Noragami ノラガミ

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.

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

Episode 9

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

Cecile is all over town this week, beginning with a departure from the Butterfly Law Offices in Ameya-Yokochō (アメヤ横丁).

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

Hotaru and Ageha take a breather above the rail viaduct as the Yamanote Line whizzes past.

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

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

Cecile and Shimizu meet in Ueno Park (上野公園).

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

Shinobazu Pond (不忍池)

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

Tokudai-ji (徳大寺) is a small shrine perched above the steady din of Ameya-Yokochō.

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

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

I wish I recognized this little commercial district. Perhaps located in Akasaka? Well-lit shopfronts and narrow streets create a lively environment for evening strollers.

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

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

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ren

(中二病でも恋がしたい!戀 Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@BloodRambo made a pilgrimage to Hirakata Park in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture; the Kusatsu Municipal Library in Kusatsu and Ichiriyama Park in Ōtsu (latter two Shiga Prefecture) for Episode 10.

@BloodRambo also made a pilgrimage (post 1, 2, 3) covering the Kyūshū story arc in Episode 6 and Episode 7.

Episode 10

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

Hirakata Park (ひらかたパーク) is an amusement park in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture operated by the Keihan Electric Railway (京阪電気鉄道). In Japan, it is common for rail operators to own and manage real estate assets (or for the company itself to be one of several in a portfolio that includes retail, commercial or residential property) in order to increase return on the rail right-of-way.

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

Back in Shiga Prefecture, obon (お盆) preparations are underway at Ichiriyama Park (一里山公園) in Ōtsu.

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

Kusatsu Municipal Library (草津市立図書館)

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

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

Karahashi Park (唐橋公園), along the Seta River in Ōtsu

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

Ichiriyama Park

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

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

Hinokiyama Jinja (檜山神社)

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

Noragami

(ノラガミ)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial (post) and @Roan_Inish (post) made pilgrimages to the Nerima Ward Ōizumi Municipal Library in Tokyo for Episode 10.

@teo_imperial also made a pilgrimage to Suehiro Jinja in Chūō Ward, Tokyo for Episode 9.

Episode 10

Noragami ノラガミ

Hiyori and classmates finish studies and depart from the Nerima Ward Ōizumi Municipal Library (練馬区立大泉図書館), which is nestled in the midst of a dense residential neighborhood.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Hiyori attends hatsumōde (初詣), traveling to the shrine by subway.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

A portion of the road leading to the shrine has been converted into a public street, but a large torii marks the entrance to what would have originally been shrine grounds.

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

Yato, Yukine and Hiyori are drawn into deserted plazas and neighborhood pocket parks as part of trap set by Nora.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Hiyori gets a temporary reprieve with the sunrise. We can see Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) in the skyline behind her.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Wake Up, Girls!

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Episode 10

Wake Up, Girls!

There is a brief shot of Mayu and Airi boarding a city bus. Mayu readies a transit payment card and prepares to swipe at a terminal that looks more like the actual SKIP/Joy prepaid card systems currently used on Sendai public transit, rather than the IC card shown in earlier episodes.

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

MACANA

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

WUG fans gather at famiresu. After almost two years of writing this column, I finally came across a fairly comprehensive explanation for what exactly Japan’s “family restaurants” are, who goes to them, and what you can do there. The food is generally low-cost to begin with, but the fact that it is acceptable to camp out for long periods of time yet order only a small snack or drink (or for some members of a party to not order anything at all) makes it much more in line with the concept of third place compared with conventional restaurants.

Wake Up, Girls!

Golden Time

(ゴールデンタイム Gōruden Taimu)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 18.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Koganei, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 13.

@ssslocation made pilgrimages (post 1, 2) to multiple Tokyo locations, bring his collection of galleries up to Episode 21.

Episode 22

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Banri sulks around the main commercial street running through his neighborhood.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

After encountering neighbor Nana, the two walk and talk on the return to their apartment building.

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha

(いなり、こんこん、恋いろは。)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Izumo Taisha in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture for Episode 8.

Episode 9

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

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社)

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。

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。

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。

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。

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。

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。

Saki: The Nationals

(咲-Saki-全国編 Saki: Zenkoku-hen)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Tsukasa_ikezuki made a pilgrimage to Miyamori in Tōno, Iwate Prefecture for Episode 8.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Jan Jan Yokochō in Naniwa Ward and Namba, both Osaka, for Episode 7 and Episode 1, respectively.

 

Special Items

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Mikuni-Minato in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for the just announced P.A. Works Summer 2014 production Glass Lip.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Sasazuka, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo for Buddy Complex.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Hachiōji, Fuchū, Setagaya Ward and Edogawa Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for D-Frag!

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shibuya, Tokyo for Mahō Sensō.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Tokyo for Witch Craft Works.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to the Jashumon cafe branch in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Ueno, Shibuya and Nihonbashi for Tokyo Ravens.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Naha, Okinawa for Meganebu!

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Nakano Ward, Tokyo for Samurai Flamenco.

@Barnirun made a pilgrimage to Tsūtenkaku and Shinsekai in Naniwa Ward, Osaka for Samurai Flamenco.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, Tokyo for Devil Survivor 2: The Animation.

@lycoper419 made a pilgrimage to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer.

@megtan made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.