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: I originally thought the review would be off for two weeks, but I managed to keep up enough while on the road to squeak this one in now. I had an action filled two weeks of street photography explorations in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, with many fruitful meetings sprinkled in between. It was an honor and pleasure to meet in person for the first time with folks from the seichijunrei-butaitanbou communities in Kantō and Kansai. I also had an expansive discussion on art, animation, urbanism and Tamako Market with someone deeply involved in the show’s production. Look for detailed write-ups about all of these in the coming weeks and months.

Tamako Love Story

(たまこラブストーリー Tamako Rabu Sutōrī)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai was the early bird, posting a Kyoto pilgrimage on October 13, 3 days after the release of the DVD/Blu-ray.

@ye_bi_su published his Kyoto pilgrimage as Part 1 and Part 2, and includes commentary on the emotional components of the film along with scene exploration.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

Watch: Crunchyroll
(結城友奈は勇者である Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Kagawa Prefecture is the home of Lidges (リジス), the blogger behind Tsurebashi (つればし), widely considered to be the standard by which all other seichijunrei-butaitanbou sites are measured. Tsurebashi posts are so detailed and polished, they have been increasingly utilized by local tourism promoters in lieu of their own material. It will be fun to follow his coverage of this setting with the benefit of his local expertise. As a side note, I spoke with him by phone a week ago and was delighted to discover that he is warm-hearted and humble, despite his fame.

@lidges updated a previous pilgrimage to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture based on the PV to now include the OP, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@qqbb5at9k made a pilgrimage to Kan’onji for Episode 1.

Opening Credits

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuyuyu is the last new show out of the gate for the fall season and takes us to Kan’onji (観音寺), Kagawa Prefecture. The Sanka Bridge (三架橋) appears in the opening credits and often during the episodes.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Great Seto Bridge (瀬戸大橋)

Episode 1

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Ariake Beach (有明浜)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Kotohiki Hachiman-gū (琴弾八幡宮)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Kan’onji Junior High School (市立観音寺中学校)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Handmade udon shop Tsuru-ya (手打ちうどん つるや) [website, Tabelog]. Sanuki udon (讃岐うどん) is a specialty of Kagawa Prefecture, formerly known as Sanuki Province (讃岐国). The square noodle with flat edges is so tightly connected with the regional identity that several years ago officials (only half jokingly) began a campaign to change its name to Udon Prefecture. When I had Lidges on the line last weekend I asked him to confirm he lived in Udon-ken and got a good laugh in return.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Kan’onji Station (観音寺駅)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Sanka Bridge

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Kotohiki Hachiman-gū

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Bicycle rack adjacent to school building

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Episode 2

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Episode 3

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

More udon

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Kan’onji Station

Your lie in April

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Shakujii and Higashi-Ōizumi, Nerima Ward, Tokyo for the OP, ED, Episode 2 and Episode 3.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Shakujii for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Episode 2

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Though cherry blossoms are bit of an anime cliche, in KimiUso they’re done very well. Additionally, they are part of a complete package that includes a rich, pastel color palette and lovingly rendered lighting that makes the neighborhoods quite charming and dreamlike. Like a photographer, knowing what kind of light will show off a subject at its best is part of being an adept animator.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線)

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

As if on cue, Arima’s solitary walk home takes him along a river embankment (土手 dote), one of the tropes most frequently used as a backdrop to adolescent turmoil.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

The buildup to the moment when he encounters Kaori is steller. Here she waits in stillness, framed by the sunset and blossoms along the Shakujii River (石神井川), close to Nerima-Takanodai Station (練馬高野台駅). What a lovely shot.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Episode 3

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

La Primeur (ラ・プリムール) cake shop and cafe [website, Tabelog] in Shakujiidai (石神井台), on the west side of Shakujii Park

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

The cake shop displays many traits of a good third place. People are staying and socializing, though not all are consuming food or drink. The piano in the corner is available for use.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Izumi Kobushi Park (泉こぶし公園), near Ōizumi-gakuen Station (大泉学園駅). The show situates the cafe and the park directly opposite each other, though in reality they are separated by about 1.5 kilometers.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Students walk to school on the morning commute.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Public buses come in handy when the rain is heavy.

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

Celestial Method

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for the ED and Episode 1 through Episode 3; and a pilgrimage to Tōyako, Hokkaido Prefecture for the OP, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 3.

@isoisosan made a pilgrimages to Tōyako and Sōbetsu, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@hiphaist appears to be based in the area, making frequent visits to Tōyako and Sapporo. A group of posts (1, 2, 3, 4) cover Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Episode 2

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Nonoka and other students living in Tōyako (洞爺湖) commute to school in Sapporo by public bus.

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

The school is modeled on the former Hokkaidō Government Office (北海道庁旧本庁舎) in Sapporo (札幌).

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Lake Tōya (洞爺湖)

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Nonoka and Yuzuki meet in a cafe after school, before the latter drags them into her campaign to eradicate the saucer.

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

Episode 3

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Sapporo

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

Silo Observatory (サイロ展望台) in Tōyako

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Some of the sculptures around the lake are named. This is THE EARTH VIBRATION とうや.

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

STONE BOY-KAZE(TOYA)

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

Abandoned property (廃虚 haikyo) that was once a kindergarten

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kibaichi made a series of pilgrimages for the OP, Episode 1 and Episode 2, organized into zones: Musashi-Sakai, Musashino; Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward; Nanto, Toyama Prefecture (via Street View); Kichijōji, Musashino; Ogikubo, Suginami Ward; Kodaira and Higashiyamato, Tokyo Metropolis

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis and included archive photos from Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 2.

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 2.

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

Episode 2

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Something of an inside joke, this building comes from Nanto (南砺), Toyama Prefecture, the location of P.A. Works’ main studio and setting of True Tears, the first show for which it was the leading producer. True Tears is frequently cited as one of the shows that brought seichijunrei—anime pop culture tourism—into widespread awareness. Fans of the 2008 show have continued to make treks to Nanto over the years, and the resulting tourism boost is a topic of study among several university researchers.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

The rest of the new locations come from Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis, and are likely to be familiar among anime industry personnel. This one is near Kichijōji Station.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

The ramen shop is near Musashi-Sakai Station.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Amagi Brilliant Park

(甘城ブリリアントパーク Amagi Buririanto Pāku)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Inagi and Tama, Tokyo Metropolis; and Kyōdō, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo for the OP, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage to Inagi and Tama for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@haruhianago made a pilgrimage to Inagi and Kyōdō for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Episode 4

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 bus rotary and shelter: Kyōdō Station (経堂駅). Building on the right side of the frame: Inagi Station (稲城駅).

Amagi Brilliant Park 甘城ブリリアントパーク

Keio bus

PSYCHO-PASS 2

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

Episode 2

PSYCHO-PASS サイコパス 2

Though they refer to the location as Tama, which is a city in the western part of present day Tokyo Metropolis, the imagery looks almost straight out of Hong Kong.

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

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 13 through Episode 15.

@teo_imperial (post) and @rimatai (post) made pilgrimages to Mount Kirigamine in Nagano Prefecture for Episode 14.

@hauyashi made a pilgrimage to Hannō for Episode 14.

@habusan has completed large parts of a comprehensive wiki covering the entire series, currently up to Episode 14.

@hauyashi (post) and @AF10194 (post) made pilgrimages to Hannō for Episode 13.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Mount Mitsutōge in Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 3 and Episode 4.

 

Special Items

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for a short animated commercial produced by the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau to encourage subway use.

@qqbb5at9k made a pilgrimage to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Toriniti Sebun: Shichi-nin no Masho Tsukai.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Karasaki Jinja in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture for Donten ni Warau.

@kortoku made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to multiple Tokyo locations for Cardfight!! Vanguard G.

@qqbb5at9k made a pilgrimage to Takahama, Fukui Prefecture for The Idolmaster Movie: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e!

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Free! – Eternal Summer.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Mikuni, Fukui Prefecture for GLASSLIP.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Fukue Island, Gotō, Nagasaki Prefecture for Barakamon.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture for Gokukoku no Buryunhirude.

@ye_bi_su updated a previous pilgrimage to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture to include scenes from the MACANA live house for Wake Up, Girls!

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Haiyore! Nyaruko-san.

@1000th_summer made a pilgrimage to Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@AF10194 made a pilgrimage to Ueno, Tokyo for Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@okayoriidete made pilgrimages to Ueno, Taitō Ward, Tokyo and Kaihin-Makuhari, Mihama Ward, Chiba City for for Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Naha, Okinawa Prefecture for Asobi ni Iku yo!

@Taka64 made a pilgrimage to Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture for N.H.K. ni Yōkoso!

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California for Macross Frontier.