Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

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 7

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

Kamo River (鴨川)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Demachi Bridge (出町橋)

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 professor’s co-op near Demachi Masugata Shōtengai

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Correction 2013/08/30: The model for the sento is not Nishiki-yu (錦湯), as I had originally guessed. Investigation by @ye_bi_su shows it to be Kurama-yu (鞍馬湯).

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

Map of Arashiyama showing the Togetsukyō Bridge from the beginning of the episode

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Most likely in the Gion district, possibly Hanami-koji (花見小路)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Rokudō Chin’nō-ji (六道珍皇寺)

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

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

@buzz_tawagoto made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Skytree for Episode 14.

@kouhei15407 is working on an Episode 14 through 16 pilgrimage, but went back to first cover some locations from Episode 11 through 13.

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to Tokyo Skytree:

Episode 14

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

This pedestrian plaza and shōtengai appear in the opening scene.

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

In a flashback, one of our last looks at Chiba Park and the Chiba Urban Monorail (千葉都市モノレール).

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Akihabara (秋葉原)

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

Throughout the Oreimo franchise, I can’t remember any time that Chūō-dōri was not closed off to vehicle traffic. In real life, the arterial road becomes a hokōsha tengoku (歩行者天国), literally “pedestrian paradise”, on Sunday afternoons.

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

Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー)

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

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Kyousuke chases Kirino around the nearby commercial development that was built in conjunction with the landmark tower.

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

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Kyousuke’s confession to Kirino takes place amid the large pedestrian plazas and retail development located at Kinshichō Station (錦糸町駅) in Sumida Ward.

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

Episode 15

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

A last meeting at the original Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara, the first permanent establishment of this type of cosplay business.

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

Akihabara UDX

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

Episode 16

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Kyousuke and Manami’s last walk to school.

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 and Kyousuke head out on one final romp around Akihabara.

Oreimo 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない

Day Break Illusion

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sagra_k made a pilgrimage around Nagasaki, covering the whole series through Episode 6. This is a previous pilgrimage covering scenes from the earlier episodes. He captured many neighborhoods adjacent to the locations that appear in the show. Excellent photography in both posts.

Episode 7

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

The tarot card users have a rare day off, so set about on a sightseeing tour of Nagasaki.

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Nagasaki Electric Tramway (長崎電気軌道)

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Nagasaki Chinatown (長崎新地中華街). During the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate from the 15th to 19th centuries, Nagasaki was the only part of Japan open to foreigners. Chinese traders’ movement was restricted to within Chinatown at night time.

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Pedestrian greenway along both sides of the Nakashima River (中島川)

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Meganebashi (眼鏡橋), lit. Spectacles Bridge

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

The altar at Ōura Church (大浦天主堂), believed to be the oldest church in Japan.

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Bidoro, from the Portuguese word for glass, refers to the handcraft blown glass technique brought to Japan through the port of Nagasaki by Portuguese traders in the 16th century.

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen one of these in an anime before. Gaisensha (街宣車), sound trucks, are used by political parties and candidates (usually extreme right-wing) to blast messages over loudspeakers to passers by and are generally considered a nuisance.

Day Break Illusion 幻影ヲ駆ケル太陽

Gatchaman Crowds

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Toyosu Station for Episode 5.

Episode 6

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

News of a Gatchaman sighting breaks around the Tachikawa central business district.

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 stationary story where Hajime works is in the Lumine retail complex atop Tachikawa Station (立川駅).

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Galax users help Hajime and Utsutsu escape from chasing press, leading them on a looping run through Lumine, down to the station level and out into the central business district.

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

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 mastermind behind Galax leads them to a meeting at Tachikawa Grand Hotel (立川グランドホテル).

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

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made two pilgrimages for this franchise. One was to Ōsu in Naka Ward, Nagoya, the location of the integrated traffic light and walk signal from Episode 7 of the current broadcast. He didn’t make a separate trip, but believes the seaside park scene from the same episode to be in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. The other is a pilgrimage to Shimonada Station on the Yosan Line in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture for Nekomonogatari (Kuro). Possibly the most random locations of the week!

@Newyork0201 made a pilgrimage to Higashimurayama and Mitaka, both Tokyo Prefecture, for Episode 1 and Episode 5.

Episode 7

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

This week opens with a protracted discussion of intersection clearance interval, the period of time when signals in all directions are red, which is meant to reduce the probability of accidents due to vehicles and pedestrians crossing late in the cycle or after the phase change. It’s pointed out that this merely reduces the chance, but doesn’t eliminate it. Additionally, there are other sources of danger related to the prevailing norms of transportation design. I bet you didn’t think you were going to get a mini-lecture in planning principles when you tuned into Monogatari this week ^_^

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

Per the pilgrimage above, this unusual signal is taken directly from real life, and can be found in the Ōsu area of Naka Ward, Nagoya.

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

In the Bakemonogatari franchise, the flat, blocky style of the backgrounds can make them fade behind the action, but there are moments of clarity when bits of urban infrastructure jump out in high detail. In the case of this episode, the red light motif quickly gets out of hand.

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

The momentary obsession with traffic signals is a run up to the revelation that the apparition Hachikuji’s death was caused by a truck striking her while she crossed the street at a crosswalk with the green signal.

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

Later, Araragi encounters Ononoki while waiting for a crossing signal. His apprehension both of the apparition and new found fear of crossing the street causes his gaze to dart around the area scanning for danger. The glances fly by fast, but if you slow them down you realize just how many urban elements are present. My mind often doesn’t think of Bakemonogatari as having a city setting, perhaps because there are generally no people in the scene other than the main characters, but it’s right there just beyond the foreground.

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

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

Episode 18

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)

Tachikawa-Kita Station (立川北駅)

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

Kongo apprehends a mugger in this heavily pedestrian trafficked side street.

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)

Uiharu and Saten walk along a tree-shaded, protected sidewalk.

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)

An electrical failure snarls vehicle traffic in the Tachikawa central business district, but foot traffic continues as normal on the elevated walkways that connect the two train stations to each other and surrounding area.

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)

Saten directs everyone to a shortcut through a park to another part of Academy City.

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture for the OP, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@lidges made significant updates to a previous pilgrimage to Iwama, adding cuts from recent episodes.

Episode 7

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Rin’s nightmare gives us one new slice of Iwami (岩美), but otherwise it’s more of the same scenes.

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

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sapporo to take a snap of the shopping center in Episode 7, as well as show how some of the subway stations were likely used as general models for the show.

Kinmoza!

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Keisei-Usui Station and surrounding commercial district covering the OP and Episode 1 through Episode 4, as well as a pilgrimage to Tsudanuma Station.

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

@Bf109K1 made a comprehensive pilgrimage to Mihara and Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, for Episode 6, as well as a Takehara pilgrimage covering Episode 8.

@habusan has made an encyclopedic pilgrimage for all Tamayura: More Aggresive through Episode 7.

 

Special Items

@nobucafe1 made a pilgrimage to Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for the PV of upcoming new season of Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!

@nobucafe1 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS.

@Beetle787 (post), @aqcuaria (post) and @nishionishio (post) made pilgrimages to Gifu Station and Nagara, Gifu for Love Lab.

@hiroina_7916ltd made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Chihayafuru.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to the Tatebori neighborhood in Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture for Chihayafuru 2.

@fureshima made a hiking pilgrimage to Tenransan and Tonosuyama in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for the manga source material of Yama no Susume.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Iida city, Nakagawa village and Takagi village, all Nagano Prefecture, for the One Off OVA.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Iida, Nagano Prefecture for Saki.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force East Fuji Maneuver Area for Girls und Panzer.