Coppelion コッペリオン

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.

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made pilgrimages to Shakujii-kōen Station in Nerima and Kichijōji Station in Musashino, both Tokyo Metropolis, for Episode 25.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to the Temmabashi in Osaka for Episode 25.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Okinawa for Episode 21 and Episode 22.

Episode 25

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

More Monogatari signature location blending this week. All of these initial nighttime shots roll off in a quick sequence. We begin at Shakujii-kōen Station (石神井公園駅) in Nerima, 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

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

Now we’ve moved to Sunroad Shōtengai (サンロード商店街) in Kichijōji (吉祥寺).

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

This is the Keio section of Kichijōji Station (吉祥寺駅), the terminus of the Keio Inokashira Line.

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

? (maybe Mitaka)

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

The arched bridge is Temmabashi (天満橋), crossing the Okawa River in Osaka.

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

Still don’t know!

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

Kichijōji Station

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

Shakujii-kōen Station

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

Again, Kaiki’s background theme incorporates the torii from Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto. As he sits with Ononoki on the station platform, the rolling billboard behind them cycles through other Kyoto landmarks and locations that appeared in earlier episodes.

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

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

Just to keep you on your toes, what begins as another Kaiki torii monologue becomes an actual visit to the inner sections of Fushimi Inari Taisha.

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

White Album 2

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

Episode 12

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

As always, the elevated train passing through the neighborhood is our location cue for Kitahara’s apartment.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Kazusa and Setsuna meet at the burger shop, their preferred third place.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

I like that the animation doesn’t cut corners with the background action, showing patrons interacting with merchants and other pedestrian activity in the street below.

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 school looks out over the Edo River and the train bridge between Kōnodai Station (国府台駅) and Edogawa Station (江戸川駅) on the Keisei Main Line.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Kitahara searches for Tōma amid the street activity.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Notable is that, while we often see pedestrians depicted strolling in this area at all times of the day, it’s not actually closed to car traffic. There is a single traffic lane and sidewalks, but norms allow for pedestrians to safely use the whole space when there are no vehicles passing through.

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

Pedestrian overcrossing

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 closer shot of the embankment (土手 dote) along the river

Coppelion

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

Episode 13

Coppelion コッペリオン

The Chūō Line (中央本線) continues its mad dash into the center of what was once Tokyo.

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

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Outside the Shinjuku Station east exit

Coppelion コッペリオン

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (モード学園コクーンタワー)

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

The series’ key visual, a shot of Mitaka Station (三鷹駅) through the street from the south

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

Coppelion コッペリオン

At the conclusion of the episode/series, the Coppelion head out for their next mission, due south along the east side of Shinjuku Station.

Coppelion コッペリオン

Beyond the Boundary

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@mystic_azimuth made a pilgrimage (English) to Nara and Kashihara covering the entire season.

@seki_saima updated his full season pilgrimage with interior shots from the Nara Hotel.

@habusan updated his full season “Story Guide”, which is now near completion.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to the Nagoya City Archives (originally the Nagoya Court of Appeals), used as the model for the courthouse in the web shorts “Idol” series released by Kyoto Animation.

@kai881 made a quick pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara for Episode 12.

 

Special Items

Navitime, a leading provider of maps and route search applications in Japan, released a ranking of the top anime pilgrimage locations by search volume in 2013. At the top of the list are Kanda Shrine in Tokyo for Love Live!, Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto for Uchōten Kazoku, and Aqua World in Ōarai for Girls und Panzer.

Rakuten Women covered an event held in Ikebukuro, Tokyo promoting anime pilgrimage (聖地巡礼 seichijunrei) to casual anime fans. Regional and local governments are increasingly looking at seichijunrei as a possible tourism draw.

Japan web portal developer DIP Corporation announced it will release a smartphone app in Spring 2014 that will collect location data relevant to anime pilgrimage and allow users to explore those places virtually via Google Street View. The concept has received an ambivalent reaction from many in the core seichijunrei community. For dedicated practitioners, finding and going to the actual place is the whole point of the exercise.

@lidges published a summary of all his 2013 anime pilgrimages, 35 in all, including the two from this week (below). This extensive coverage is made more impressive by the fact that his home is in Shikoku. Most of these expeditions require a considerable amount of travel for him.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture for Nōrin, premiering January 2014.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto combining the manga source, promotional images and anime PV of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, premiering January 2014.

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

@kouhei15407 collected scenes from New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido; Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture; and Naha, Okinawa Prefecture from Hentai Ōji to Warawanai Neko.

@nally45 made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo Metropolis for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to the Meiji Mura Museum in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture for Fate/Zero.