Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

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.

Special Note: The weekly review will be off for two weeks while I’m in Japan. I have new street explorations planned and a few meetings with seichijunrei-butaitanbou folks that ought to be fun. Will post a compressed edition when I’m back home.

Amagi Brilliant Park

(甘城ブリリアントパーク Amagi Buririanto Pāku)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kibaichi made pilgrimages to Inagi Station in Inagi, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 1, Kyōdō Station in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo for Episode 1 and 2, and Keiō-Yomiuriland Station for Episode 2.

@chabata_k made a pilgrimage to Inagi Station, Kyōdō Station and Keiō-Yomiuriland Station for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Inagi Station and Kyōdō Station for Episode 1.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Inagi Station, Kyōdō Station and Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 1.

Opening Credits

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

After a summer season that put me through the wringer with a bumper crop of location heavy shows that occasionally tended to emphasize quantity over quality, the fall season premieres look to be a needed burst of fresh and interesting material. As usual, Kyoto Animation’s offering is at the head of the pack, with Amagi Brilliant Park featuring the studio’s first Kantō area location since Clannad After Story. Because of scheduling changes, the first and second episodes aired in the past week, and Tokyo area butaitanbou practitioners were quick to take advantage of the opportunity to jump on the trail.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Thus far, our location draws from bits of Inagi, Tokyo Metropolis and the area around Kyōdō Station in Suginami Ward, Tokyo.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

They may be magical beings from Maple Land, but in Tokyo, amusement park characters still ride the train to work.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

The park itself appears to be a mix of synthetic backgrounds with a few real locations.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

The Ferris wheel comes from Yomiuriland (よみうりランド).

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Episode 1

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

A very interesting thing has been done to create the show’s Amagi Station. Its model is a composite of both Inagi Station (稲城駅) and Kyōdō Station (経堂駅). In the frame above, the left half is Inagi, the right half, including the shōtengai off-screen, is Kyōdō.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Inagi

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Inagi

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

As the camera pans right, we morph from Inagi to Kyōdō.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Kyōdō

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Both

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

The bus rotary and remainder of the cuts are Kyōdō.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Keiō bus

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

The non-descript entrance to the park is loosely modeled on the main entrance to the Sakuragaoka Country Club (桜ヶ丘カントリークラブ) in Tama, Tokyo Metropolis.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

No word yet on whether anyone has found the ticket gate.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Yomiuriland

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Episode 2

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Keiō-Yomiuriland Station (京王よみうりランド駅)

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Kyōdō Suzuran Shōtengai (経堂 すずらん商店街)

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

After a long day of emotionally draining, soul sucking work, no better place to commiserate with friends than at an izakaya, Japan’s quintessential third place. Fumoffu—I mean Moffu.

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Celestial Method

(天体のメソッド Sora no Mesoddo)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 1

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Hokkaidō! It’s always fun to go somewhere off the beaten path, and in my opinion no part of Japan is more underrepresented than the large northern island. Sora no Method is set around Lake Tōya (洞爺湖), primarily on the Tōyako (洞爺湖) side, though the observatory that appears to be a key plot point is on the Sōbetsu (壮瞥) side.

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

In the opening scene, we emerge from the Mitoyo Tunnel (三豊トンネル) into Tōyako.

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Lake Tōya

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Nonoka’s father commutes to Sapporo (札幌市)

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Sapporo Station (札幌駅) bus terminal

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Tōyako

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Moritokinosato Center (森と木の里センター) in Sōbetsu

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Ending Credits

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Your lie in April

(四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial (post) and @ssslocation (post) made pilgrimages to Higashi-Ōizumi, Shakujii and Nerima (municipality) in Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Episode 1.

Opening Credits

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

It’s not uncommon for bits of Nerima Ward, Tokyo to appear in anime, but rarely with this level of care. A-1 Pictures brings us some very lovely background art of neighborhoods near the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.

Ending Credits

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Episode 1

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Metropolitan Route 24, north of Ōizumi-gakuen Station (大泉学園駅) in Higashi-Ōizumi (東大泉)

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Shakujii Park (石神井公園), in Shakujii (石神井)

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Shakujii Park

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Students walk home on the evening commute.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Pedestrian greenway

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

The konbini is on Metropolitan Route 8, west of Shakujii Park, though it is a Circle K, not a Lawson.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Pedestrian road build into the river embankment (土手 dote).

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

The sunset scene comes from a residential neighborhood west of Ōizumi-gakuen Station.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Nerima Cultural Center (練馬文化センター) in Nerima (municipality)

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Higashiyamato, Higashimurayama, Kodaira, Musashino (all cities in the western part of Tokyo Metropolis) and Ogikubo, Suginami Ward for Episode 1.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to all of the preceding and Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward for Episode 1.

Episode 1

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO opens with a scene at the Kodairaonumacho (小平大沼町) intersection in Kodaira (小平), leading into a car chase burning down Shin-Ōme Kaidō (新青梅街道) and into parts of Higashiyamato (東大和市), Higashimurayama (東村山) and Musashino (武蔵野). This meta series by P.A. Works pulls back the curtain on some of the inner workings of the anime industry. While it takes a close look at the craft itself, it also provides some key insight that informs the analysis I do in this review. I was happy to see that it spends much of its time outside the studio, showing the industrial cluster phenomenon where all parts of the production process are located in close proximity to each other. The location of these studios, where the vast majority of Japanese animation is produced, also has a clear impact on the choice of real world locations used as models for background art. If you’ve ever wondered why parts of the west side of central Tokyo and cities in the western parts of Tokyo Metropolis are disproportionally represented in anime, this show will help clear that up. (Hint: It’s because that’s where all the animators live and work.)

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Higashiyamato

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Musashino

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Musashi-Sakai Station (武蔵境駅)

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Though there is a lot of driving, an important distinction is that it is all for the purpose of work. When Aoi leaves at the end of the workday, she commutes home by bicycle. In one earlier scene, some of the staff had planned to take the Chūō Line, but an accident delaying the trains forced them to drive.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Musashino

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Ogikubo (荻窪), Suginami Ward

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Studio T&T in Nishi-Shinjuku

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Looking forward to this. Should be fun.

PSYCHO-PASS 2

(PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2 Saiko Pasu 2)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 1

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS returns for a second installment of its great, dystopian future Tokyo settings.

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

It’s interesting to see where bits and pieces of the old city survive in the spaces between the towers.

In Search of the Lost Future

(失われた未来を求めて Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 1

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

There is some bus use and several scenes of students walking to school. The storytelling in the first episode feels a little forced and awkward, but we’ll keep an eye on it for a little while to see if it settles down.

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

In Search of the Lost Future 失われた未来を求めて

Encouragement of Climb Second Season

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@musagoso made a pilgrimage climbing Mount Fuji for Episode 9 through Episode 11.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Hannō and Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture; and Nishikatsura and Kawaguchi, Yamanashi Prefecture for the OP, ED and key visuals.

@LyricalCygnus made a pilgrimage to Hannō for season one.

 

Special Items

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to Sydney, Australia for Free! Eternal Summer:

@kai881 made a pilgrimage (post 1, 2, 3) to Sydney, Australia for Free! Eternal Summer.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture for promotional specials believed to comprise significant parts of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru Episode 1, to be broadcast October 16.

@rimatai (post) and @ngwrb (post) made pilgrimages to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Gugure! Kokkuri-san.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Harajuku, Tokyo for selector spread WIXOSS.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Harajuku, Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku (all Tokyo) for selector spread WIXOSS.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture for Mahō Shōjo Taisen.

@misakism made a pilgrimage to the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto for Tamako Love Story.

@ye_bi_su attended hanabi in Mikuni, Fukui Prefecture, depicted in Episode 1 of GLASSLIP.

@LyricalCygnus made a pilgrimage to Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture for Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Blue Pond in Biei, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Hanamonogatari.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture for the OVA episode from Tamayura: More Aggressive.

@chabata_k made a pilgrimage to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Kanon.