Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

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

@kai881 (post) and @seki_saima (post) made pilgrimages to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 8.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to the pond adjacent to Kyoto Animation’s studio in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for the opening scene from Episode 7.

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 7.

@seki_saima added additional cuts from Yamato-Saidaiji Station from the special short feature on KyoAni’s YouTube channel this week.

Episode 8

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

This week, new shots of familiar places and a handful of new ones, as well. In particular, there was a large amount of on-screen time for transit use and railway assets. The episode opens at Yamato-Saidaiji Station (大和西大寺駅), called “Hananodera” in the show.

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

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

At the end of the school day, everyone walks back to Kashiharajingū-mae Station (橿原神宮前駅). Despite the fact that the visual model for Akihito’s apartment is in the vicinity of the school in Kashihara, everyone is depicted as commuting home by train to various locations due north.

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

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Mitsuki is at an intersection near Yamato-Saidaiji Station when she encounters Fijimu.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Train-otaku were quick to note that something is a little off with the carriage Akihito rides and that appears again in the Yamato-Saidaiji trainyard. The interior resembles, though isn’t an exact copy, of that from the Keihan 3000 series trains. Since those only run on the Keihan Line between Osaka and Kyoto, it’s one of the few departures from strict realism in the show.

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

When it finally arrives at “Hananodera Station” (Yamato-Saidaiji), the exterior is a match to the Kintetsu 3220 series train (近鉄3220系), which is used on both the Kashihara Line and Kyoto Line.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

The metered parking lot is a short walk from Sarusawa Pond (猿沢池) in downtown Nara.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

This pedestrian street leads north to Tōdai-ji (東大寺). This Buddhist temple in Nara Park is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and is home to the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Yamato-Saidaiji Station is the transfer point for several Kintetsu lines serving Kyoto, Osaka and Nara, and the location of a large rail yard and shed.

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

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

The konbini, a Lawson, is close to Mirai’s apartment complex. Folks in the know will be able to find it quickly.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Kashiharajingū-mae Station platform. Hmm, seems familiar…

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Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Kyousougiga

(京騒戯画 Kyōsōgiga)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ reviewed the live action Episode 5.5, which had voice actors introducing some of the Kyoto sites incorporated into the show, and revisited the locations to take a look at some of the details highlighted in the program. He also updated the Episode 2 pilgrimage to include a visit to the school in Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture.

Episode 5.5

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

This week was a special live action edition that featured a few of the voice actors from Kyousougiga hosting a tour of some of the locations used as models for “Kyoto Through the Looking Glass”. It’s seichijunrei/butaitanbou-lite, if you will. First on the list was Genkō-an (源光庵), the source of the round and square windows framing Myōe and Koto in the first episode. The windows are named: the round one being “Window of Enlightenment” while the square is “Window of Delusion”. I found one photographer that has taken some great shots through the windows during past autumn seasons.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Next was the very well-known Chion-in (知恩院). This was in the PV for the current show and I’m guessing came from one of the earlier original net animation shorts, though we haven’t yet seen it appear in the current broadcast as of this writing.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kurama-dera (鞍馬寺). An interesting note is that the show depicts the temple down in the middle of the city, while in real life it is up in the mountains of Kita Ward.

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

The second half of the episode was devoted entirely to Kōzan-ji (高山寺), one of the 17 Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a subset of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

The character Myōe is modeled loosely on the Buddhist monk of the same name that founded Kōzan-ji at the beginning of the 13th century.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

An interesting tidbit: Kōzan-ji claims to have the oldest known site of tea cultivation in Japan.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Sekisui-in (石水院) is the oldest extant structure on the site. Fire and damage from conflict have resulted in many temple and shrine structures being rebuilt over the years, sometimes more than once.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

The Chōjū-giga (鳥獣戯画) is a set of four drawings in ink on paper scrolls that are kept at Kōzan-ji, and the work from which Kyousougiga takes its name and inspiration. The scrolls date to Heian and Kamakura periods, and though Myōe was not the author (as is suggested by the story in the show), it is believed that he was responsible for bringing them there. Some consider the Chōjū-giga to be Japan’s first manga.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

Golden Time

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Ichigaya, Misakichō and Ochanomizu in Tokyo for Episode 6.

Episode 8

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

The amusement park where the group takes Mitsuo is based on Yomiuri Land (よみうりランド), located adjacent to the Yomiuri Giants baseball stadium in Inagi, Tokyo Metropolis.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

What’s notable is that the entire complex is accessible by two rail stations: Keiō-Yomiuri-Land Station (京王よみうりランド駅) on the Keiō Sagamihara Line and Yomiuri-Land-mae Station (読売ランド前駅) on the Odakyū Odawara Line. There is a small amount of parking at the complex, but not nearly enough to accommodate the level of car traffic that is commonly found at North American sports arenas. The expectation is that most people will come by train or bus. In the episode, Kōko and Banri meet Chinami at the Keiō station.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

As in previous episodes, we get an IC card swipe shot. Chinami uses a card case with a strap.

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

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

Non Non Biyori

(のんのんびより)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gromit1446 (post) and @Roan_Inish (post) made a pilgrimages to Katsushika Ward on the northeastern outskirts of Tokyo for the candy shop that was used as the model for the one that appears in Episode 2.

@Roan_Inish also made a pilgrimage to Ōme Station in Ōme, Tokyo Metropolis for the wooden, stand-up noodle shop in Episode 5.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Chiwa Station (知和駅) on the JR West Inbi Line in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture. This is based on a photograph used for of the cover of on particular edition of volume 2 of the manga. There are several scenes in the manga that resemble some parts of the station, but thus far nothing like it has appeared in the anime version.

@kibaichi made a pilgrimage to the rural schoolhouse in Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture.

Episode 7

Non Non Biyori のんのんびより

We saw the candy store earlier, in Episode 2. What’s notable this time is how Kaede invites Renge back into the residential area of the structure. This is an example of a shophouse, a mixed-use building type commonly found in urbanized parts of East and Southeast Asia. In Japan, there is very little in the way of restrictive zoning as is common in North America, which gives a wide range of freedom for entrepreneurs to convert residential compartments to commercial uses, or vice versa. This is an important contributor to the mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods found in Japanese cities.

Non Non Biyori のんのんびより

Non Non Biyori のんのんびより

Coppelion

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Chōfu, Mitaka, Musashino (cities in Tokyo Metropolis) and Takaido, Suginami Ward, Tokyo for Episode 7.

@habusan has been compiling an encyclopedic catalog for the entire series, now filled out with pilgrimages to most of the scenes through Episode 7.

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 pilgrimages to Blue Lake in Biei, Hokkaido Prefecture for Episode 20 and to Shibuya, Tokyo for Episode 12.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kobe for Episode 14.

@Newyork0201 made a pilgrimage to Ochanomizu, Yoyogi and Yotsuya neighborhoods in Tokyo.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel

(蒼き鋼のアルペジオ Aoki Hagane no Arupejio)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Mikasa Park in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 4.

 

Special Items

@gonta0822 made a pilgrimage to Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture for the PV of No-Rin, premiering January 2014.

@rimatai (post) and @tianlangxing (post) made pilgrimages to the Shibuya central business district for Tokyo Ravens.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Akihabara for Outbreak Company.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Strike the Blood.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Shibuya ekimae for Strike the Blood.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Samurai Flamenco.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kobe and Osaka’s Dotonbori area for Ghost in the Shell: ARISE. He also captured the key visual from the second season of Tēkyū while in Dotonbori.

@Roan_Inish made pilgrimages to Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto Station, Shijō-dōri, Kamo River delta, Teramachi/Shin Kyogoku Shotengai and Daimaru department store for Uchōten Kazoku.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Bamboo Joy Highland in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura: More Aggressive.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture for Free!

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Gatchaman Crowds.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Ōmi Shrine in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for Chihayafuru 2.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Hakata Station, Kitakyushu, Osaka and Sapporo for Sakura-sō no Petto na Kanojo.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Shindoji, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture for Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Fujisawa and Enoshima for Tari Tari, divided into multiple posts: Key Visuals and OP/ED, Episode 1, Episode 2.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Komoro, as well as Ōmachi and Karuizawa, all Nagano Prefecture, for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kōka, Shiga Prefecture for Tsuritama.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Chūō Ward, Sapporo for Kanon.