Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

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.

GLASSLIP

(グラスリップ Gurasurippu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Mikuni and Awara, Fukui Prefecture for the OP, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@teravich (post) and @ni_pu_ (post) made pilgrimages to Mikuni and Awara for Episode 2.

@allora1207 (post), @kbt_tigers1985 (post) and @hiroina_7916ltd (post) made pilgrimages to Mikuni and Awara for Episode 1.

GLASSLIP has proved to be the runaway favorite among the butaitanbou community for the 2014 Summer season. The package of P.A. Works’ high production value with a non-Kanto area location model is generally a popular combination. With Kyoto Animation thus far not offering much competition, all eyes are on Mikuni and Awara.

Episode 3

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

This week features detailed interior shots of the workshop at WATARIGLASS studio (ワタリグラススタジオ).

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

Mikuni-Minato (三国港)

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

The group goes hiking and picnicking on Kariyasu Mountain (刈安山) in Awara (あわら), Fukui Prefecture.

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

Echizen Railway Mikuni Awara Line (えちぜん鉄道三国芦原線)

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

Megane (Spectacles) Bridge (めがね橋)

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

Tokyo ESP

(東京ESP)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 1

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Starting off with Shibuya 109, Tokyo ESP embarks on a parade of well-known landmarks and commercial centers around the city in its opening installment, in which the premise is introduced as humans with supernatural powers vs. those without. For all the visual fireworks thrown at the viewer, this one may have difficulty differentiating itself among a slate of shows all focused on terrorizing or destroying the city in one way or another. As one viewer quipped on Twitter, by the end of this summer Tokyo will be reduced to scorched earth as far as broadcast anime is concerned.

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shibuya Parco

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shibuya scramble crossing

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

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

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Hie Jinja (日枝神社) in Nagatachō, Chiyoda Ward

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

National Diet Building (国会議事堂)

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Yotsuya Station (四ツ谷駅)

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Nihonbashi (日本橋), Chūō Ward

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Ministry of Defense (防衛省) in Shinjuku

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Studio Alta (スタジオアルタ) building, outside the east exit of Shinjuku Station

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shinbashi (新橋), Minato Ward

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shibuya Station (渋谷駅)

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Yamanote Line (山手線)

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Yebisu Garden Place (恵比寿ガーデンプレイス) in Ebisu, Shibuya Ward

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shinjuku

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shibuya crossing

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Shibuya Mark City

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Shibuya 109

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Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

West side of Shinjuku Station

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

A Keio bus to the rescue!

Terror in Resonance

(残響のテロル Zankyō no Teroru)
Watch: FunimationHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Asagaya, Kasumigaseki, Shinjuku and Roppongi (all Tokyo) for Episode 1.

Episode 2

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Where Tokyo ESP is a bit hokey and at times jocular in its action and dialog, Zankyō no Teroru deals in cold, unsettling realism. The aftermath of the attack on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎) looks strikingly similar to the wreckage of the World Trade Center after 9/11.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Azabu Police Station (麻布警察署) in Roppongi

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁)

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Shinjuku

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Yamada Denki (ヤマダ電機) branch in Shinjuku

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Roppongi-dōri (六本木通り), in front of the Azabu Police Station

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Tokyo Ghoul

(東京喰種トーキョーグール Tōkyō Gūru)
Watch: FunimationHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji in Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 2.

Episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Kabukichō (歌舞伎町)

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Tokyo Ghoul 東京喰種トーキョーグール

Aldnoah.Zero

(アルドノア・ゼロ Arudonoa Zero)
Watch: CrunchyrollDaisukiHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to the Port of Kobe in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture for Episode 2.

Opening Credits

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Shiodome (汐留)

Episode 2

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Shinjuku (新宿)

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Port of Kobe (神戸港)

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Aldnoah.Zero アルドノア・ゼロ

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49-

(少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-)
Watch: FunimationCrunchyrollHulu

Episode 2

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building (NTTドコモ代々木ビル)

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Takeshita-dōri (竹下通り) is a good case study in how human scale streets create lively, high quality public space with a strong sense of place.

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Harajuku Station (原宿駅)

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Omotesandō (表参道)

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Yamanote Line (山手線) stopping at Harajuku Station

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 49-

Residential block in Harajuku

RAIL WARS!

Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 2

RAIL WARS!

The entire episode takes place at Tokyo Station (東京駅).

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

Re: Hamatora

(Re:␣ ハマトラ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 2

Re: Hamatora Re:␣ ハマトラ

Minato Mirai 21 (みなとみらい21)

Re: Hamatora Re:␣ ハマトラ

Yokohama Chinatown (横浜中華街)

Re: Hamatora Re:␣ ハマトラ

Re: Hamatora Re:␣ ハマトラ

Free! – Eternal Summer

Watch: CrunchyrollFunimationHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@yacchamfree made a pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture for Episode 3.

Episode 3

Free! - Eternal Summer

Iwami (岩美), Tottori Prefecture

Free! - Eternal Summer

Free! - Eternal Summer

Free! - Eternal Summer

Kindai University (近畿大学)

HaNaYaMaTa

(ハナヤマタ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue (post) and @harahianago (post) made pilgrimages to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 1.

Two different shrines appear in the opening credits. As visitors have discovered, one has color and designs that echo Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū, the most important Shinto shrine in Kamakura. The other shrine, which also appears in the first episode, shares many similarities with Egara Tenjinsha, though some feel the roof lines unobstructed by trees are meant to evoke Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū.

Episode 2

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

Kamakura (鎌倉), Kanagawa Prefecture. This week includes three instances of students walking to or from school.

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

One instance is a flashback to Naru and Yaya as young children, commuting without adult supervision.

Encouragement of Climb Second Season

(ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン Yama no Susume Sekando Shīzun)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@nichirou made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for extensive documenting of all the show related paraphernalia setup around the town.

* Episode 2 wasn’t available at the time of posting, but will hopefully be sorted out by next week.

 

Special Items

The butaitanbou community held its annual summit on 2014 July 19 and 20, bringing together anime pop culture tourism enthusiasts from across Japan to review the past year and call attention to exceptional individual effort. This year’s gathering was held at Yuwaku Onsen in Kanazawa, Ibaraki Prefecture, the model for the setting of Hanasaku Iroha. Participants have been posting updates and photos throughout the weekend with the hashtag #bts2014ywk. This year’s grand prize was awarded to @lidges, whose long-term commitment to the practice has been long recognized within the community, and who helped raise the profile of the subculture among the general public with his extensive pilgrimages to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture for the first season of Kyoto Animation’s Free!

MSN News ran an article about persistent interest and pop culture tourism in Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture related to Girls und Panzer.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture for Non Non Biyori.

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to Komoro, Nagano Prefecture for the PV to the Ano Natsu de Matteru OVA and fan organized festival featuring the character Rinon.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to the Endōji Honmachi Shōtengai in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Usagi Drop.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Imabetsu Station in Imabetsu, Aomori Prefecture for the Makoto Shinkai film Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days).