino and Kyousuke live is next to Chiba Park and lifted almost directly from the real location.

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

The Flowers of Evil

(惡の華 Aku no Hana)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@megtan made a pilgrimage to Kiryū (桐生), Gunma Prefecture, covering episodes 1 and 2.

Episode 2

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

Kiryū isn’t that dense of a city, but it has a considerable amount of cycling and walking infrastructure, including these dedicated lanes separate from the regular streets.

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

Takao’s rage and depair at the lack of intellectual stimulation in this provincial town escalates as he rides, while we’re shown images of the dilapidated business district and lifeless neighborhoods.

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

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

Episode 3

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Hiro, Daichi and Nitta are transported from Tokyo to JP’s Osaka headquarters by super-secret, exclusive underground high speed train.

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 train itself is nothing more than a 700 series Shinkansen, the very same as that which runs the civilian equivalent on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between the two cities. I suppose there’s little need to create fanciful, high tech transport vehicles when what you have in real life is already rather impressive.

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Despite all of Osaka essentially having been reduced to rubble, Tsūtenkaku (通天閣) remains intact and pristine. Guess they needed to prove it’s really Osaka.

Devil Survivor 2 デビルサバイバー2

Nearby Festivalgate also makes an appearance.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

(やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Included this last week, but here again is the episode 2 pilgrimage from @ngwrb.

Episode 2

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている

The Chiba Municipal Sōbu High School is modeled on the real life Chiba Municipal Inage High School.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている

At this school, they have deluxe, covered bike parking. In the US, in many places it’s illegal (or at least, against school policy) to cycle or walk to school. Winner: Japan.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている

Muromi-san

(波打際のむろみさん Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 2

Muromi-san 波打際のむろみさん

There’s a brief reference to the Hachikō statue, a popular meeting place in front of Shibuya Station.

Muromi-san 波打際のむろみさん

Takurō is aghast at Muromi-san’s indifference toward ocean pollution.

Aiura

(あいうら)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation snapped a few photos of places in Kamakura that appeared in episode 1.

Yuyushiki

(ゆゆ式)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

While there hasn’t been much so far in the way of public space and street scenes, @ssslocation has been on top of the few that appear (posts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Another blogger is also location spotting for the show, and even dug up an interior shot from the school.

 

Special Items

NHK Kyoto aired a special news segment on pilgrimages (聖地巡礼 seichijunrei) to the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) for Tamako Market. It features interviews with Kiyotaka Moriwaki, the Senior Curator of the Kyoto Film Archive, the owner of Sagaki (さが喜), the fish seller that was the model for the show’s Sashimi (さしみ), and several pilgrims that happened to be in the shopping arcade when cameras were on site, one of which I think might be our favorite videographer, @ts_kobaya:

@ye_bi_su adds an additional volume to a set of Tamako Market pilgrimages, this one focusing on shōtengai scenes from the last few episodes.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Nishitōkyō for Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W.

@butaiwalker made a pilgrimage to Machida for Date A Live.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura.

@626shin made a Hanasaku Iroha pilgrimage, split into two posts, one for Kanazawa and the other for the Yuwaku hot spring.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Yoshino, Nara Prefecture for Saki Episode of Side A, combining location spotting for both the manga and anime.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Bakuman.