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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 is back in action with a pilgrimage around Kyoto covering Episode 5 through Episode 7, and separate post for Episode 8.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage covering Episode 5.

@ye_bi_su switched from per episode maps to a cumulative series map:


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Episode 8

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Shijō-dōri (四条通), near its intersection with Kawaramachi-dōri (河原町通). In this section of Kyoto, both streets are flanked by wide sidewalks that feature covered shopping arcades, another form of shōtengai.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Shijō-dōri, near Kiyamachi-dōri (木屋町通)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Kamo River (鴨川)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Kiyamachi-dōri

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Yajirō and his father’s last meeting was at an izakaya (居酒屋), a quintessential third place of Japan.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Back to the intersection of Shijō-dōri and Kiyamachi-dōri

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

A favorite pastime of the two was to transform into an antique train car once used by the Eizan Electric Railway (叡山電鉄株式会社), then barge through the streets, terrorizing onlookers. Here they barrel down the Teramachi Kyogoku Shōtengai (寺町京極商店街).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Rounding the corner from Shijō-dōri onto Hanami-koji (花見小路)

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

Higashiōji-dōri (東大路通)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Thanks to @ye_bi_su, we know that this sento isn’t Nishiki-yu (錦湯), as I had thought last week, but in fact Kurama-yu (鞍馬湯).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Ten’nei-ji (天寧寺)

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Kamo River, looking south at Kamo Bridge (賀茂大橋)

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Newyork0201 made a pilgrimage to Hachiōji and Higashimurayama, both Tokyo Prefecture, for Episode 7 and Episode 8.

Episode 8

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

Araragi and Shinobu travel back 11 years, to a time when his suburban neighborhood was at an earlier stage of development. The area is modeled on Higashimurayama, a city at the western edge of Tokyo Prefecture.

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

Though suburban, the city is still far more dense than most North American style suburbs, with ample pedestrian infrastructure.

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

The traffic signal motif continues from the previous episode.

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

Neighborhood kōban

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

Gatchaman Crowds

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

Episode 7

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Rui returns home by train after the meeting 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

Rui confronts Berg Katse at the waterfront in Tokyo’s Kōtō Ward, which is part of the reclaimed land created in Tokyo Bay.

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 Galax user participates in a collective effort while waiting for a train.

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 17 though Episode 19.

Episode 19

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

Febri is taken for a ride on the Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線). Though the train appears frequently in the show, this is the first time to my memory that any of the characters has boarded.

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

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

Episode 8

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Yū takes a call from Tomoko while taking a train on a beach trip with classmates. The orange and green Shonan color scheme and sea in the background suggest the San’in Main Line (山陰本線), somewhere in Tottori Prefecture, but could just be coincidental.

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Kinmoza!

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to the Usui neighborhood covering Episode 5 through Episode 7.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Mimomi Station and Keisei-Usui Station for Episode 3.

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to Keisei-Usui Station, Mimomi Station and Tsudanuma Station:

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage to the ward office of Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo for Episode 8. This is one of the few settings in the show based on locations actually in Hokkaido.

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture covering the OP and Episode 1 through Episode 5.

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

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 7.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Episode 1.

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

@ngwrb made a set of pilgrimages covering Episode 13 and the final OVA Episode 14 through Episode 16: Tokyo Skytree and Kinshichō in Sumida Ward, Akihabara and Chiba/Makuhari.

@kouhei15407 made a pilgrimage to Chiba for the the OVAs.

 

Special Items

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji in Musashino, Tokyo Prefecture and Okamoto in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward for Fantasista Doll.

@megtan made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Tokyo, split into posts for Shinjuku, and along Tokyo Bay and the Sumida River for the manga source material of Saki.

@kaminoaraki_485 made a pilgrimage to Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture for K-On!

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Furano, Hokkaidō for Tokimeki Memoriaru Only Love.

@1000th_summer made a pilgrimage to Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture for Asagiri no Miko.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki for Fate/stay night.