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

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.

Love Live! School Idol Project

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai (post) and @AF10194 (post) made pilgrimages to Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 11.

The blog 管理人こうの趣味のページ―アニメ館 (post) and @lovelivesukufes (post) made pilgrimages to Shinagawa Station in addition to Odawara.

@yarare_kanrinin (post) and website J-town (post) reported on the sudden outburst of early pilgrimage activity immediately following Episode 11.

@paffue put together archive photos from Hikone Castle in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, which appeared briefly in Episode 10.

Episode 11

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

The big story this week was Love Live, which seems to have allocated its entire background art location scouting budget to this one episode. Normally limited to a few bits of Akihabara, Ochanomizu and the fictional Otonokizaka High School, Episode 11 sends us on a romp around Tokyo’s Taitō Ward before hopping on a train to the shore. We start on the Sotobori-dōri (外堀通り) bridge crossing the Kanda River. The arched truss bridge carries the Sōbu Main Line (総武本線).

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

Everyone wants to spend a leisure day together, but each has a different idea about where to go. Honoka’s solution is allocate time for each person’s suggestion. Time and distance are often distorted in both animation and live action drama. However, in this case Tokyo’s ubiquitous transit and walkable neighborhoods would make this schedule well within feasibility.

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

Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園)

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

Shinobazu Pond (不忍池) in Ueno Park (上野公園)

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

Sensō-ji (浅草寺)

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

Asakusa Hanayashiki (浅草花やしき)

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

Now the really fun part begins. Honoka wants to spend the last part of the day on a trip to the beach. They head for the Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線), boarding at Shinagawa Station (品川駅).

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

They stop in Odawara (小田原), Kanagawa Prefecture. This stretch of shore line is near Kōzu Station (国府津駅), to the north of the main part of the city.

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

They depart via Nebukawa Station (根府川駅), which is equidistant from Odawara in the opposite direction. I guess they really wanted to use the unmanned station but preferred the look of the shoreline elsewhere.

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

No ticket wicket, just a Suica card reader

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

The photo booth, however, comes from Kōzu Station.

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

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

While I’m normally not too emotionally invested in the storyline of this particular show, the beach trip sequence unexpectedly brought up a nice memory from my own time as a student in Japan. On one occasion, I decided I would take a day trip down to Odawara and drag along whoever I could convince to go with me. It seemed just a fun thing to fill up a Saturday at the time, but in retrospect it was one of the more meaningful parts of my stay. The few hours in transit on the Tōkaidō Line and better part of a day wandering around the city and along the shore was a chance to connect with my classmates more deeply than during class time or formal social events. There’s something about getting out of a familiar environment and traveling together that can open the door for creating or strengthening bonds of friendship. 懐かしい ^_^

One Week Friends

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Tama, Hino and Fuchū (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 9 through Episode 11.

Episode 11

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Hase convenes a meeting afterschool at a famiresu to dig further into Fujimiya’s troubled past. This one is modeled on a Saizeriya near Nishifu Station in Fuchū (府中), Tokyo 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。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Hase and Kujō wait in the bus rotary at Bubaigawara Station (分倍河原駅), also in Fuchū. Prominent use of Keiō logo on the bus.

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。

This time it’s Yūki and Shōgo’s turn for a heart-to-heart along the riverside embankment (土手 dote).

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

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

@allora1207 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for Episode 11.

Episode 11

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Some new locations spotted in Gifu City (岐阜市), Gifu Prefecture this week.

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Double staircase at the north end of Nagara Bridge (長良橋)

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Gifu Station (岐阜駅)

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Sayaka is in the large bus rotary on the north side of the station.

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Brynhildr in the Darkness

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis.

Episode 11

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

Lake Suwa (諏訪湖)

Brynhildr in the Darkness 極黒のブリュンヒルデ

 

Special Items

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Mikuni in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for the second PV of Glass Lip.

@dotproducer made a pilgrimage to Shimonoda Station in Iyo, Ehime prefecture for the special Episode 0 that was bundled with the Kyōkai no Kanada Blu-ray/DVD release.

Ōzora Naomi and Mikami Shiori, the voice actresses for Fushimi Inari and Ōmiyanome no Kami respectively in Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha, made a visit to Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, the setting of the show.

Recently discovered this pilgrimage to Kyoto by the four members of the band fhána, which performs the track used in the closing credits to Uchōten Kazoku, among other popular anisong. Most of the locations they visit appeared in the show.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinsekai and Namba neighborhoods in Osaka for Samurai Flamenco.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kiryū, Gunma Prefecture for Aku no Hana, which included a person cosplaying as Nakamura.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Nara City, Nara Prefecture for Lucky Star.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Annaka, Gunma Prefecture for Hachimitsu to Kurōbā.