The Devil is 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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage (posts 1 and 2) covering all locations through episode 3.

@habusan has one post that is a comprehensive pilgrimage being filled out over time, and second post that focuses on Sasazuka, Hatagaya and Eifukuchō.

@rimatai updated his earlier episode 1 post, now filled out with many more photos, and published new ones for episode 2 (Sasazuka, Hatagaya, Eifukuchō) and episode 3 (Hatsudai, Shinjuku).

His map is also coming along nicely:

Episode 3

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

This police station is located on an arterial road, but still accessible by foot.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The trees protect the sidewalk from faster moving traffic.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Behind Maou is a pedestrian overcrossing.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Looking out at the Metropolitan Government Building and Nishishinjuku from directly above Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Shinjuku is the busiest train station in the world as measured by passenger volume, with hyper-dense commercial and retail development around it to match.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Chiho takes the Keiō Line (京王線) into Shinjuku Station.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Maou and Chiho have planned to meet at the east exit. It can be challenging to find others in some of Tokyo’s labyrinthine neighborhoods, so it’s common to designate a well known landmark, often the train station, as a meeting point. Stations such as Shinjuku are so massive that you also have to specify what part of the station. Probably the most well known Shinjuku meeting place is the sidewalk in front of the Studio Alta building, which is just across the street from this exit.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Emi and Ashiya argue inside the station, outside a cafe where Maou and Chiho have sat down for coffee.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Episode 4

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Wide zebra-striped crosswalks accommodate the large volume of pedestrian traffic going in, out and around Shinjuku Station.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Chūō Line (中央本線) sits stopped on the tracks after the disaster in the station.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

Ashiya cycles to the neighborhood pharmacy.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

There is a dense cluster of retail and residential buildings immediate surrounding Sasazuka Station (笹塚駅).

The Devil is a Part-Timer! はたらく魔王さま!

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 episode 3.

@189asama‘s pilgrimage covers episodes 1 and 2.

@ngwrb published a slate of pilgrimage posts (episodes 1, 2, 3) and this item about the high school. His map of Kiryū is filling out:

Episode 3

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

We see a bit more of the city with each episode. A common thread tying much of these scenes together is the sense that a once vibrant place has been drained of life, left to rot and rust, and will probably never return to brighter times. Many tourists traveling to Japan may only see the popular sections of cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. While those are wonderful places, they alone will give a very incomplete picture of the state of communities. Many places in Japan look… just like this.

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

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

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

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Tama (多摩) and Tachikawa (立川) for episode 1.

Episode 2

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)

Pedestrian overcrossing in the distance

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

Wide, tree protected sidewalks

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)

Yuyushiki

(ゆゆ式)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Ichikawa (市川) and the Asagaya Pearl Center (阿佐谷パールセンター)  for episode 1, as well as some more sleuthing about the high school in Nishi Ward, Fukuoka (福岡市西区) believed to be the model for the school in the show.

RDG Red Data Girl

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Tamaki Shrine (玉置神社) and Totsukawa Village (十津川村), covering episodes 2 and 3.

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

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Chiba and Akihabara for episodes 1 and 2.

Muromi-san

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a mini pilgrimage to Shibuya (渋谷) for episode 2.

 

Special Items

@626shin visited Yuwaku for both a conventional pilgrimage as well as an event participants referred to as a “flower viewing party“. Instead of the typical cherry blossoms associated with hanami, this was a gathering of anime pilgrims and train otaku to celebrate the promotional Hanasaku Iroha train carriage wrappings, with the full blessing and cooperation of the railway operator. The trains were held for extended layover periods to allow people to explore the carriages leisurely and take photographs. Several of the show staff, including a character designer and producer, attended the event and signed autographs.

@seki_saima made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Nara Prefecture for Saki Episode of Side A, combining elements of the manga and animated versions of the side story.  Saki

@butaiwalker made a pilgrimage (posts 1 and 2) to Machida for Date A Live.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Hachiōji for Aura: Maryūin Kōga Saigo no Tatakai.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Tsutsujigaoka Station for Chihayafuru.