No-Rin のうりん

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Tokyo locations that appear in conjunction with the I-1 Club vignettes.

Episode 11

Wake Up, Girls!

Everyone gets geared up for the big trip to Tokyo to compete in the idol contest.

Wake Up, Girls!

Before they go, Sendai streets become their endurance training grounds.

Wake Up, Girls!

WUG fans reconvene at the famiresu for a strategy meeting.

Wake Up, Girls!

More live performances at MACANA

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Sendai City Youth Cultural Center (仙台青年文化センター)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Minami gets a pep talk from the aunties living in temporary housing.

Wake Up, Girls!

Ready to go at Sendai Station (仙台駅)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Tōhoku Shinkansen (東北新幹線)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Tokyo Station (東京駅)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Yamanote Line (山手線)

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

Wake Up, Girls!

No-Rin

(のうりん Nōrin)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@take_630 made a pilgrimage to Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture for Episode 4, Episode 6 and Episode 10.

Episode 11

No-Rin のうりん

Generally, the antics between students take up the majority of screen time, leaving little room for interaction with the community outside the agricultural high school. This week the equation gets inverted, with Kōsaku and Minori taking Ringo on a trip back to their farming village hometown. We depart from Mino-Ōta Station (美濃太田駅) in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, on the Etsumi South Line (越美南線), the only line operated by the Nagaragawa Railway (長良川鉄道).

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

A funny thing about No-Rin, while most of the content is meant to be funny and is occasionally a bit too over-the-top, from time to time it flips into deadpan expositions of very pragmatic and real issues facing rural communities and the agriculture industry. One such instance comes as they depart Minokamo, when Kōsaku gives a brief primer on the history of this rail line and how it ended up in its current state.

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

Aioi Station (相生駅)

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

The second lapse out of drunkenness into a moment of clarity comes when Ringo and Kōsaku look out over the village. He pins the decline of agriculture on the fact that less people choose to live in rural villages. Ringo counters that the causal direction may be the opposite, that agriculture is no longer an appealing career choice and is causing the migration of young talent to the cities.

No-Rin のうりん

Kōsaku then takes her to the dilapidated structure that was his childhood home, before business failure precipitated the breaking apart of the family. It’s probably the darkest moment we’ll get in the entire series, but very much based on reality.

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

The end of the episode ends on a hopeful note, even if leaving the heavy issues unresolved. Village residents partake in their own, modest version of okuribi (送り火), sending lanterns down the river to assist the spirits of ancestors on their return journey to the spirit world.

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

No-Rin のうりん

Ringo tells Kōsaku that the farming village lifestyle still has many aspects that are appealing to her as an outsider, and not to count it as a lost cause.

Silver Spoon

(銀の匙 Gin no Saji)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 10 (Season 2)

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

Shingo Hachiken takes a call from Yūgo while standing at Cape Sōya (宗谷岬). Though not the true northernmost point under Japanese control, it is the northernmost point on Hokkaidō.

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

Hachiken departs from Obihiro Station (帯広駅) on a trip home to Sapporo.

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

Early morning Super Tokachi (スーパーとか) limited express service

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

Silver Spoon 銀の匙

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

@BloodRambo made a pilgrimage to Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for Episode 11.

@etesuke put together a roundup of promotional materials currently installed on the Keihan Ishiyama Sakamoto Line (which appears frequently in Chūnibyō).

Episode 11

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

This week features a return to several of points-of-interest along the Seta River in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture that made frequent appearances in the first season, but have featured minimally in the second installment. This is Karahashi Park (唐橋公園).

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

Seta River Bridge (瀬田川大橋), part of the Tōkaidō (東海道)

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

Karahashi 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

The scenes with Rikka searching around the pylons (and Satone/Yūta searching for her) come from a little bit west from Keihan Ishiyama Station, just off the Tōkaidō (National Route 1).

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

The twin rail bridges are the Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線) crossing the Seta River.

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

@ye_bi_su put together a comprehensive review of final Episode 10 that includes both a pilgrimage to the Kyoto locations and a round up of the other Inari shrines from all around Japan that appear.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinja for Episode 10.

@ye_bi_su (post) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) made pilgrimages to Fushimi Inari Taisha for Episode 9.

Episode 10

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

While it was no surprise to see one last showing of lush Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) art in the series’ big finish, we were also treated to a sampling of Inari shrines from across Japan, as the divine servants from around the country all converge on Kyoto to help Inari journey to the celestial plains.

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。

Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinja (札幌伏見稲荷神社)

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

Shiwafuru Inari Jinja (志和古稲荷神社) in Shiwa-chō (紫波町), Iwate Prefecture

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

Takahashi Inari Jinja (高橋稲荷神社) in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture

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

Taikodani Inari Jinja (太皷谷稲成神社) in Tsuwano-chō (津和野町), Shimane Prefecture

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。

Higashi Inari Jinja (東伏見稲荷神社) in Nishitōkyō (西東京市), Tokyo Metropolis

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

Hanazura Inari Jinja (鼻顔稲荷神社) in Saku (佐久), Nagano Prefecture

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

Rounding Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) on the final leg into the city

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

Fushimi Inari Taisha

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。

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

@ssslocation has been filling in the gaps in his archive of Tokyo locations from the series. This is the landing page with links to all of the sections.

Episode 10

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

We pickup at the end of the previous episode with Cecile’s escape through a lively commercial district.

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

Navigation signs include “Shinjuku”, though precisely where is still not clear to me.

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

Back to 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

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

Okachimachi Ekimae-dōri (御徒町駅前通り)

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

Ueno Park (上野公園), near the entrance to Keisei Ueno Station (京成上野駅)

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation has been filling in the gaps in his archive of Tokyo locations from the series. This is the landing page with links to all of the sections.

Episode 23

Golden Time ゴールデンタイム

Ichigaya Station (市ヶ谷駅)

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

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

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 10

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~

Tachikawa Station (立川駅)

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

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎)

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

Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

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

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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~

Tachikawa City Hall (立川市役所‎)

Noragami

(ノラガミ)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to the Ōizumi-gakuen area in Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Episode 11.

Episode 11

Noragami ノラガミ

Yato and Yukine take Hiyori on a review tour of the local business district, in hopes of remedying her memory loss.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Rail turntables are cool. Rail turntables over iridescent green cauldrons of doom are cooler.

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Hiyori and Yukine meet on a wide river flood protection embankment (土手 dote).

Noragami ノラガミ

Noragami ノラガミ

Seitokai Yakuindomo*

(生徒会役員共*)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 11

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

The Ousai student council takes a public bus to a nearby school’s cultural festival.

Seitokai Yakuindomo* 生徒会役員共*

Hamatora

(ハマトラ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 11

Hamatora ハマトラ

Kannai Station (関内駅) in Naka Ward, Yokohama. The Keihin-Tōhoku Line (京浜東北線) is moving along the viaduct.

 

Special Items

The Kyoto Shimbun ran an article about the various collaborations between the Keihan Electric Railway and anime production companies, mentioning Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Chihayafuru and Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. Generally, the railway promotes the shows through advertising on its trains and in stations. In return, it receives prominent in-show placement that at times includes its logo, as well as the right to use show content in promotional events and products, such as limited edition tickets.

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to the Kyoto locations that appear in the PV for Tamako Love Story, the film sequel to Tamako Market.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for the PV of Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sō, a Brain’s Base production scheduled to premiere in April 2014.

@hiroina_7916ltd made a pilgrimage to the former town of Mikuni, now subsumed into the city of Sakai, Fukui Prefecture, for the first PV of P.A. Works’ Summer 2014 production Glass Lip.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage for Makoto Shinkai’s 2007 film Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second). Locations include Oyama Station in Oyama, Tochigi Prefecture; Iwafune Station in Iwafune, Tochigi Prefecture; and Yoyogi Park, Sangūbashi Station, Yoyogi Hachimangu and Shinjuku Station (latter all Tokyo).

@rimatai made one pilgrimage to Shinjuku, and a second pilgrimage to Asagaya Station and the Asagaya Pearl Center in Suginami Ward (all Tokyo) for Samurai Flamenco.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to the Yumeeteru Shōtengai near Ōizumi-gakuen Station in Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Robot Girls Z.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to the Kameido neighborhood in Kōtō Ward, Tokyo for the film Miraifukuin extra chorus, the most recent film installment of the Kara no Kyōkai franchise.

@k_soryu made a pilgrimage to Ise, Mie Prefecture for Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora.