Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

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 11, even matching the time of day for his photographs to match the show in almost all locations.

Episode 11

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

This week saw some life imitating art. As tropical storm Man-yi swept over western Japan, normally placid rivers and canals in Osaka and Kyoto became raging rapids, some overflowing their banks. In Uchōten Kazoku the summoning of Raijin, the god of thunder, has brought rain, wind and ominous skies over Tadasu no Mori (糺の森) and the Kamo River (鴨川).

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

Just off the west end of the Kamo Bridge (賀茂大橋), in front of the Bon Bon Cafe

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The soba shop Shizu-ya (司津屋) provides the model for the one in the show, located on Teramachi-dōri directly opposite the west entrance of the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai (出町桝形商店街前).

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 shopfront where Yodogawa and Soun exchange the caged Yaichirō is, in real life, the restaurant Akahige (赤ひげ) Kiyamachi location. This is on an unnamed narrow street on the opposite side of the canal from Kiyamachi-dōri (木屋町通).

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Yashirō escapes from the Ebisugawa hydroelectric power plant.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Yodogawa continues along Kiyamachi-dōri toward the Friday Fellows dinner in Ponto-chō (先斗町). For most of its length, the street has a single lane for vehicle traffic, but the many calming elements such as wide sidewalk, canal, bridges and pedestrian streets on adjacent blocks make this a prime location for strolling in the center of Kyoto’s commercial district.

The Eccentric Family 有頂天家族

Akitsuki Bridge (秋月橋)

Gatchaman Crowds

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Mitaka Station in Mitaka Ward, Tokyo for Episode 9.

Episode 10

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

The sun sets over Tachikawa-Kita Station (立川北駅) and the elevated walkways that connect the station with the Tachikawa (立川) central business district.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線)

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

We see Umeda again using a mamachari.

Gatchaman Crowds ガッチャマンクラウズ

Berg Katse sets the CROWDS loose on 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

Joe transforms in the street under the monorail tracks before rushing off to defend the city.

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses

(Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-Hen)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 11

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

Keima chooses the river crossing stones and embankment (土手 dote) as a location to trigger Ayumi’s event. Dote are common features found anywhere that developed, low lying land abuts a body of water. While ostensibly there to provide flood protection, they often feature pedestrian walking paths, access points, benches and other amenities that make them a kind of public space.

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

Agents of Vintage fan out across town. This one passes in front of a grade level railroad crossing (踏切 fumikiri).

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

Chihiro directs them to a shōtengai to seek cover. A friend of hers lives in one of the residential apartments on the upper level of one of the shopfronts.

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

The World God Only Knows: Goddesses 神のみぞ知るセカイ 女神篇

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nobucafe updated his Iwami, Tottori Prefecture pilgrimage with new scenes from Episode 10.

Yacchan shares the scenes of Iwami that appear in Episode 11.

Episode 11

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa take a train to Rei’s home.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

The pass through a shōtengai on the walk from the train station.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

The swim club gets a send off in front of Iwami Staiton (岩美駅), where they wait for a long-distance bus.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

They arrive in Ukyō Ward, Kyoto, the location of the regional competition.

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

Kyoto Aquarena (京都アクアリーナ)

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Sapporo for Episode 5 and Episode 7 through Episode 9.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Star Road, shotengai known for bars and lively nightlife near Asagaya Station in Suginami Ward, Tokyo for Episode 3 and Episode 4.

Episode 12

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Hasebe and Lucy meet in front of Sapporo Station (札幌駅) to go out on their date.

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

Servant x Service サーバント×サービス

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 22

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

Misaka watches the Tachikawa cityscape roll by from the 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)

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)

Genshiken Second Season

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

Episode 11

Genshiken Second Season げんしけん 二代目

Hato sees off old friends at 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

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 11

WataMote ワタモテ

Tomoko walks through a shōtengai on the way home from school.

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Mitaka and Higashimuraryma, both Tokyo Prefecture, and Seika, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 1, Episode 4, Episode 5 and Episode 8.

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 Osaka for 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 (post) and the blogger of ヤマジュンのアニメ聖地探索 (post) both made pilgrimages to Ōkunoshima in the Seto Inland Sea for Episode 12. If you like rabbits, these posts are for you!

@lidges also made pilgrimages to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Episode 5, to Takehara, Kure and the Ondo-no-seto strait for Episode 6, and again to Takehara and the Bamboo Joy Highland for Episode 8.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 11.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Takehara for Episode 11 of the first season, Tamayura: Hitotose.

 

Special Items

The Asahi Shimbun ran an article about events surrounding the premiere of the film version of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. It discusses the efforts that Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture has made to support and capitalize on pop culture tourism based on the film and preceding anime series.

@rimatai visited Mitaka Station in Mitaka Ward, Tokyo for the key visual of upcoming Coppelion, slated to begin broadcasting in October 2013. Meanwhile, @sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, including a ride on the Osaka Monorail Saito Line, for the manga source material on which the show is based.

@nobucafe updated his pilgrimage to Kashihara, Nara Prefecture with scenes from the second PV of Kyōkai no Kanata.

@shira_ry (post) and @rimatai (post) both made pilgrimages to Ogikubo Station in Suginami Ward, Tokyo for Kitakubu Katsudō Kiroku. @lidges also shared a pilgrimage to Okayama Station, Marugame Castle in Kagawa Prefecture, and some urban neighborhoods in Kagawa that he thought might be additional visual models before the other pilgrims had made the discovery of Okikubo as the definitive setting inspiration.

@paffue made a two very comprehensive pilgrimages to Yokohama for Futari wa Milky Holmes. The first focuses on the waterfront business district for Episode 1 through Episode 10. The second covers additional neighborhoods further west for Episode 1 through Episode 7.

@rimatai made a second pilgrimage in Ogikubo for Fantasista Doll.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Shibuya crossing in Tokyo for Senki Zesshō Symphogear G.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Kobe Bridge for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Yokohama for Futari wa Milky Holmes.

@shira_ry made a comprehensive pilgrimage to multiple locations in Nagano Prefecture, including a ride on the Nagano Shinkansen, for RDG Red Data Girl.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Sumida Ward, Tokyo for the Oreimo season two OVA.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Nerima-Takanodai Station in Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Yuyushiki.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Hiroshima for Nisemonogatari.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture for the Rīn no Tsubasa ONA.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to the Nipponbashi area in Naniwa Ward, Osaka for Lucky Star.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to a residential neighborhood surrounding Mikage Station on the Hankyu Railway Kōbe Main Line for Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Kotoura-chō, Tottori Prefecture for Kotoura-san.

@ngwrb made one pilgrimage to Hiroshima, and a second to the Harborland business district in Kōbe for Busou Shinki.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Shakuji in Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Fate/Stay.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture for Kamichu!