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.

Brynhildr in the Darkness

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

Episode 9

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

We wrap up the previous episode’s stop in Karuizawa (軽井沢), Nagano Prefecture.

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

After eight weeks of being teased in the opening credits, we finally see a bit of the commercial center of Matsumoto (松本), anchored by a branch of the Parco (パルコ) department store.

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

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

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

Matsumoto Castle (松本城)

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

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

Nakamachi-dōri (中町通り) is a street with preserved Edo period merchant warehouses, now turned into a shopping district and tourist attraction, a bit like Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo.

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

Love Live! School Idol Project

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lovelivesukufes made a pilgrimage to Ikedazaka, Kandabashi and Marunouchi (all Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) for Episode 9.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Ochanomizu, Tokyo for Episode 8.

Episode 9

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

Shin-Marunouchi Building (新丸の内ビルディング) faces and is connected underground with Tokyo Station. The building owner, Mitsubishi Estate, negotiated a deal to buy unused and unneeded air space rights from Tokyo Station owner and operator East Japan Railway Company (JR East). The proceeds enabled the recent and massive historic preservation effort that restored the original building to its pre-WWII state. The “Shin-Maru Biru” and other adjacent properties are part of significant transit-oriented redevelopment of the Marunouchi area.

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

Ikedazaka (池田坂)

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

Kanda Bridge (神田橋)

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

Though all of the members make it to Marunouchi in time for the concert at the end of the episode, there is one thing conspicuously missing: Tokyo Station!

One Week Friends

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

Episode 9

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Study group convenes at Fujimiya’s home in a residential part of Tama (多摩), Toyko Metropolis.

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。

As always, the morning commute includes a walk through Minamidaira 8-chōme (南平8丁目) in Hino (日野), Tokyo Metropolis.

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Mekakucity Actors

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

Episode 8

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Gloriously wide pedestrian lane on this bridge, and some nice colors too!

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

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for Episode 4.

 

Special Items

The Kyoto Shimbun ran an article about the Tamako Market/Tamako Love Story t-shirts sold by Self Kishimoto-ya in the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai.

@tsuruga_mega took the limited edition Tamako Market post cards sold by Lawson and posed each character in front of the neighborhood or rail station for which they are named.

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to the Shōnan coastal area along the Sagami Bay for Ping Pong:

@ye_bi_su (post – Check out the use of a fisheye lens!), @monotsukura (post) and @hiroina_7916ltd (post) made pilgrimages to Mikuni in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for the PVs to Glass Lip.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Fukue-jima, one of the Gotō Islands off the coast of Kyūshū in Nagasaki Prefecture, for the second PV to Barakamon.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Yokohama and Jōgashima, Kanagawa Prefecture for the second episode of OVA Zetsumetsu Kigu Shōjo: Amazing Twins. Appears to have been an advance screening, as the official release date is 2014 June 25.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Kōriyama, as well as a journey along the JR Tadami Line to Kaneyama and Aizuwakamatsu (all Fukushima Prefecture) for Mikakunin de Shinkōkei.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Aomori Prefecture (not Kanagawa) for Clannad After Story.