Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

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

Episode 5

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

With @ye_bi_su taking a three week hiatus from blogging, I may not be able to give you pinpoint identification for each and every shot, but will try my best. Here is Shijō Bridge (四条大橋).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

This is in Ponto-chō (先斗町), the very well-known hanamachi (花街) district that consists mainly of a long, narrow alley running parallel to the Kamo River.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Correction 2013/08/30: This is not in the Teramachi Kyogoku Shōtengai (寺町京極商店街), as I had originally thought, though not far away. This is an underground passage below Shijō-dōri (四条通).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

This is Teramachi Kyogoku Shōtengai.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Update 2013/08/30: We still don’t have a solid identification of the cafe. @ye_bi_su notes that in the original novel, the location was indicated as Umeda, the central business district in Kita Ward, Osaka. It’s obvious that the story has been simplified to keep this meeting in Kyoto, so perhaps the cafe is modeled on a location in Umeda, or nearby Cafe Mahayana (喫茶店マハヤーナ).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The antiques store is also an actual antiques store, though the exterior looks a bit different in real life, and is located on Teramachi-dōri (寺町通) to the south of the intersection with Shijō-dōri (四条通).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The sukiyaki restaurant where the Friday Fellows meet is in the Teramachi Kyogoku Shōtengai, where the shopping street crosses Sanjō-dōri (三条通).

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

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

In a flashback, Yodogawa finds Yasaburō’s mother in the mountainous Kitashirakawa (北白川) area on the east side of the city. Now you know the source of the protagonist’s surname in Tamako Market.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The remainder of the episode is set on the catwalk above the shōtengai.

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

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

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

New Opening Credits

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

With a new story arc beginning, a refreshed set of credits gives us some new angles.

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)

Episode 17

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

As always, the Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線) and the many elevated walkways in the central business districts of Tachikawa (立川) and Tama (多摩) provide the basis on which the futuristic Academy City is built.

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)

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)

Gatchaman Crowds

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Sōunzan Station on the Hakone Tozan Cable Car Line, Nihonbashi and Toyosu Station for Episode 4.

Episode 4

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 not as visually interesting as the central business district, Hajime helps us identify many of the government services offices and facilities as she and Utsu-tsu walk around the city. These locations are within walking distance of the train stations.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Tachikawa Police Station (立川警察署)

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Tachikawa Airfield (立川飛行場), home to the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Camp Tachikawa

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Tachikawa Fire Station (立川消防署‎)

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Tachikawa City Hall (立川市役所‎)

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Hajime tries to open up Utsu-tsu through conversation as they wait at a covered bus stop.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

O.D. and Utsu-tsu walk through the central business district, with Tachikawa-Kita Station (立川北駅) in the background.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Rui has a flashback of meeting the disgraced former Gatchaman, at Toyosu Station (豊洲駅).

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

A quick stop back at Tachikawa Station (立川駅), where Hajime has a part-time job in the Lumine department store complex attached to the station.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

An incident unfolds in the crossing in front of Toyosu Station.

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

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Bus terminal at Tachikawa Station

Genshiken Second Season

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

Episode 5

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Chūō-Daigaku-Meisei-Daigaku Station (中央大学・明星大学駅)

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Note the convenience store, a Family Mart, inside the train station.

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

The Genshiken crew is taking the first Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線) train in the morning, the first leg of another trip across Tokyo to Ariake. With A Certain Scientific Railgun S, Gatchman Crowds and Genshiken, the monorail has been popping up quite a bit this summer season.

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

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Kokusai-Tenjijō Station (国際展示場駅)

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト)

Monogatari Series Second Season

(〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン)
Watch: DaisukiCrunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Chūō Ward, Osaka and Seika, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 4.

Episode 5

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

One thing I’ve always loved about the animation in the Bakemonogatari franchise is how, despite the unusual, highly stylized and at times abstract depiction of urban environments, various bits and pieces of commuting infrastructure jump out in high detail. Markings for bicycle lanes, rail crossings, signals, switches, overhead power lines and others show up repeatedly. Because the rendering style tends to the abstract, it’s not always apparent what or if settings are based on real locations. But for urban dwellers who frequent them on a regular basis, familiar places are still recognizable even after having been distilled down to their essence, as was the case for Mitaka Station (三鷹駅). The station’s large rail yard supports its role as the terminus for the Chūō Line (中央本線), Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線) and Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line (東西線).

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Can you even see Tokyo Skytree from Mitaka? Monogatari, like the others in the series, pulls scenery from cities all over Japan, so don’t get too hung up on geography.

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Monogatari Series Second Season 〈物語〉シリーズ セカンドシーズン

Day Break Illusion

(幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽 Gen’ei o Kakeru Taiyō)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage to the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, which appeared in Episode 4. This is a little bit odd, considering that the settings have been really clear that the show is placed in Nagasaki. I guess the animators couldn’t find a local building they liked.

@Beetle787 made an extensive pilgrimage around Nagasaki, covering Episodes 1 through 3 and the OP credits.

Episode 5

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

I’m not too knowledgeable on Nagasaki landmarks. Anyone recognize this?

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Ginka’s father recounts youthful days with a close friend, to a montage of popular locations in Osaka. This is Osaka Castle (大坂城).

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Dōtonbori (道頓堀)

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Shitennō-ji (四天王寺)

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Back in Nagasaki, Ginka’s father narrowly misses a tram car (Nagasaki Electric Tramway 長崎電気軌道) as he runs across its path.

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

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 made a pilgrimage to Kabukichō, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo for Episode 5.

@ngwrb also made a pilgrimage to Tsudanuma Station, Higashi-Funabashi Station and Funabashi Station, all stops on the Chūō-Sōbu Line, for Episode 4.

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Tenjinbashisuji Shōtengai for Episode 4.

@sennoha13 made a pilgrimage to Tsudanuma Station’s surrounding commercial district for Episode 4.

Episode 5

WataMote ワタモテ

Tomoko takes the Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線) to Shinjuku.

WataMote ワタモテ

Kabukichō (歌舞伎町)

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

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 showed us several famiresu, from Sapporo and Kitakyushu, that may have been used to create the composite of the famiresu where Hasebe and Lucy go for dinner in Episode 4. He later confirmed Kitakyushu as the undisputed location, after more analysis.

Episode 5

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Hasebe and Lucy walk along a tree-shaded sidewalk with wayfinding aid for the visually impaired.

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

In the background, a pedestrian overcrossing

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Hasebe’s sister and Lucy take the subway to deliver a gift

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Miyoshi takes Tōko to a cafe located in an open street shōtengai.

Kinmoza!

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kibaichi updated his Keisei-Usui post to include Episode 5.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Tsudanuma Station and surrounding commercial district for Episode 2 and Episode 4. He also made a very thorough pilgrimage of Keisei-Usui Station, its commercial district and further out residential neighborhood, covering the OP and Episodes 1 through 4.

@sennoha13 (post) and @nishionishio (post) both made complete Episode 4 pilgrimages to Tsudanuma Station, Mimomi Station and Keisei-Usui Station with nearby residential neighborhood.

Episode 5

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

In a flashback, Shinobu and Yoko are depicted walking home from school unsupervised, when they were elementary school students. Children in Japan are taught to walk to and from school in kindergarten, later adding cycling and taking trains to the commuting options.

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Keisei-Usui Station (京成臼井駅)

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Kiniro Mosaic きんいろモザイク

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

(岩鳶高校水泳部 Iwatobi Kōkō Suiei Bu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 5

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

A few short scenes on the main drag through Iwami (岩美) this week.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Iwami Station (岩美駅)

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 Town Where You Live

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Tokyo for the OVA.

 

Special Items

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Ogikubo Station and its surrounding commercial district in Suginami Ward, Tokyo for Fantasista Doll.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Narita Airport for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Fukuoka for Yuyushiki.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station and University of Tokyo for Chihayafuru 2.

@rimatai (post), @code_bk201 (post) and @ngwrb (post) all made a pilgrimages to a school that was used as a model in YuruYuri. The location is somewhere in Tokyo, though no one will say exactly where.

@1000th_summer made a pilgrimage to Matsue, Shimane Prefecture for Asagiri no Miko.