Photo Kano フォトカノ

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.

Photo Kano

(フォトカノ Foto Kano)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 7

Photo Kano フォトカノ

This is the conclusion of the Sanehara route, so Maeda spends most of the episode trying to convince her to take up portrait photography when all she really wants to do is focus on landscapes, streets and alleys. I think she’s fine just the way she is!

Photo Kano フォトカノ

She watches the cityscape roll by from the train with Mount Fuji in the background.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

At the station, she points out to Maeda how she can orient herself based on the built environment around her.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

She knows exactly where to stand to get the best angle on landmarks like Fuji and Tokyo Skytree.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

I wasn’t able to pin down exactly which station this is, but I’m sure our location spotting otaku will have an answer for us very soon.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

In a later scene, we see a covered shōtengai at two times of the day. The transparent panels above the lane help create enclosure (more on that in a minute), while still bringing a sense of the natural environment into the arcade.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

The alley off the shōtengai demonstrates more enclosure, which when used by planners refers to the use of smaller, bound spaces to focus activity, helping to create a more tangible sense of place.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Photo Kano フォトカノ

Seibu Shinjuku Line (西武新宿線), I think.

Photo Kano フォトカノ

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 pilgrimage to the elevated plaza at Mitsukoshi department store near Tama-Center Station for episode 6.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa covering episodes 4 and 5, as well as a pilgrimage to Tama for episodes 4, 5, 6 and the ending credits.

Episode 6

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

After battling through the night, Mikoto sits in the middle of this elevated plaza that connects to nearby elevated walkways and overcrossings. In real life, this is part of the entryway to the Mitsukoshi department store branch near 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)

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)

Later, the group walks through the business district after meeting at a famiresu. They’re on a very wide sidewalk and there is a pedestrian overcrossing off in the distance.

Yuyushiki

(ゆゆ式)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

The blogger of 異常感想注意報 made a pilgrimage to Nerima-Takanodai Station in Nerima, Tokyo Prefecture for episode 7.

Episode 7

Yuyushiki ゆゆ式

Each of the three main segments of the episode begins with a scene at the railway station in town, signalling that Yuzuko and Yukari both travel by local train to reach Yui’s home. The entrance and pedestrian street in front of it is modeled on Nerima-Takanodai Station (練馬高野台駅) in Nerima, Tokyo Prefecture.

Yuyushiki ゆゆ式

Yuyushiki ゆゆ式

RDG Red Data Girl

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Mount Takao for episode 5.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Ōmiya Station in Ōmiya, Saitama Prefecture for episode 6.

Episode 8

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

The Togakushi Shrine arc finished, Izumiko and Miyuki return to Tokyo, departing from Nagano Station (長野駅).

RDG Red Data Girl RDG レッドデータガール

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

@sennoha13 made a pilgrimage to Kaihin-Makuhari Station in Mihama Ward, Chiba City for episode 7.

Episode 7

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

Komachi tricks Hachiman into leaving the house, so that his guidance counselor can intercept and drag him to the service club summer training. Everyone meets at Kaihin-Makuhari Station (海浜幕張駅).

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

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 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 Eifukuchō for episode 7.

@habusan updated his comprehesive series pilgrimage through episode 7, and broke out the episode 5 scene cuts here. This is the current version of his Google Map:

*Sorry that I can’t give you a look at episode 8 this week. As of Saturday 9:00pm New York time it was still unavailable at Funimation.com.

The Flowers of Evil

(惡の華 Aku no Hana)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Kiryū, Gunma Prefecture covering episodes 4 and 5.

Devil Survivor 2 The Animation

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges made a pilgrimage to several parts of Osaka, including the shōtengai at the base of Tsūtenkaku.

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

@sennoha13 made a pilgrimage to Chiba Park for episode 7.

 

Special Items

The was a resurgence of Tamako Market pilgrimage activity in Kyoto last week, for the annual celebration of the Spirit Festival (御霊祭), depicted in episode 4. The best coverage summarizing all of the activity with photos came from a post by @ye_bi_su, which begins at the Spirit Shrine (上御霊神社), the launch point for the procession of various mikoshi (神輿) carried around the neighborhood, through the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街) and eventually finishing with a ceremony in Kyoto-gyoen (京都御苑), the large rectangular park at the center of the city which surrounds the Imperial Palace.

There was a substantial amount of material recorded from the events. Here is some of the best:

(@nyaoyura)

This writeup by @tokotokotocom includes the three videos below:

(@kyoto_masugata)

(@tesra1141)

(@showchick)

(@kyoto_masugata)

(@high__k)

(preceding 3: @los_endos_)

The site New News (@mocchibc) ran a pilgrimage report for Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! that included locations in Shiga Prefecture and Fukui Prefecture, as well as a ride on the Thunderbird limited express train service.

@paffue posted a significant update version of a previous pilgrimage to Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture and nearby locations for Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Mutsu-Yokohama Station and Hachinohe Station in Aomori Prefecture for Clannad After Story.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Hanamaki and Miyamori in Iwate Prefecture for the manga version of Saki.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Chūō Ward, Sapporo for Junjō Romanchika.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, also called the Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway for Jormungand: Perfect Order.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Saku, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.