Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

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.

Beyond the Boundary

(境界の彼方 Kyōkai no Kanata)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@mjvito (that would be me) made a pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 1 through Episode 3.

@seki_saima (post) and @kai881 (post) made pilgrimages to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 7.

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 5 and Episode 6.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage (post 1, 2, 3, 4) to Nara and Kashihara covering Episode 2 through Episode 6.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Nara covering Episode 2 through Episode 5.

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara covering multiple episodes.

Episode 7

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

In a bit of a inside joke, the opening scene where Sakura battles the youmu takes place next to the Kyoto Animation (the show’s producer) studio, near Kowata Station in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Mirai can’t pass up a promotional all-you-can-eat event at a local udon shop. Now that I think about it, we ate lunch at an udon shop that had wood paneling in downtown Nara the day we visited.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

The main street runs between Kashiharajingū-mae Station (橿原神宮前駅) and the shrine itself

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

East side of the Kintetsu Kyoto Line (京都線) tracks, just south of Takanohara Station (高の原駅)

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Mirai and Sakura face-off at the Tsubai Market (椿井市場) in Nara, a few minutes walk from Sanjō-dōri (三条通), the main commercial street, and due directly south of Kintetsu Nara Station.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Mirai and Sakura walk along the west side of Sarusawa Pond (猿沢池).

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

In the distance are the grounds of Kōfuku-ji (興福寺), one of several sites in Nara on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the first place most people encounter when entering Nara Park from the west side.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

The “calm” enters Nara, spilling across Sanjō-dōri from the west—

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

—and down Yasuragi-no-michi (やすらぎの通) from the north.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

@ssslocation suggested this location as the campus of Nara College of the Arts, on the south side of Fukada Pond. It’s tricky because the image in the show is flipped 180 degrees from the normal north at the top map convention. Looks pretty convincing to me.

Kyousougiga

(京騒戯画 Kyōsōgiga)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ made a Kyoto pilgrimage for Episode 5.

Episode 5

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

The “station opening” features the second Kyoto Station (京都駅) building (1914-1950) as well as train equipment resembling that which would have been in use around the early Showa period.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

While playfully arguing with Yase, Kurama gives a retelling of the Hachikō (ハチ公) story. The layering of their creative interpretations on top of the scene at Kyoto Station implies that Myōe is an analog to the faithful dog, waiting for his masters to return despite little reason to believe that will come to pass.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Tatsumi Daimyojin (辰巳大明神)

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kōzan-ji (高山寺)

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Koto and Myōe look out across Kyoto from what appears to be somewhere to the southwest, probably on the west side of the Katsura River (桂川).

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

The scene is manufactured, but the the large brick aqueduct is inspired by the Suirokaku Aqueduct (水路閣) that crosses through the grounds of Nanzen-ji (南禅寺).

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kōzan-ji

Golden Time

(ゴールデンタイム Gōruden Taimu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@megtan made a pilgrimage to Ichigaya, Misakichō and Ochanomizu neighborhoods in Tokyo for Episode 6.

Episode 7

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

The Chūō Line (中央本線) pulls out of Ichigaya Station (市ヶ谷駅).

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

I’m a big fan of the transit card swipe shot. While trains appear frequently in anime, detail shots of very routine behaviors like this seem to suggest a deliberate attempt to put the viewer into the scene. We see it twice in this episode.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Both Kyousougiga and Golden Time invoke Hachikō (ハチ公) in the same week. On the walk from the station to the school, Kōko refers to herself as a loyal canine waiting for Banri’s arrival at the train station. He instantly understands the reference to Hachikō. Like America’s George Washington and the cherry tree, this national anecdote is something that is familiar to just about everyone who grew up in Japan. (Though where the cherry tree story has since been declared of dubious authenticity, Hachikō is a well-documented historical account.)

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

We even get a shot of the statue of Japan’s most famous Akita commemorating the years he waited outside Shibuya Station for the return of his deceased owner. The statue is a popular meeting point in the Shibuya central business district.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Chūō Line overlooking the sotobori (外濠)

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Meganebu!

(メガネブ!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 6

Meganebu! メガネブ!

A stock shortage of a coveted item in Sabae’s pharmacies prompts the club to make an inquiry in the next town.

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Fukui Railway Fukubu Line (福井鉄道福武線)

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meganebu! メガネブ!

This plaza is in the center of the bus/taxi rotary in front of Takefu Station (武生駅) in Echizen (越前市).

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meganebu! メガネブ!

White Album 2

(ホワイトアルバム2 Howaito Arubamu 2)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Minami-Furuya Station in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 3.

Episode 6

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Again, what looks like the Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線) is on the Keisei Main Line (京成本線) tracks, headed toward Oshiage/Tokyo Skytree.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Non Non Biyori

(のんのんびより)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture for the OP and Episode 1 through Episode 5. He was able to confirm from the train station scene in Episode 5 that the train, which also appears in the OP, is based on the Miki Railway Company Miki Line in Hyōgo Prefecture, abandoned since 1985. This is the latest bit of evidence that we are looking not at one specific real world location, but a composite of many places.

Coppelion

(コッペリオン Kopperion)
Watch: HuluViz Anime

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Musashino and Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 6.

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage way up into the mountains in Nakashibetsu, Hokkaido for Episode 17. Sometimes I wonder if Monogatari embeds these random, way off the beaten path Easter eggs just to see if anyone notices.

 

Special Items

@ye_bi_su continues his series of Tamayura: More Aggressive pilgrimages using a Rollei 35S camera. The latest installment covers Episode 7 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Shibuya for Tokyo Ravens.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to the Sakurashimachi neighborhood in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo for Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Yokohama for Strike the Blood.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture for Tokyo Ravens.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture for Yūsha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shūshoku o Ketsui Shimashita.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto for Uchōten Kazoku.

@Beetle787 made pilgrimages to Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture and the LaLaPort complex in Yokohama for Sakura-sō no Petto na Kanojo.

@Tanashiri made a pilgrimage to Kyoto and Kobe for Mangirl!

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage (post 1, 2) to Komoro and Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture for Guilty Crown.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to the Takashimaya in Namba, Osaka for Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb.