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

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.

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 multiple Tokyo locations covering Episode 7 through Episode 12.

Episode 12

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

Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー)

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

This cut, a local cheap eats meeting place presumably in the Shitamachi part of town, along with the cuts of subway commuters and Ameyoko shoppers that follow, are what I had hoped we’d gotten to see more of in Wizard Barristers. This part of Tokyo, away from the wealthy high-rise districts, has wonderfully rich and colorful street life that is a real joy to experience on foot.

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

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

Tokudai-ji (徳大寺)

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

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 11

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

Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線)

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~

Elevated pedestrian plaza connecting Tachikawa Station (立川駅) and Tachikawa-Kita Station (立川北駅)

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~

Saki: The Nationals

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

Episode 13

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

In a flashback, the Miyamori team waits on a train platform on their trip to Tokyo.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Achiga hits the subway for a night out on the town.

Saki: The Nationals 咲-Saki-全国編

Wake Up, Girls!

Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture covering Episode 5 and Episodes 6 through 8 and, most significantly, to Kesennuma for Episode 9. He describes at length the state of earthquake and tsunami recovery in Kesennuma, and compares the events with his own experience of the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake.

@karora111 has been making pilgrimages throughout the season, but only recently popped up on my radar. Since his posts jump from place to place and aren’t organized by episode, I’ll just give you the links:

http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32128453/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32128454/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32259575/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32369429/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32513849/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32574093/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32649826/
http://minkara.carview.co.jp/en/userid/406288/blog/32697309/

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

@seki_saima published a substantial update to his Season 2 pilgrimage itinerary—nearly the entire season of Shiga Prefecture locations as one batch.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Ōtsu and other locations in Shiga Prefecture, covering a representative sample of shots from both seasons of the show.

No-Rin

(のうりん Nōrin)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Minokamo and the village of Aioi in Gujō (both Gifu Prefecture) for the OP, Episode 11 and Episode 12.

 

Special Items

The Fukui Shimbun ran an article describing the expectation of pop culture tourism to Mikuni, a former village now absorbed by Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for the summer scheduled P.A. Works production Glass Lip.

@kbt_tigers1985 has more coverage of the return of the “Haruhi Clock” at Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station.

@sky_dj_ (post) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) made pilgrimages to Mikuni in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for the first PV of Glass Lip.

@R_ada_cchi made a pilgrimage to the Kamo River and Lake Biwa canal in Kyoto for the PV to upcoming film Tamako Love Story, the sequel to the Tamako Market series.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for the PV of Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sō. In this archive is a listing of multiple pre-broadcast pilgrimages over the past several years based on the manga source material.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku Gyoen and Sendagaya Station in Tokyo for the Makoto Shinkai film Kotonoha no Niwa (Garden of Words).

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo for selector infected WIXOSS.

@habusan produced a composite map of pilgrimage locations for Nagi no Asukara based on exploration by several other bloggers.

@paffue posted the second part of his pilgrimage to Fushimi Inari Taisha and an additional post covering Keage Station and vicinity (all Kyoto) for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

@darkflame_esper (post) and @R_ada_cchi (post 1, 2 and 3) made pilgrimages to Fushimi Inari Taisha for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture for the final episode of Golden Time.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Kōriyama, Aizu-Kawaguchi Station in Kaneyama, and Aizuwakamatsu (all Fukushima Prefecture) for Mikakunin de Shinkōkei.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to multiple locations for Tokyo Ravens.

@Roan_Inish made a return pilgrimage to the school in Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture to capture the cherry blossoms from the OP to Non Non Biyori.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Etajima, Hiroshima Prefecture for Aoki Hagane no Arupejio -Ars Nova-.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hyōka.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Lake Hamana in Shizuoka Prefecture for Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A.

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

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Okinawa for Fresh Pretty Cure!