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

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.

White Album 2

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

Episode 13

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Happy new year! While most anime were either on break or finished their runs around the year end, a handful of last episodes gave us some parting gifts for 2013. In White Album 2, we get more trains crossing the Edo River—

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—and into Kitahara’s neighborhood.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Tōma’s “walk of shame” is not a walk, but a train ride.

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

We’re again taken for a trip on the Narita Express (成田エクスプレス).

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Only this time its Haruki and Setsuna chasing after Kazusa.

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

Throughout the series, the Chūō-Sōbu Line appropriates the train bridge belonging to the Keisei Main Line, as the Narita Express does here. (In the visual novel, the actual Keisei livery is used.) The Keisei Skyliner, which would use this bridge, is the direct competitor of East Japan Railway’s Narita Express.

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

White Album 2 ホワイトアルバム2

Monogatari Series Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kifune Shrine in Sakyō Ward, Kyoto for Episode 26.

Episode 26

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

Though most of the episode is taken up by Kaiki’s confrontation with Sengoku Nadeko, there are a handful of neighborhood shots and an Easter egg or two for good measure.

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

I bet someone out there knows where this is.

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

Kaiki walks the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha one last 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

This frame comes from Kifune Shrine (貴船神社) in Sakyō Ward, Kyoto.

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

There was some conjecture, but no one is quite sure about the whereabouts of this yet.

Golden Time

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Shiki, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 12.

@ssslocation has been quietly making pilgrimages to various locations that have appeared throughout the season, with photograph sets covering Episode 1, Episode 2 through Episode 5, Episode 6, Episode 7 through Episode 11, and Episode 12.

 

Special Items

Keio University PhD candidate Mariko Hanafusa is studying the role of anime pilgrimage (聖地巡礼 seichijunrei) in regional and local revitalization, specifically looking at activity in the Johana district of Nanto, Toyama Prefecture related to the 2008 series True Tears.

The Sakurano Department Store branch in Sendai is hosting an exhibition that introduces seichijunrei and associated regional/local tourism opportunities for several recent popular anime. Sendai will likely be the host of seichijunrei visitors this winter, as the city features in the setting for Wake Up, Girls!

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Tsudanuma Station and surrounding neighborhood in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture; the Sasazuka neighborhood and some nearby locations in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, for the advance broadcast of Episode 1 of Buddy Complex. The show will begin its wide broadcast 2014 January 5.

@MICHEE_N also visited a few locations from the Buddy Complex episode.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Ōtsu and Hino, Shiga Prefecture for the PV and “Lite” Episode 1 of Chūnibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren. The first full episode will air 2014 January 8.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to the Gotō Islands and Nagasaki for the manga Barakamon, scheduled to get an anime adaptation sometime in 2014.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to the Shibuya central business district and nearby neighborhoods for Tokyo Ravens.

@rimatai made pilgrimages to Futako-Tamagawa and Sakura-Shinmachi in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo for Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Infinite Stratos 2.

@habusan updated his “story guide” for Coppelion, now nearing completion. He also continues to work on the story guide for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to the Mount Saijo observatory in Nagano for Non Non Biyori.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture and Shibuya Station in Tokyo for Non Non Biyori.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture for Non Non Biyori.

@ye_bi_su published the Episode 9 installment of his full season series of Tamayura: More Aggressive pilgrimage shot on the Rollei 35S camera.

@ye_bi_su also made a very extensive Kyoto pilgrimage for the 2013 film Hal, directed by Ryōtarō Makihara.

@momo_0331 made a pilgrimage to Kure and Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for the 2011 Hiroyuki Okiura film Momo e no Tegami.

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

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Nagasaki for Gen’ei o Kakeru Taiyō.

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

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Beppu, Ōita Prefecture for Ai Mai Mī.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Hachiōji, Tokyo Metropolis for Nichijou.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Gifu City and Inuyama, Gifu Prefecture for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai.

@1000th_summer made a pilgrimage to Minamikyushu, Kagoshima Prefecture for Asagiri no Miko.