One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

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.

Mekakucity Actors

(メカクシティアクターズ Mekakushiti Akutāzu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Center-Kita Station in Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama and Odaiba, Tokyo for Episode 1.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Kamimeguro Hikawa Jinja in Meguro Ward, Tokyo for Episode 1.

@anicobin made a pilgrimage to Center-Kita for Episode 1.

Episode 1

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

I did a double take as the first episode of Mekakucity began, thinking there must have been a technical glitch and I was seeing something from the Monogatari series. The striking similarities aren’t too surprising once you realize it comes from the same team of director Shinbō Akiyuki and studio Shaft. Everything from the flat, blocky, mostly deserted cityscapes, blending of multiple real world locations used as visual models, to the use of jump cuts and toggling between 16:9 and 2.40:1 aspect ratios immediately throw viewers into Araragi Koyomi’s world, for those familiar with those previous works. While it was an interesting first outing, I’m hoping that it can slip into its own unique groove.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

@sky_dj_ recognized this as the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge (明石海峡大橋) that crosses the strait between Honshu and Shikoku.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

The opening cityscapes are mostly too abstracted to recognize, but we eventually arrive at a location we do know, Odaiba (お台場), the large artificial island in Tokyo Bay. The viaduct carries the driver-less Yurikamome (ゆりかもめ) line that links Odaiba with Shimbashi Station in Minato Ward.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

In this frame, the covered platform in the distance is Daiba Station (台場駅).

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

In this cut, we are looking down from Kamimeguro Hikawa Jinja (上目黒氷川神社) in Meguro Ward.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Back to Odaiba.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

This is a neat trick. If you’re familiar with Odaba and follow the show as if it were actually set there, you might think this was Daikanransha (大観覧車).

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

However, the next cut deposits us quite a distance south, in front of the Mosaic Mall near Center-Kita Station in Tsuzuki Ward, Yokohama. This was one of the main backgrounds in Kokoro Connect.

One Week Friends

(一週間フレンズ。 Isshūkan Furenzu.)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kibaichi made a pilgrimage to Tama for the ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2; Hino for the ED; and to Fuchū Station for Episode 2 (all Tokyo Metropolis).

Episode 2

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends is looking to be this season’s top representative for common transit use behavior depiction. Here is a contact-less IC fare card swipe as Fujimiya exits Seiseki-Sakuragaoka Station (聖蹟桜ヶ丘駅).

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Hase and Fujimiya meet for their date at the same station. How liberating it must be for high school students to have mobility options that don’t require parents to transport them in cars.

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

When they discover the crêperie they had planned to visit was closed, Hase suggests they improvise and head to a karaoke parlor instead. They travel by train to Fuchū Station (府中駅).

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

They return by the same route at the end of the afternoon. All of these trips occur on the Keiō Line (京王線). With extensive inclusion of Keiō stations and trains, including the actual company name and logo, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was a promotional collaboration between the railway and anime production committee. A mention buried in the end credits confirms the Keiō parent group’s involvement.

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Seiseki-Sakuragaoka Station

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Love Live! School Idol Project

(ラブライブ! School idol project Rabu Raibu! Sukūru aidoru purojekuto)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue (post) and the blog 管理人こうの趣味のページ―アニメ館 (post) made pilgrimages to Akihabara and Kanda Myōjin for Episode 1.

Episode 2 (Season 2)

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

The group takes a train out of Tokyo and up into the mountains for a retreat.

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Brynhildr in the Darkness

(極黒のブリュンヒルデ Gokukoku no Buryunhirude)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for the OP and Episode 2.

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto for Episode 1.

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to the Observatory History Museum at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan for Episode 1.

Episode 2

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

Matsumoto (松本市), Nagano Prefecture

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

(僕らはみんな河合荘 Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sō)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gonta0822 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for the PV, OP and Episode 1.

@yomikatajiyu (post) and @gonta0822 (post) made pilgrimages to a cafe in Gifu used as a model in the manga source material, and which appears briefly in the OP.

 

Special Items

The Kyoto Shimbun ran an article about a free tourism map that promotes locations featured in Uchōten Kazoku and Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

The Kobe Shimbun ran a story about the April 12 official unveiling of the “Haruhi Clock” at Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi Station. The article includes quotes from @keyboar.

@ssslocation added Episode 2 cuts from Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo to his pilgrimage for selector infected WIXOSS.

The blog あにたび~アニメ全国聖地巡礼~ made a pilgrimage to Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture for Nōrin.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to Kōriyama, Fukushima Prefecture for Mikakunin de Shinkōkei.

@R_ada_cchi made a pilgrimage to Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

@sky_dj_ created a summary of his pilgrimages to Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture for Golden Time that covers scenes throughout the 24 episode series.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Kamisaginomiya, Nakano Ward, Tokyo for Nisekoi.

@te0_imperial made a pilgrimage to Ogawa, Saitama Prefecture for Non Non Biyori.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Meiji-mura, an architectural museum in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture for Fate/Zero.