Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

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

@seki_saima made a pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 10.

@kai881 made pilgrimages to Jashumon cafe in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, and to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 9 and Episode 10.

Episode 10

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

This week’s episode jumps back and forth in time. Location-wise, we see a good number of flashbacks to previous episodes, but also a key new scene. The episode opens in the past, with Mirai responding to Izumi’s summons.

Update 2013/12/09: Hopefully we didn’t send anyone on a wild goose chase to Inotani Station (猪谷駅) in Toyama, where we originally thought this station to be. It’s actually Ōboke Station (大歩危駅) on the Dosan Line (土讃線) in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Update 2013/12/09: We also have learned that the train is based on the “Moonlight Kōchi” (ムーンライト高知) service which was operated by JR West from August 1989 to January 2009. This was a special night train between Kyoto and Kōchi that used the DE10 diesel locomotive on the unpowered segment between Tadotsu Station (多度津駅) and Kōchi Station (高知駅). For the most part, it ran limited runs during and around peak travel periods, though there were regular weekend services at one point. The Moonlight Kōchi would have passed by (but not stopped at) Ōboke Station, near the Kōchi end.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

The segue out of the scene is your clue that this is the train you see Mirai riding and which moves across the horizon in the opening credits.

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 remainder of the episode is mostly fleeting images from the past and from Akihito’s dream. Here is Kashiharajingū-mae Station (橿原神宮前駅) in winter—

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

—and again in the summer.

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Kashihara

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Izumi receives Mirai when she arrives in Nara for the first time. This is the south exit of Yamato-Saidaiji Station (大和西大寺駅).

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Beyond the Boundary 境界の彼方

Two past scenes with Mirai and Izumi at the PINOCCHIO cafe on Sanjō-dōri (三条通) in Nara

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

Kashihara

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Episode 22

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

Before leaving Okinawa, we get a few shots of Shuri Castle (首里城) as Kaiki and Senjougahara conclude their discussion.

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

Once back in Tokyo, Kaiki starts out in the west. Here is the Sunroad Shōtengai (サンロード商店街), part of a cluster of dense pedestrian development adjacent to Kichijōji Station (吉祥寺駅) in Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis.

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

Update 2013/12/11: Aya! A second false identification in the same issue! This isn’t Musashi-Sakai Station as previously thought, but Shakujii-kōen Station (石神井公園駅) in Nerima, Tokyo Metropolis. The blog 異常感想注意報 has the scoop.

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

Once outside, the system of elevated pedestrian walkways over the bus rotary is a shift to Mitaka Station (三鷹駅). Mitaka and Kichijōji are both stops on the Chūō Line (中央本線), while Shakujii-kōen is on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線).

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

Update to the update 2013/12/17: The underpass and the row of arches are neither Yūrakuchō, as I originally thought. @rimatai has the clear winner identified in Kanda (神田), Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, along the Chūō Line track between Kanda Station and Ochanomizu Station. Prevously, @Newyork0201 identified the narrow arches (not pictured here) at Kichijōji Station. Kaiki is in two places at the same time.

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

Update 2013/12/09: Thanks to @paffue (post) we know that this waterside promenade is not in Tokyo, but actually made up of seaside locations from Otaru and Hakodate in Hokkaido Prefecture. However, the cut of the bridge and traffic ramps (below) remains unidentified. Never underestimate the ability of Monogatari to throw location curveballs!

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

Galileo Donna

(ガリレイドンナ Garireidonna)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 8

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

I’m following Galilei Donna, but it’s not on my review list for the weekly so I missed this in the last round. It’s more or less a fluff episode, but we get some more coverage of recently very popular Kyoto.

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺)

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Arashiyama (嵐山), Kyoto Tower (京都タワー)

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

A walk along the Kamo River (鴨川)

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Yasaka-jinja (八坂神社)

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

An extensive visit to Fushimi Inari Taisha

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

The interesting part for me was really the second half of the episode. Though we’re in an alternate near future, Shijō Kawaramachi (四条河原町), the intersection at the heart of modern downtown Kyoto, looks more or less the same as it does here and now.

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Hazuki is on Shijō Bridge (四条大橋) when she encounters the air pirates.

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

The awning in the background on the right is the entrance to Ponto-chō (先斗町).

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Anna, Hozuki and Kazuki walk through Nishiki Market (錦市場). Many thanks to @ye_bi_su for stopping by the market on the spur of the moment to confirm that for me!

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

Galileo Donna ガリレイドンナ

What was this episode supposed to be about? Oh right, we had to go to the Yagyū clan grave at Hōtoku-ji (芳徳寺) in Nara.

White Album 2

(ホワイトアルバム2 Howaito Arubamu 2)
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Episode 9

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

The opening scene shows a main street with wide sidewalks and storefronts on both sides, and a pedestrian overcrossing in the distance. I’m stumped as to whether it’s an actual place in Tokyo, so chip in if you recognize it!

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

A train passing through the neighborhood at night is a transitional device used to move the scene to Haruki’s apartment. It’s been used in previous episodes and happens a second time in this one.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

After Tōma’s performance, the three meet at a cafe.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Outside, a wide sidewalk is separated from the street by trees and shrub beds.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Haruki and Setsuna take their usual walking route along the river embankment (土手 dote) near Kōnodai Station (国府台駅). As noted earlier by visitors (here and here), some construction work that began in November and is scheduled to run until March 2014 has complicated pilgrimage efforts for the time being.

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

Haruki stops in the Shinjuku (新宿) central business district to purchase a gift on the way to Setsuna’s home.

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

The Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線) really gets put through its paces in this show, covering not only its own route, but also shown in areas that would be covered by the Keisei Main Line and Kawagoe Line.

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

Kyousougiga

(京騒戯画 Kyōsōgiga)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ made a Kyoto pilgrimage for Episode 7.

Episode 7

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

In the background is the five story pagoda at Tō-ji (東寺). On the street we see the Kyoto City Tram (京都市電), first built and operated by the Kyoto Electric Railway and later absorbed by the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau. The network was the first commercial electric streetcar in Japan, opening in 1895 and operating until 1978, when the system was decommissioned to prioritize automobile traffic. This specific segment would have been part of the city loop line.

Kyousougiga 京騒戯画

A few new angles of the Sekisui-in (石水院) at 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

Coppelion

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

Episode 10

Coppelion コッペリオン

The plan to escape by reactivating the train commences.

Coppelion コッペリオン

In the series of drawings that accompany the narration of the plan, we see that the intended escape vehicle is the iconic 201 series EMU train painted in Chūō Line orange, which was retired from service on October 17, 2010.

Coppelion コッペリオン

Update 2013/12/11: Third time’s a charm? The launch point is not Musashi-Sakai Station, but Higashi-Koganei Station (東小金井駅), one stop further west.

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Non Non Biyori

(のんのんびより)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation (photos) and @kibaichi (post) both made pilgrimages to Shibuya Station in Tokyo for Episode 9.

Episode 9

Non Non Biyori のんのんびより

Hikage takes a phone call from Renge while navigating through Shibuya Station (渋谷駅) in Tokyo. Above is the enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting the west side of the station with Shibuya Mark City complex, which includes the Keio section of the station, the terminal of the Keio Inokashira Line (京王井の頭線).

Non Non Biyori のんのんびより

Hikage and classmate head toward the Inokashira Line gate.

Non Non Biyori のんのんびより

Meganebu!

(メガネブ!)
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Episode 9

Meganebu! メガネブ!

A second stop at Shuri Castle (首里城) this week, as the seniors go on a class trip to Okinawa.

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meganebu! メガネブ!

I believe this is the Makishi Public Market (牧志公設市場).

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meanwhile back in Sabae, Mitsuki and Hayato make a stop in the shōtengai for glasses repair.

Meganebu! メガネブ!

Meganebu! メガネブ!

 

Special Items

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to the Yuwaku Onsen in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for the full length movie Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Goryō-jinja in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for the 2012 film version of Nerawareta Gakuen.

@ye_bi_su posted the latest entry, covering Episode 8, in a series of Tamayura: More Aggressive pilgrimages shot with a Rollei 35S film camera.

@ye_bi_su attended the winter illuminations opening ceremony at Seibo Jogakuin Junior College (聖母女学院短期大学) in Kyoto, the model for the students’ academy in Tamako Market.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Mount Takao in Hachiōji, Tokyo Metropolis for Yama no Susume.

@fureshima participated in promotional events in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture tied to Yama no Susume. I believe this was the same event @kakuretajigen shared earlier in November. @fureshima covered additional events that took place in the first week of December.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Tama Station in Fuchū, Tokyo Metropolis for Hentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.

@fureshima updated, with the help of a friend, a previous pilgrimage to Mount Tenran in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume. The missing image? The ever elusive shot of Mount Fuji not obscured by clouds or fog.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture for Fate/Zero.

@sahimitu made a pilgrimage to Otaru and Hakodate, Hokkaido for Hidamari Sketch.