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

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

@gonta0822 visited Tamaki Shrine.

Episode 6

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Izumiko and Miyuki accompany Manatsu and Mayura to their home in Nagano, via Nagano Shinkansen (長野新幹線). Between Ōmiya (大宮) and Takasaki (高崎) the train service runs on the Jōetsu Shinkansen tracks, then the Nagano Shinkansen tracks for the remainder.

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 city names are real, but train services made up. In real life, this would be an Asama (あさま) service.

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

E2 series Shinkansen

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

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Nagano Station (長野駅)

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 following day, the group meets other students from school at the station.

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 bus takes them further into the mountains for a camping trip.

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

Togakushi Shrine (戸隠神社)

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

Rural towns hosting Shinto shines like this (Buddhist, as well) rely on tourism income from casual visitors and devout followers on religious pilgrimage (巡礼 junrei). Not to be confused with seichijunrei (聖地巡礼), holy land pilgrimage, which is the term anime otaku use when they talk about visiting the real life setting of a series. In English, we’d usually call that pop-culture tourism. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any seichijunrei to Togakushi ^_^

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

@shira_ry made a comprehensive episode 4 pilgrimage, while @paffue (post) and @ngwrb (post) made quick stops at Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai.

Episode 4

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

More Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線) this week.

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)

I burned through season 1 in a marathon before the new season began. To the best of my memory, this is the first depiction of a public space based on a location outside of the Tama and Tachikawa area. This is Musashikoyama Palm Shōtengai (武蔵小山商店街パルム), the longest covered shopping arcade in Tokyo. I put together a large photo essay about Palm as part of a recent project.

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)

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)

Back to Tachikawa

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)

Monorail station in Tama

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)

Mikoto sends the children home on a public bus. Unaccompanied. I love it.

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)

Elevated walkway in Tachikawa

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Sasazuka Station for episodes 4 (post) and 5 (post).

I discovered a fantastic blog this week while scanning Twitter for pilgrimage activity. ゆっきーの散歩Blog (Yuki’s Walking Blog) focuses on photography, but the creator is also prone to anime pilgrimage from time to time and has been closely following up with each episode of Hataraku Maō-sama. Unlike most pilgrimage posts, his do not feature screenshots for side-by-side comparison. Instead he brings us just really fabulous high quality images, thanks to a good eye and top of the line Canon 1DX. His latest posts (1 and 2) cover episode 5, and this is an index of all posts related to the show.

Photo Kano

(フォトカノ Foto Kano)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 5

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Most of the neighborhood and river scenes from Photo Kano are modeled on locations in Koshigaya (越谷), Saitama Prefecture, just to the north of Tokyo.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Arakawa River (荒川)

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

This commercial district is the first noticeable setting discontinuity. This shōtengai (商店街), the Asagaya Pearl Center (阿佐ヶ谷パールセンター), is in Suginami Ward on the west side of Tokyo.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

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

@kouhei15407 made a very thorough pilgrimage of all the locations appearing in episode 5 and published a second post entirely of the Oreimo promotional train carriage wrappings on the Chiba Urban Monorail. The author of ゆっきーの散歩Blog published very high quality photos of the wrappings, as well.

@shira_ry published a thorough episodes 4 and 5 pilgrimage, which includes Akihabara, Chiba Station, Hokusai-Tenjij Station and Ariake, among others.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Akihabara for episode 4.

@lycoper419 published a post of the Chiba Urban Monorail, Chiba Park and some of the residential neighborhoods.

Episode 5

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Kyousuke and Kirino meet at Chiba Station (千葉駅) for their mock date.

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

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

Kirino refers to Hachikō, the Akita famous for returning to Shibuya Station every evening for many years to wait for the return of his owner, who had died suddenly at work. Hachikō is part of the canon of Japanese cultural narratives. Almost every child learns this story at some point, no matter how far from Tokyo he or she lives. I love that the story revolves around the daily ritual of commuting by train and walking home.

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Kyousuke and Kirino meet Kuroneko at Kokusai-Tenjijō Station (国際展示場駅) prior to lining up for entrance to Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト) for Summer Comiket.

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

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

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

@butaiwalker (post) and @ngwrb (post) both explored location in Makuhari and around Chiba Station from episode 5. [SPOILER ALERT – not yet streamed in US]: @ngwrb also made a pilgrimage for episode 6.

Episode 5

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

This week included several instances of the use of third place, a neutral social setting outside of home and work (or school). Here the group is meeting for a study session at a famiresu.

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 mobility options available to students are important enablers of these independent, unsupervised social encounters. When children and young adults can walk, bike, bus or train to school, they aren’t beholden to parents with cars or fixed school bus schedules.

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

Chiba Station (千葉駅)

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 service club scours the commercial district around Chiba Station in search of Saki.

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

An early morning intervention is held. This time the meeting place is a fast food restaurant on the high street nearest the students’ neighborhood.

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

After the meeting, Hachiman and Komachi stop to pickup groceries on the walk home.

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

Later in the episode, more transit and walking infrastructure, close to Makuhari Messe.

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 Flowers of Evil

(惡の華 Aku no Hana)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 5

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

Kasuga and Saeki go on their date, where we see the downtown shopping district. Despite the covered sidewalks, very few strollers are out on a Sunday. Many of the stores are not open. The open businesses are deserted except for the couple and shopkeepers.

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

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

The Flowers of Evil 惡の華

Aiura

(あいうら)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@butaiwalker made a pilgrimage to Shima Onsen in Gunma Prefecture and Kamakura.

Episode 5

Aiura あいうら

Kanaka and Saki stop at a fumikiri to wait for a passing train on their walk to school.

Aiura あいうら

Muromi-san

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

Episode 5

Muromi-san 波打際のむろみさん

Yokohama’s waterfront business district, Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21) makes a brief appearance.

 

Special Items

Both @yarare_kanrinin (post) and @kouchamoe (post) captured series of screengrabs from a recent television broadcast about anime pilgrimages to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer. Meanwhile @mokomokocats published a long post of photos from Ōarai, not a typical show scene pilgrimage but of Girls und Panzer related events and paraphernalia around town.

@hiroina_7916ltd made a pilgrimage to Chōfu and Fuchū, cities in Tokyo Prefecture, for Chihayafuru.

@mami_yukiho visited the north dome of Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Building for Love Live!

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Hachinohe and Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture for Clannad After Story.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa for Kanon.

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Toyama, Nagano Prefecture for One Off.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture for Zegapain.