Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

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.

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

(岩鳶高校水泳部)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@etesuke was the first out of the gate with an Episode 1 pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture.

Episode 1

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

I’ve been very impressed by the thought and detail that goes into settings for Kyoto Animation productions, so although I’m not yet sure what kind of show this will turn out to be, I’ve got high hopes for another rich analysis. An early pilgrimage for the PV by @kbt_tigers1985 showed hints of the location as Iwami (岩美), Tottori Prefecture, which becomes Iwatobi (岩鳶) in the show. Along with Tamayura, Silver Spoon and Uchōten Kazoku (all of which I hope we’ll get for international simulcast), as well as Servant x Service (on Crunchyroll), this summer season is shaping up to have some great non-Kanto area locations.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

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 Tachikawa for Episode 11.

Episode 12

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

More of the elevated monorail infrastructure in Tachikawa (立川).

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)

The real Misaka uses the city tour bus to travel under the radar.

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

Tachikawa’s dizzying array of pedestrian infrastructure

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)

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)

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)

Silver Spoon

(銀の匙 Gin no Saji)

* A web simulcast hasn’t yet been announced, but I’m really hoping we can get this outside Japan.

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made an earlier pilgrimage to Obihiro, Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaidō for the PV, and repackaged in a new post the locations that appeared in Episode 1.

@paffue (post) did the same, but took things a step further with some photo captures of landmarks that appeared in the manga source material.

@lidges wondered aloud if they might actually need to rent a car in order to explore the show settings in Obihiro. It’s relatively rare that an anime pilgrimage would require one, which says a lot about how ubiquitous transit is in Japan.

Tamayura: More Aggressive

(たまゆら〜もあぐれっしぶ〜 )

* A web simulcast hasn’t yet been announced, and likewise I’m really hoping we can get this.

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a visit to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for the OP and Episode 1.

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo (ward office facade) and Suginami Ward, Tokyo (government office interior and shots of city from the roof) for the PV and OP.

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 Shinjuku, Sasazuka, Hatagaya, Hatsudai and Akasaka-mitsuke for Episode 11, Episode 12 and Episode 13.

@butaiwalker made a pilgrimage for Episode 13.

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

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Chiba and Yokohama for Episode 13.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Yokohama for the same, and a pilgrimage to Chiba for Episode 7 and 8.

 

Special Items

@kbt_tigers1985 revisited Shinjuku Gyoen to get more shots from Kotonoha no Niwa.

@hiroina_7916ltd made a pilgrimage to Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture for Chihayafuru 2.

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Nishi-Kamakura Station for Aoi Hana.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for the film BLOOD-C: The Last Dark.