SHIROBAKO シロバコ

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.

Celestial Method

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 updated a previous pilgrimage to Sapporo, including a trek out to the Makomanai Takino Cemetary, and published a new pilgrimage to Tōya Station in Tōyako, Toyoura Station in Toyoura (all Hokkaidō Prefecture) for Episode 7. In the latter, he also identified Toyohama Station in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture, which is the city used as the location model for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Ginza, Chūō Ward, Tokyo for Episode 7.

@hiphaist has been hard at work, making pilgrimages to Tōyako for Episode 5, Episode 6 and Episode 7; and to Sapporo (post 1, 2) for Episode 7.

@habusan has been compiling a “Field Guide” full season location catalog that is beginning to fill out.

Episode 7

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

While it’s not uncommon to see the south side of Sapporo Station (札幌駅) and the large plaza in front of it depicted in anime, this is the first in my memory of an appearance of the north entrance. This week, Yuzuki and Koharu accompany Nonoka on a visit to her mother’s grave. While the trip includes extensive rail and bus travel, attempting to trace their route on a map reveals that locations are modeled for appearance only. Their spatial relationships are not preserved in the show scenario, and a few are even plucked from different parts of Japan.

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

The green signage and station layout somewhat resembles the Sapporo Municipal Subway Namboku Line ticket wicket at Sapporo Station.

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

However, the train that appears in the following shot is a Sapporo Municipal Transportation Bureau 6000 series (札幌市交通局6000形電車), formerly used on the subway Tōzai Line (東西線) but retired from service in 2008.

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

JR Hokkaidō KiHa 150 series diesel multiple unit (JR北海道キハ150形気動車)

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

Sapporo Station bus terminal

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Toyoura Station (豊浦駅) in Toyoura (豊浦), Hokkaidō Prefecture

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

Toyohama Station (豊浜駅) in Kan’onji (観音寺), Kagawa Prefecture

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

No no Hana Tsukasa (野の花 司) is a florist and tea house in Ginza, Chūō Ward, Tokyo. [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter]

Funny enough, I had actually been here once, as a friend’s mother works in the flower shop.

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 final destination, Makomanai Takino Cemetary (真駒内滝野霊園), is actually within Sapporo city limits, in Takino, Minami Ward.

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

Mitoyo Tunnel (三豊トンネル), leaving Tōyako

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Shinjuku Ward (新宿区) central business district, Tokyo

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

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Kodaira, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 7.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Nerima Ward, Tokyo for Episode 1 through Episode 3.

Episode 7

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

Correction 2014/11/26: I had originally assumed this was the Seibu Ikebukuro Line, which appears in previous episodes. It’s actually the Seibu Shinjuku Line (西武新宿線), which uses the same yellow livery on certain services. The location is Ochiai Park (落合公園), in Shinjuku Ward between Araiyakushi-mae Station and Nakai Station. [Credit: @acqua_alta, from blog]

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

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Rune Kodaira (ルネこだいら), officially the Kodaira Citizens Cultural Center (小平市民文化会館), in Kodaira (小平), Tokyo Metropolis. [Official website]

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

The center is adjacent to Kodaira Station (小平駅), accessible almost directly via one crosswalk and pedestrian plaza.

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

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Musashi-Sakai, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 7.

@MatsuYan published two posts covering an assortment of locations from Episode 1 through Episode 5. The first post includes Ogikubo, Nishi-Shinjuku, Higashi-Nakano, Akasaka, Musashi-Koganei Station and a ride on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. The second post is devoted to the Kichijōji area in Musashino.

@kibaichi made a pilgrimage to Akihabara commercial district in Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo for Episode 6.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 6.

Episode 7

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Bicycle parking at the animation studio

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Musashi-Sakai Station (武蔵境駅)

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Skippu-dōri Shōtengai (すきっぷ通り商店街)

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SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

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

Episode 7

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Kan’onji (観音寺), Kagawa Prefecture

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 (三架橋)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Nio Sun Beach (仁尾サンビーチ) in Mitoyo (三豊), Kagawa Prefecture. [Credits: @hiro_tan3, @lidges]

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

Misasa Onsen (三朝温泉) hot spring resort in Misasa (三朝), Tottori Prefecture. The building used as the model is the Ryokan Ōhashi (旅館大橋). [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter]

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

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

@habusan has been compiling a “Street Guide” full season location catalog that includes the majority of locations through Episode 16, with exception of a few of the mountain treks.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Namegawa, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 17.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to the fifth station of Mount Fuji for Episode 11.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to the fifth station of Mount Fuji for Episode 9.

Episode 19

Encouragement of Climb Second Season ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン

Hannō (飯能), Saitama Prefecture

Encouragement of Climb Second Season ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Second Season ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Second Season ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン

Encouragement of Climb Second Season ヤマノススメ セカンドシーズン

 

Special Items

Suzaki Aya, the voice actress for Kitashirakawa Tamako, made a visit to the Demachi Masugata Shōtengai, the location model for Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to the Meiji-mura architectural museum in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture for Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sō.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station for Love Live! School Idol Project.

@okayoriidete made a pilgrimage to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

@okayoriidete made a pilgrimage to Hakodate, Tokyo and Nagasaki for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@ngwrb made pilgrimages to Kaihin-Makuhari, Mihama Ward, Chiba and Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@yomikatajiyu made pilgrimages to multiple locations for the Shinkai Makoto film Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second). The first post covers Musashi-Urawa Station in Minami Ward, Saitama City. The second post covers Kuki Station in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture and Nogi Station in Nogi, Tochigi Prefecture.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Otaru, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Saishū Heiki Kanojo.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kōchi City, Kōchi Prefecture for the 1993 Studio Ghibli film Umi ga Kikoeru.