Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

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.

GLASSLIP

(グラスリップ Gurasurippu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to Mikuni and Awara, Fukui Prefecture for Episode 1 through Episode 4:

@BloodRambo made a pilgrimage to Mikuni and Awara for Episode 2 through Episode 4.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Mikuni and Awara for Episode 3.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Mikuni for highlights from the first few episodes.

Episode 5

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

Almost all of the events in this week’s episode pivot on Mikuni-Minato Station (三国港駅).

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

Yanagi accompanies Yukinari to his track meet, taking the Echizen Railway Mikuni Awara Line (えちぜん鉄道三国芦原線) to Fukui City, the prefecture capital.

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

The track is part of the Fukui Sports Park (福井運動公園) campus.

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

On the return trip, Yanagi spots Kakeru in town from the train window.

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

A charismatic owner-operator that keeps tabs on the troubles and concerns of his regulars isn’t a requirement for a third place, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

GLASSLIP グラスリップ

The arch that supports Meganebashi (眼鏡橋 Spectacles Bridge), called Hinode Bridge in the show, forms the final portal through which the train passes before reaching the terminal station at the waterfront area. On the hill above the tracks, it acts as a choke point that funnels pedestrians and cyclists across the gap as they move parallel to the river.

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

Terror in Resonance

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

Episode 4

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

While GLASSLIP has been the darling of the pilgrimage community since before the start of the season, Zankyō no Teroru is the show that’s grown the most on me now that we’re a handful of episodes in. At first I was a little suspicious this was going to be another generic, Tokyo based setting with a few interesting moments between overused urban centers like Shinjuku and Shibuya. However, Episode 4 moves away from the wide angle aerial shots and pyrotechnics, putting more emphasis on tight shots that emphasize everyday experiences, like riding a crowded subway and staring into a bowl of ramen. With the first-person perspective, we finally feel we’re part of the scene.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Shibazaki takes the Tōhoku Shinkansen (東北新幹線) to Aomori.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

This is the first of several scenes that emphasize Lisa’s isolation, despite being in the midst of one of the densest urban conurbations in the world.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Shibazaki mulls the inconclusiveness of the evidence gathered as his coworker complains about the unimpressive offerings of a cheap, no frills ramen shop.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Note the shot from the hip camera angle.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

While we do get a few scenes in Shibuya crossing, the framing puts the viewer in the crowd, straining to see over taller heads to watch the terrorists’ video on the Q-Front building jumbotron, rather than the more frequent, wide angle view from above the station.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Designated smoking area near the Hachikō statue in ekimae

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Mobile applications, particularly social media platforms Twitter and LINE, as well as mapping, appear frequently in the show. One branch of urban studies looks specifically at how these kinds of communication and orientation tools have affected how people relate to and use cities.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

The later part of the episode really begins to shine with its use of darker spaces away from the main avenues, particular in the narrow parks or non-specific spaces that fill the gaps between rail viaducts and buildings. Lisa’s desolation is made palpable by the shadowy tones and green tints from street lamps. This isn’t the bright and shiny Tokyo that often appears without much thought in so many shows, but one much more rooted in reality.

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

By the time Lisa encounters the police on night patrol, you feel so anguished about her situation that you just want her to catch a break.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

It sets you up perfectly to rejoice in the moment when Hisami buzzes the police on his motorcycle, brazenly riding up onto the sidewalk.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Now I find myself humanizing a character that was presented as a deranged criminal hiding behind a creepy, childlike front.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

As the pair speed away, you can see the tension lift from Lisa as the nighttime skylines and wind wash over her. In all of these scenes, you feel these emotions along with her, and you can see them reverberate in the shifts of lighting and street textures around her. This is masterful use of the city to create a sense of full immersion. More please.

Terror in Resonance 残響のテロル

Tokyo ESP

(東京ESP)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 3

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP continues to act as the goofy, younger brother to Zankyō no Terror. An upshot of its aggressive location hopping is that we are getting to see many parts of Tokyo that don’t often get much airplay. Here is the Yurikamome Line (新交通ゆりかもめ), which connects Odaiba with Tokyo proper.

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ)

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

The Taitō Ward side of the Sumida River, just north of Komagata Bridge (駒形橋)

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Redevelopment of the Sumida waterfront and cleanup of the river itself began in the mid 1960s and continues to present day. The promenades replace what was once a severely degraded industrial manufacturing and warehouse district.

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Waseda Station (早稲田駅) terminus of the Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線), one of the only two remaining streetcar lines in Tokyo

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Edo River (江戸川), just north of Waseda Station

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Here is the Arakawa Line again, just north of Ōtsuka-ekimae Station (大塚駅前停留場).

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

I made a short film of a rainy night, end to end ride on the tram line as part of a 2012 urbanism research project:

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

Tokyo ESP 東京ESP

HaNaYaMaTa

(ハナヤマタ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@haruhianago made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for to OP and Episode 1.

Episode 4

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

A pattern that I had sensed a bit in the first three episodes is heavily emphasized this week: walking, either alone or in groups, is frequently used when a character is working through key background exposition or dense emotional issues. It is as if the act of moving through the town facilitates the gelling of thoughts. Here, Tami crosses through the fumikiri (踏切) after the Enoden (江ノ電) passes, as she thinks about the social opportunities she has forgone in favor of extracurricular activities that please her father.

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

Thanks to this marker and post box, @rimatai has found what we finally think to be the model for the arched bridge over the canal. In the Street View that he links to, you can see that the actual bridge is flat.

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

In this scene, Tami digests Naru’s confession of admiration, while wishing that she could obtain the same from her father.

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

Machi and Tami walk to school, as Tami’s father complex comes to a head.

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

Naru is convinced that Tami needs to rely on her friends for help, waiting for her to walk home from school and chasing her through the rain to convince her to share her troubles.

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

HaNaYaMaTa ハナヤマタ

Locodol

(普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。 Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita.)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@anicobin compiled a virtual pilgrimage pulling images from Twitter and Street View in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture for Episode 5.

@SSEBTBM883 updated a previous pilgrimage to Nagareyama to include Episode 4.

Episode 5

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

At the beginning of the episode, Yukari introduces street food made with locally produced mirin, sweetened rice wine used in cooking. This is the principal product for which the real town of Nagareyama (流山), Chiba Prefecture, the show’s model, is known.

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Fans that ventured out in the past week have noted that the facade of Cake House Ēderu (ケーキハウス エーデル) looks nothing like what appears in the show, but the tanuki cake is spot on. Pictures of the cake on the shop’s Tabelog profile attest to its popularity.

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Pedestrian lane on the bridge

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

In the show, the art frequently plays up the public space value of the the river embankment (土手 dote).

Locodol 普通の女子校生が【ろこどる】やってみた。

Free! – Eternal Summer

Watch: CrunchyrollFunimationHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@yacchamfree made a pilgrimage to Taziri Jinja in Iwami, Tottori Prefecture for Episode 5.

Episode 5

Free! - Eternal Summer

An oldie but a goodie. Taziri Jinja (田後神社) was a constant fixture of the neighborhood scenes during season one, but hasn’t appeared much in this season up until now.

Free! - Eternal Summer

Free! - Eternal Summer

Free! - Eternal Summer

Shines in urban areas occasionally offer to host public amenities, such as playgrounds, on part of their grounds. In dense cities, they are often some of the only remaining holdouts from the concrete jungle. I don’t think camping is exactly what they had in mind, though.

Free! - Eternal Summer

Free! - Eternal Summer

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 49-

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

Episode 4

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

Shonen Hollywood has firmly entrenched itself in Harajuku (原宿), Tokyo.

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)

Ending Credits 2

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

A new set of ending credits uses live footage from aboard the Yamanote Line, stopping at Harajuku Station and walking around the neighborhood.

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-

Jingūbashi (神宮橋)

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-

Takeshita-dōri (竹下通り)

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

RAIL WARS!

Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS! seems to have had difficulty with achieving genre clarity. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in this case it appears to reflect a general lack of focus or purpose, and not a deliberate, boundary crossing approach. General viewers tend to identify it as densha otaku fanservice. The railfans, however, have little tolerance for sloppy treatment of train details and moderate to low quality production value, and see the sexual elements as distractions or annoyances. If you’re still aboard for the ride, this week focuses on the Odoriko (踊り子), a limited express train between Tokyo and Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture.

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

I’m a little beyond my league, but what seems to have been done is the head car from the 185 series EMU train originally used for the service is combined with the large windowed cars of the Super View Odoriko (スーパービュー踊り子), a different trainset that was introduced later.

RAIL WARS!

Statue of the young student from Tokyo and the dancing girl with whom he becomes infatuated in Kawabata Yasunari’s short story Izu no odoriko (伊豆の踊子). The train takes its name from this well-known work of fiction.

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

Itō Station (伊東駅)

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

RAIL WARS!

Blue Spring Ride

(アオハライド Aoharaido)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Often, when real locations are used as models for background art, station, place and business names are modified, but they’re frequently close enough to the actual name that you can usually figure it out with a few educated guesses. Then sometimes, you’re just stumped. In any event, Kō and Futaba take the local commuter train to meet their school group for a weekend retreat.

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

IC transit card swipe

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Blue Spring Ride アオハライド

Aldnoah.Zero

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Odaiba, Tokyo for Episode 4.

 

Special Items

@subara5557 reports on the installation of new Tamako and Dera tobidashi, joining the Choi already present at the west entrance of Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Hino, Tokyo Metropolis for Isshūkan Friends.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Yuwaku Onsen in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Hanasaku Iroha.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Tomamae, Rumoi Subprefecture, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Planetes.