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.

The Eccentric Family

(有頂天家族 Uchōten Kazoku)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a Kyoto pilgrimage for Episode 4. The place count per episode is decreasing, though the locations are becoming more and more off the beaten path. To appreciate how much detail he’s putting into these posts, he dug through his archives to find a photo of the mountainside “大” bonfires on Nyoigatake from a previous Daimonji festival. Indefatigable effort!

@kbt_tigers1985 published a pilgrimage for Episode 3.

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Episode 4

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Daimonji (大文字) has arrived and everyone in Kyoto is out, filling up every available patch of public space, especially near the Kamo River, to get a view of the fires. This is Demachiyanagi Station (出町柳駅).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Demachi Bridge (出町橋)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Kamo Bridge (賀茂大橋)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Demachi Bridge (出町橋)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Riverbank near Demachi Bridge (出町橋)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The first of the five fires lit is dai (大), or great/large. This is located on Nyoigatake, where the professor has historically been the custodian of the mountain.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Atago Shrine (愛宕神社)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Togetsukyō Bridge (渡月橋) in Arashiyama

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

After running out of fuel, the flying inner parlor crash lands on Kamigoryō Shrine (上御霊神社). Oops.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Gatchaman Crowds

(ガッチャマンクラウズ Gatchaman Kurauzu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa and Toyosu Station for Episode 2.

Episode 3

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Across the street from Toyosu Station (豊洲駅)

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Even Gatchaman walk to school.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

The Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線) glides over a residential neighborhood in Tachikawa.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Elevated pedestrian walkways connect Tachikawa Station and Tachikawa-Kita Station to each other and the central business district below.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Though hard to see in the scuffle, that’s a wayfinding aid on the ground, showing the route to transfer from one station to the other.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

WataMote ~No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!~

(私がモテないのはどう考えてもお前らが悪い! Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ngwrb was able to identify the location of the shōtengai in Episode 4 and clipped a Google Street View image. This is the Tenjinbashisuji Shōtengai in Osaka’s Kita Ward. Let’s see who can get there first.

Episode 4

WataMote ワタモテ

Tomoko commutes to school by rail. Thus far the backgrounds in WataMote have been pretty generic. The train trip is the Chūō-Sōbu Line, and stops at one point at Tsudanuma Station (津田沼駅). There is a big Osaka landmark later in the episode, so it seems the show is using real places as visual models, but not attempting to maintain any continuity with geography.

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

Things get dicey during the morning rush hour. At one point, Tomoko is convinced that she is the victim of a groper (痴漢 chikan). While her apprehension is misplaced and the show makes a joke of the situation at her expense, groping is a serious problem in trains and other crowded places in Japan.

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

Tomoko meets Yū at what’s probably a shopping mall, but resembles a covered shōtengai somewhat with its glass ceiling.

WataMote ワタモテ

Later in the episode, the shōtengai to beat all shōtengai appears. This is Osaka’s Tenjinbashisuji Shōtengai (天神橋筋商店街). At 2.6km it claims to be the longest in Japan, and it dates to the Edo period. I think I’ll need to go here whenever I end up in Osaka again.

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

WataMote ワタモテ

Kinmoza!

(きんいろモザイク Kin’iro Mozaiku)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sennoha13 made a pilgrimage to the residential neighborhood near Keisei-Usui Station, as well as the business district around Mimomi Station for Episode 3.

@nishionishio made a pilgrimage for Episode 2, hitting all three rail stations and surrounding commercial districts.

Episode 4

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Another look at the retail district surrounding Tsudanuma Station (津田沼駅).

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

At issue 52 and counting of this weekly review, it’s no surprise that many anime depict ubiquitous use of public transportation among school age children. What happens in Kinmoza! takes that one step further, illustrating the opportunities for social interaction that accompany both transit use and walking to and from school.

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Genshiken Second Season

(げんしけん 二代目 Genshiken Nidaime)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Ohno meets Angela at Chūō-Daigaku-Meisei-Daigaku Station (中央大学・明星大学駅). The school in Genshiken is modeled on Chūō University in Hachiōji, hence the station name.

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

The Genshiken club returns to its venue of choice, Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト) in Odaiba, for NatsuComi. In the show, “Comiket” is called “ComiFes”.

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

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 15 and Episode 16.

Episode 16

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

It’s very interesting to compare the slick, futuristic rendition of Tachikawa (立川) in A Certain Scientific Railgun with the mostly true-to-life interpretation in Gatchaman Crowds.

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

The phosphorescent glow emanating from Tachikawa-Kita Station (立川北駅) gives the monorail an organic feel, like some deep sea organism.

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)

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Hasebe takes Lucy to a famiresu, a ubiquitous third place that’s something between a diner and a coffee shop. Given that studio A-1 Pictures also produced Working!!, I had kind of hoped there’d be a Popura or Inami cameo during the scene. No such luck.

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Later, the ward office newcomers are treated to nomikai (飲み会) at an izakaya (居酒屋), the definitive third place for the after work crowd.

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

More imagery of Star Road (スターロード), a bar district in Asagaya, Tokyo.

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Tamayura: More Aggressive

(たまゆら〜もあぐれっしぶ〜 Tamayura Mo Aguresshibu)
* Not available for international simulcast

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@thuporn spotted the cherry tree at Mount Asahi in Takehara from Episode 5. This also appeared in Tamayura: Hitotose.

@Bf109K1 made an extensive pilgrimage for all of Episode 5.

@Bf109K1 (post) and @lidges (post) both made pilgrimages to Bamboo Joy Highland (バンブージョイハイランド) in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Episode 4.

@lidges made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to Takehara for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to Takehara for Episodes 1-3 and the OP.

A Town Where You Live

(君のいる町 Kimi no Iru Machi)
* Not available for international simulcast

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@pieace_ made a pilgrimage to Narimasu Station and surrounding neighborhood in Itabashi Ward, as well as quick stops in Takadanobaba and Iidabashi, all in Tokyo, for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to JR Hiroshima Station for the 2012 OVA.

 

Special Items

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to Chiwa Station in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture for the manga Non Non Biyori, which will get an anime adaptation produced by Silver Link, scheduled for broadcast in Fall 2013.

@rimatai made a pilgrimages to Yokohama for Futari wa Milky Holmes Episode 2 and Episode 3.

@kibaichi made a pilgrimage to the Sakuragaoka neighborhood in Tama, Tokyo Prefecture for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Nishi-tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture for Fantasista Doll.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Fukuoka city for Yuyushiki.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to the Nakamurabashi neighborhood in Nerima, Tokyo Prefecture for Ribbon-chan the TV.

@ngwrb rounded up his pilgrimage to Togakushi, Nagano Prefecture with a post covering Episode 8 of RDG Red Data Girl (Episode 6 and Episode 7).

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Minakami, Gunma Prefecture for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru.

@USO9000 (post), @inoken0315 (post 1 and 2), @minkara (post) and @sinononu21 (posts 1, 2 and 3) made pilgrimages to multiple locations for the Saki manga source material.

These pilgrimages by @inoue1024 to Toyama for True Tears (1, 2, 3) aren’t new, but feature some seriously impressive mountain climbing.