Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

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.

Wake Up, Girls!

Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Wake Up, Girls!

Kōtōdai Park (勾当台公園)

Wake Up, Girls!

Though scenes from the Sendai Subway feature use of a contact-less IC fare card, no system currently exists there. Prepaid fare cards, SKIP and Joy, are available, but these are inserted into the reader at ticket gates just as a normal single ride ticket would be. This is Kita-Yobanchō Station (北四番丁駅).

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Though many local businesses have made appearances in the show, Cafe Bijou (喫茶ビジュウ) seems to get the lion’s share of screen time, including interior shots during scenes set in the cafe. (website | Twitter | Tabelog)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Kita-Yobanchō Station

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Here and in previous episodes, when we jump to a short scene of the I-1 Club rehearsals, an image of Tokyo is always presented first as part of the transition. Here is a reflection of Tokyo Skytree.

Wake Up, Girls!

Back to Sendai

Wake Up, Girls!

Kumagai-ya (熊谷屋) (website | Facebook | Twitter)

Wake Up, Girls!

The Sendai branch of LOFT, adjacent to Sendai Station (仙台駅)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

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

@jo2_pushi made a pilgrimage to the Kyoto Aquarium, and to Kusatsu and Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture for Episode 2, and a second pilgrimage to Ōtsu covering Episode 1 through Episode 3.

Episode 4

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

The McDonald’s across the street from the train station in the center of Ōtsu (大津) is occasionally used as a third place, as its location makes it a natural meeting point along the route home in the afternoon.

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

Dekomori and other students walk to school on their morning commute.

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

After school, everyone gathers in the large blue tiled plaza connecting Ishiyama Station (石山駅) and Keihan Ishiyama Station (京阪石山駅).

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

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha

(いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nobucafe updated a previous pilgrimage to include scenes from Fushimi Inari Taisha and Fushimi-Inari Station in Fushimi Ward, and Keage Station in Higashiyama Ward for Episode 2.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Fushimi Inari Taisha and nearby areas in Kyoto for the OP and Episode 1.

@tsuruga_mega took a more comprehensive look at the life-sized cardboard cutouts of characters from the show placed in Keihan Main Line stations for which they’re named and badges on the trains themselves.

@lidges posted additional photography of Fushimi Inari Taisha, covered in snow. It’s not specifically a butaitanbou post, but does have some really wonderful images.

Episode 3

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。

While there were no neighborhoods or other Kyoto locations to note this week, the parade of Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) beauty shots continues unabated.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。

World Conquest Zvezda Plot

(世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~ Sekai Seifuku: Bōryaku no Zvezda)
Watch: CrunchyrollDaisuki

Episode 3

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

Kate has declared war on cigarette smokers and puts the full resources of Zvezda into a campaign to eradicate their behavior and, if need be, their existence. The show’s “West Udogawa” is modeled on Tachikawa (立川市), Tokyo Metropolis, but could just as easily be any city or suburban community in Japan. Though long term trends indicate smoking is on the decline, particularly among younger Japanese, it is still permitted in many public places and businesses that are frequently off limits in parts of the US. Public transit facilities are fortunately one of the places that do ban smoking.

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

As someone with fairly acute respiratory sensitivity to environmental tobacco smoke, I have to admit I quite enjoyed this one.

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

Taspo (タスポ)

World Conquest Zvezda Plot 世界征服 ~謀略のズヴィズダー~

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil

(ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル Wizādo Barisutāzu – Benmashi Seshiru)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Asakusa and Ueno, Tokyo for the OP, ED, and Episode 1 through Episode 3.

@mint0066 made a pilgrimage to Asakusa for the ED and Episode 1.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Ueno for the OP and Episode 1.

Episode 3

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

This shot of the Butterfly Law Offices grafted into Ameya-Yokochō (アメヤ横丁) is always the same perspective, but each time uses different environmental light.

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

A flashback shows the trial defendant chasing her victim through narrow alleys in a bar district.

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil ウィザード・バリスターズ〜弁魔士セシル

Golden Time

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

Episode 16

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

After their nearly disastrous car accident, Kōko is met by her father at Kinshichō Station (錦糸町駅) in Sumida Ward, Toyko. The area around the station is an example of recent transit-oriented development that I’ll cover in volume two of The Tokyo Project.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

@nobucafe made what I thought was a pretty insightful comment. High school classmates of his were killed in a very similar accident while on a trip during college, when the driver fell asleep and caused a head-on collision. Being the driver means taking on the responsibility for the lives of others (and your own). I wonder how many people run that through their mind each time they put the key in the ignition. Building the case for transit-oriented development frequently cites environmental pollution reduction and community enhancement as primary outcomes. Reducing your chances of being hurt or killed tends not to get as much play, perhaps sounding too much like fear mongering.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Noragami

(ノラガミ)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish (post) and @teo_imperial (post) made pilgrimages to Shakujii Park in Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Episode 4.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Ōizumi-gakuen Station and surrounding commercial district in Nerima for Episode 1 and Episode 3.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Ōizumi-gakuen Station for Episode 1 and Episode 2, returned for Episode 3, and made a pilgrimage to Niiza, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 1. Though a seichijunrei old hand, he’s brand new to Twitter, so send some follow love.

Episode 4

Noragami ノラガミ

Update 2014/02/12: I originally thought this was Shibuya Mark City/Shibuya Station, but it’s actually the entrance to Marui City Shibuya, at the end of Kōen-dōri.

Noragami ノラガミ

This is Shibuya Station (渋谷駅), looking out over the scramble crossing from ekimae.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Seitokai Yakuindomo*

(生徒会役員共*)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@chabata_k made a pilgrimage to Sagamihama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 4.

Episode 4

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Cosmo Clock 21 is a Yokohama icon. The giant Ferris wheel is part of Cosmo World (コスモワールド), an amusement park in Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21), the city’s waterfront central business district. The Ferris wheel featured prominently in an episode of Honey and Clover, and was the tallest in the world at the time it opened.

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*

Yokohama Grand InterContinental Hotel

Hamatora

(ハマトラ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing updated his pilgrimage to Yokohama to include locations from Episode 1 through Episode 3.

Episode 4

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora also made a stop at Cosmo World (コスモワールド) this week.

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

Hamatora ハマトラ

A young boy waits for a bus home after finishing cram school in the evening.

Hamatora ハマトラ

No-Rin

(のうりん Nōrin)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gonta0822 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City for Episode 1 and to Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Minokamo and Nagoya Station for the OP and Episode 1.

@nandakaomo made a pilgrimage to Minokamo.

 

Special Items

@ohagi23 wrote an analysis of multiple depictions of Ramen Jiro in anime going back to 2010, including appearances in Space Dandy, The Idolmaster and Shin Koihime Musō.

@habusan made pilgrimages to Saginomiya in Nakano Ward, and Omotesando and Yoyogi Park (all Tokyo) for Nisekoi.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to a commercial street adjacent to Ōizumi-gakuen Station in Nerima, Tokyo Metropolis for Robot Girls Z.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (post) and @fureshima is preparing for one (post) to Kōriyama, Fukushima Prefecture for Mikakunin de Shinkōkei.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sapporo for Samurai Flamenco.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Yamato-Saidaiji Station and Nara proper for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@626shin made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to Nara and Kashihara for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@habusan created a “Field Guide” of detailed instructions for making a pilgrimage to Ōboke Station in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage (post 1, 2 and 3) to Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kiniro Mosaic.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to the Tenjin area in Fukuoka City for Sketchbook ~full color’s~.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to San Francisco, California for Macross Frontier.