Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

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.

Special Notes:

For the Winter 2014 season, many of the shows that seem to be of most interest for this analysis are loaded to the back end of the week. I’m going to experiment with shifting to Sunday posts, so that the writeup doesn’t become rushed. Sometimes, this also helps to catch more reports from weekend pilgrimages by the seichijunrei community that are relevant to shows that aired that week, so if it works well I might make the change permanent.

Apologies for the length of this post. Between all of the premieres and the Wake Up, Girls! film there was a lot to look at this week! You may want to grab a snack first.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren

(中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@haruhianago was the quickest out of the gate with a pilgrimage to Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for Episode 1. He also revisited Hinokiyama Shrine and scenes from the Seta River from Episode 5 and Anō Station from Episode 6 of Season 1.

@seki_saima has a more polished and comprehensive pilgrimage for Ren Episode 1. Here is his authoritative Season 1 pilgrimage from 2012.

Episode 1

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

A new season is upon us and with it, the arrival of the latest and highly anticipated offering from Kyoto Animation in a second installment of Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! For a number of reasons, this has been one of my favorite shows to come along in the past several years. Though it appears lighthearted and sometimes silly on the surface, it deals with some pretty serious themes like the childhood loss of a parent, the conflict between interests/fantasies and desire for social acceptance and, as the title suggests, the need to be loved. To boot, we explore Ōtsu (大津), the capital of Shiga Prefecture on the shores of Japan’s largest lake, Lake Biwa (琵琶湖). Ōtsu was briefly the capital of Japan, later becoming the final post station prior to reaching Kyoto on the Tōkaidō (東海道 East Sea Road).

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

As before, each morning Yūta and Rikka walk across the Seta River Bridge (瀬田川大橋), part of the Tōkaidō, on their commute to school.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Once again, they take the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line (京阪石山坂本線) from Keihan Ishiyama Station (京阪石山駅). The rolling stock is either the 3rd generation Keihan 600 series train (京阪600形電車 3代) or 3rd generation Keihan 700 series (京阪700形電車 3代). The two are very similar and, without a model number, nearly indistinguishable.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

The school is unchanged. Though previously depicted in the show as being reached via Anō Station (穴太駅) on the Ishiyama Sakamoto Line, its model, the former Kaigake Elementary School (旧鎌掛小学校), is a train trip to the east of the prefecture, in Hino (日野).

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Yūta and Rikka scan the window of a real estate office looking for her new apartment. This is just to the east of Ishiyama Station, though at this address is in real life a bar.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Though the appearance of the apartment complex is modeled on a real building in the area, its placement on the east shore of the Seta River is a fabrication.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

The riverside park, however, is real.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren 中二病でも恋がしたい!戀

This week was mostly a reintroduction of the characters and premise, light on locations. Let’s look forward to more exploration during the season!

Wake Up, Girls!

Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

While many anime production committees are aware of the potential for pilgrimage (聖地巡礼 seichijunrei) interest when a show incorporates some or all of a real life location, Wake Up, Girls! took this a bit further, actively promoting the setting of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture and providing reference material prior to the opening of the film and premiere of the TV series (both on 2014 January 10), as well as international simulcast streaming in 108 countries, this weekend. There are pros and cons to this approach. On the one hand, Sendai is a bit of a journey from Kanto and even farther for Kansai folks, so this was a way to signal that there was enough substance to merit a trip. This probably resonates well with many casual visitors, but for the core seichijunrei/butaitanbou community, it does take away the opportunity for investigation and thrill of discovery. It’s difficult to please everyone.

The choice of Sendai carries symbolism much deeper than any of the plot themes presented as of the first episode. Sendai is the largest city in the Tōhoku region (東北地方), which suffered catastrophic damage during the March 2011 magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake and tsunami. The coastal areas of Sendai suffered heavy damage and losses, and what remained became a shelter for people who fled from affected cities and towns throughout the region in the aftermath of the disaster. My hope for for Wake Up, Girls! is that it can both remind the rest of Japan and the world that the region is still working very hard to recover from the trials of the last three years, but also that it is too early to count out regional cities as centers of vitality and culture, as depopulation and flight of young talent to the center threaten the success of communities beyond Greater Tokyo.

With the advance maps and guides provided, some people traveled to Sendai for the weekend in order to set out on pilgrimages immediately after the film launch and TV premiere.

@freez_mikan posted last week, using some promotional images, and was the first to post from Yōmōdai Park, which overlooks the city.

He’s pinning locations to a Google Map:


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@Tsukasa_ikezuki made a pilgrimage to Aoba Shrine and the Sendai City Youth Cultural Center at Hitachi Systems Hall.

Several of the pilgrimage A-Team were in or are still in Sendai, so I’ll look out for some thorough reports in the next few days and come back around to update this post if needed.

Update 2014/01/13: Video pilgrimage from @ts_kobaya came out late last night:

Update 2014/01/14: @ye_bi_su made an exhaustive pilgrimage of Sendai for the film.

Update 2015/01/15: @ye_bi_su pilgrimage for Episode 1.

Wake Up, Girls! – Seven Idols (Film)

(Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル Wake Up, Girls! Shichi-nin no Idol)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Sendai Station (仙台駅)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Yōmōdai Park (洋望台公園)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Sendai Station

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Loople Sendai (るーぷる仙台), operated by the Sendai City Transportation Bureau

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Hayashida Airi’s family operates a confectioner out of a shophouse, with the storefront on the lower level and residence above. It’s based on Kumagai-ya (熊谷屋)—even keeping the actual shop name in the show—where you can go for a sweet treat or two if you are in Sendai (website | Facebook | Twitter).

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Yōmōdai Park (洋望台公園)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Correction 2014/02/23: I had originally thought this was the Sunmall Ichiban-chō Shōtengai (サンモール一番町商店街), but it’s actually the Hapina Nakakechō Shōtengai (ハピナ名掛丁商店街), near Sendai Station.

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Sendai holds the largest Tanabata (七夕) festival in Japan.

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Statue of Date Masamune (伊達政宗), a powerful daimyo in the Tōhoku region during the Edo period and the founder of Sendai

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Sendai Station

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Kumagai-ya (熊谷屋)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

The practice space is part of the Sendai City Youth Cultural Center (仙台青年文化センター), a multipurpose performance facility open to the public (explanation in English). It hosts the Sendai International Music Competition and is the home of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra. Though it has supposedly been called Hitachi Systems Hall (日立システムズホール) since naming rights were negotiated in 2013, the new name shockingly appears not to have stuck.

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Sendai skyline view from Aoba Castle (青葉城)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Kōtōdai Park (勾当台公園)

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Wake Up, Girls! - Seven Idols Wake Up, Girls! 七人のアイドル

Episode 1

Wake Up, Girls!

More or less all of the TV series’ OP is images from the film, so we’ll jump right into the first episode. Here is the Loople Sendai (るーぷる仙台) again.

Wake Up, Girls!

Kōtōdai Park

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Hatsumōde at Aoba Shrine (青葉神社). If you can read it, the Japanese version of the Wikipedia article about the shrine is much more detailed.

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Kita-Yobanchō Station (北四番丁駅)

Wake Up, Girls!

Kumagai-ya (熊谷屋)

Wake Up, Girls!

Cafe Bijou (喫茶ビジュウ) is a faithful recreation of its real life counterpart (website | Twitter | Tabelog).

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Sendai Station

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Ending Credits

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Sendai Pageant of Starlight (SENDAI光のページェント) [official website]

Wake Up, Girls!

Saki: The Nationals

(咲-Saki-全国編 Saki: Zenkoku-hen)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made pilgrimages the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Yoyogi Park, Hibiya Station and the Tokyo International Forum in Yūrakuchō, and Kyosu Bridge connecting Chūō and Kōtō wards (all Tokyo) for Episode 1.

Episode 1

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki returns for the final mahjong showdown pitting teams from across Japan against each other for the national title and, hopefully, reuniting Saki with her sister Teru. Though this is primarily a sports competition genre show, occasional backstory elements take us out of the event and into towns and cities around Japan. This episode opens with the introduction of one of the new teams, showing the moment when they originally came together to meet their coach at a rural train station.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

We then switch to a buildup sequence as the various teams journey to the national competition. Saki and Nodoka prepare to depart Nagano for Tokyo.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

The Kiyosumi High School team gets its first glimpse of Tokyo through a train window.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Kyosu Bridge (清洲橋) over the Sumida River (隅田川)

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Obligatory shot of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) passing Mount Fuji

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Kiyosumi arrives at Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) on the Super Azusa (スーパーあずさ), a limited express service operated by East Japan Railway Company between Shinjuku and Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

The team is staying in Yoyogi, so looks for its connecting train after arrival.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

During the competition, they will stay at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (国立オリンピック記念青少年総合センター) in Yoyogi Park, originally part of the Olympic Village from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

The team travels by subway to observe some of the preliminary events.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

They exit at Hibiya Station (日比谷駅), pausing for a moment to look across the street at the outer grounds of the Imperial Palace.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

The competition is hosted at the Tokyo International Forum (東京国際フォーラム), an event space in Yūrakuchō near the palace and Tokyo Station.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Ending Credits

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Hisa Takei and Mihoko Fujuki are depicted at a grade level railroad crossing (踏切 fumikiri) in a residential neighborhood.

Update 2014/01/14: This is at Yoyogi-Hachiman Station (代々木八幡駅).

Seitokai Yakuindomo*

(生徒会役員共*)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@chabata_k (post), @kibaichi (post) and @ssslocation (post) made pilgrimages to Sagami-Ōno Station and adjacent shōtengai in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 1.

@sekisaima (post) and @ssslocation (post 1, 2) previously made pilgrimages to multiple locations for the first season of Seitokai Yakuindomo.

Episode 1

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Like its first season, this second round of Seitokai Yakuindomo features some pretty rough humor that may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If teenagers saying gloriously dirty things works for you, you can also enjoy richly detailed backgrounds and careful attention to depictions of public space and transit use in this first episode.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Students commute to school by train. The shot of the city rolling past with their reflections in the window puts the viewer into the carriage.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

This is Sagami-Ōno Station (相模大野駅) in Sagamihara (相模原), Kanagawa Prefecture.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Young children also commute by public transit, unaccompanied by adults.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Outside the station, morning commuters walk through a bustling shōtengai.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Though the story content is nothing alike, the lighting, color palate and detail in the background art feel much like that from the first Ghost in the Shell film.

No-Rin

(のうりん Nōrin)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gonta0822 is the first out of the gate with a pilgrimage to Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture for the OP and Episode 1.

Here again is @lidges pilgrimage from a few weeks ago for the PV, much of which appears in Episode 1.

Episode 1

No-Rin のうりん

A popular idol announces her sudden retirement and escapes to an agricultural high school in Gifu Prefecture.

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

She slips out of the city unnoticed, via Tokyo Station (東京駅). The historic red brick Marunouchi Building was part of a recently completed and extensive renovation which I wrote about in 2013.

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

She changes from the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) to a local train at what I think would have to be Nagoya Station. The service names have been changed, but I’m guessing “Akari” is the Hikari and “Kibō” is a Nozomi.

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

The school and town are modeled on the Kamo Agriculture and Forestry High School (加茂農林高校) in Minokamo (美濃加茂), Gifu Prefecture.

No-Rin のうりん

Opening Credits

No-Rin のうりん

They don’t arrive until the end of Episode 1, but these are the opening credits, the first time we actually see scenes from the town of Minokamo.

No-Rin のうりん

Mino-Ōta Station (美濃太田駅)

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

At the edge of Kobirinkin Park (古井近隣公園), next to the point where National Route 248 crosses over the Takayama Main Line

No-Rin のうりん

Buddy Complex

(バディ・コンプレックス Badi Konpurekkusu)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing previously 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, which aired for the rest of us this week.

Episode 1

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

At the end of the first episode, the protagonist is transported to the middle of a combat zone in the future. While it’s not clear if we’ll return to present day Japan, this initial installment has some rather nicely detailed local neighborhoods. This is Tsudanuma (津田沼) in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, a Tokyo commuter town.

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Tsudanuma Station (津田沼駅)

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

High school students commute by rail

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Later, we race through this busy shōtengai and narrow neighborhood streets in Sasazuka (笹塚), Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Some of the shots are in the same or nearly the same locations as those used in Hataraku Maō-sama!

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Buddy Complex バディ・コンプレックス

Hamatora

(ハマトラ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing previously visited Yokohama for material from the anime PV and manga, much of which appeared in Episode 1.

Opening Credits

Hamatora ハマトラ

Private investigators with special powers operate in Yokohama (横浜).

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街)

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Ending Credits

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Episode 1

Hamatora ハマトラ

Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21), Yokohama’s bayside central business district

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (横浜赤レンガ倉庫)

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Noragami

(ノラガミ)
Watch: Funimation

Opening Credits

Noragami ノラガミ

I wouldn’t harp on shows for habitually inserting the same damn shot of Shibuya crossing if the story actually had a meaningful tie to the space. This infraction aside, Noragami is quite well animated, from fluid movement to cinematic camera angles and carefully composed background art. Our domain appears to be outer wards and cities on the west side of Tokyo Metropolis.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Ending Credits

Noragami ノラガミ

In the ending credits, Hiyori walks through a residential neighborhood and encounters a passing train at a grade level railroad crossing (踏切 fumikiri).

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Episode 1

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Yato’s search for a lost cat begins at this transit hub.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Hiyori’s hospital room views the Shinjuku skyline from the east.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

The second half of the episode takes place in the narrow streets of a residential neighborhood.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

This unusual bridge is out in Niiza (新座), Saitama Prefecture

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Golden Time

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

Episode 13

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

The festival club participates in the Awa Odori (阿波踊り). This large street dance event is specific to Tokushima Prefecture, though it’s possible we’re seeing the smaller version held in Kōenji, Suginami Ward, Tokyo.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Google Maps managed to capture (maybe intentionally) some of the action in Street View images. Click north to walk back through the parade:


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Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

 

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For the fourth consecutive year, over 470,000 people visited Washinomiya Shrine in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for hatsumōde, the first shrine or temple visit of the new year. The shrine became a popular anime pilgrimage destination after it was featured in Lucky Star.

The Asahi Shimbun ran an article discussing the organized and ongoing pilgrimage activity in the Johana district of Nanto, Toyama Prefecture related to the 2008 series True Tears.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ueno, Asakusa, Nishi-Nippori and Shibuya (all Tokyo neighborhoods) for the PV of Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil, premiering 2014 January 12.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for the PV of Sekai Seifuku: Bōryaku no Zvezda.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Kaohsiung, Taiwan for Nobunagun.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Tokyo for the PV of Super Sonico The Animation.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Funabori Station in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo for D-Frag!

@hauyashi made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okaishiin Da Ga.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Bizen, Okayama Prefecture for Tokyo Ravens.

In addition to his encyclopedic “Story Guide” for Kyōkai no Kanata, @habusan has repackaged the material into “Field Guides” to assist pilgrims wanting to make their own tour of the Nara central business district and Yamat0-Saidaiji Station.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@Beetle787 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.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to the Shinjuku central business district in Tokyo and aboard the JR East Narita Airport Express for White Album 2.

@kouhei15407 took advantage of travels to make a pilgrimage to locations at the Kansai International Airport, Naha Airport, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium and even recreated the scene from the Premium Class seating aboard an ANA flight for Monogatari Series Second Season.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to the Ōsu area in Naka Ward, Nagoya for Monogatari Series Second Season.

@cairn_07 made pilgrimages to the candy shop in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo and Shibuya Station (both Tokyo) for Non Non Biyori.

@ye_bi_su made an addendum pilgrimage for Uchōten Kazoku featuring season or time specific events that occurred in the show, including fall leaves in Arashiyama, Christmas decorations in the Teramachi Kyōgoku Shōtengai, and with the help of @los_endos_, Gozan no Okuribi/Daimonji and hatsumōde at Shimogamo Shrine.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Nipponbashi in Naniwa Ward, Osaka for Servant x Service.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Sakura and Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kiniro Mosaic.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture for Sasami-san@Ganbaranai.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture for Mayo Chiki!

A Thai blogger made a pilgrimage to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu.

@Roan_Inish made one pilgrimage to Kishimonjin-dō in and Kishibojinmae Station on the Toden Arakawa Line in Toshima Ward, and an additional pilgrimage to Yanagimori Jinja in Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo) for Steins;Gate.

@mo__cheese made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture for Neon Genesis Evangelion.