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

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.

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

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture and Ikebukuro and Shinjuku, Tokyo for Episode 6 and Episode 8.

Episode 21

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

In manga and anime, the parents of adolescents are frequently omitted from the picture for the purpose of story simplicity and clarity. However, the extensive, unchaperoned use of public transit by children in Japan comes straight from real life, and is an area where Yama no Susume has shined throughout both of its seasons. Wayfinding and navigating the complicated train and bus networks is socialized early. For most people growing up in urban and suburban areas, this is part of a shared identity.

This particular journey to Mount Tanigawa (谷川岳) begins as most of the girls’ trips do, with an early morning meeting in 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

Higashi-Hannō Station (東飯能駅)

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

IC transit card swipe

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

JR Hachikō Line (八高線)

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

Change to the JR Jōetsu Line (上越線) at Takasaki Station (高崎駅)

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

Doai Station (土合駅)

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

Doai Station is famous for its 486 steps from the underground northbound train platform to the ticket wicket at the surface. Southbound trains board at street level.

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

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

Doai Station entrance

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

Grade level railroad crossing

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

Tanigawadake Ropeway (谷川岳ロープウェイ)

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

Tanigawadake Ropeway Tenjin Plain Station (谷川岳ロープウェイ天神平駅)

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

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Tokyo and Sekimae, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 9.

In a touch of meta, P.A. Works has rented advertising space for the Shirobako Blu-ray/DVD release on the facade of Sofmap Akiba Store No. 1, where the billboard for Musashino Animation’s Exodus! was depicted in Episode 6:

Episode 9

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Large trees in raised planters between the sidewalk and road outside Misa’s office protect pedestrians and create a sense of enclosure.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

The Takizawa Lounge Room (談話室滝沢) has a history of popularity as a neutral third place among media and publishing industry professionals. This branch is near the east and central east entrances of Shinjuku Station [Tabelog].

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Here, Musashino Animation meets with a book editor to pitch itself to be considered for an anime adaptation of one of his titles.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Shizuka, Misa and Midori meet after work at more ubiquitous third place, a famiresu. This is the Sekimae, Musashino branch of Gusto (ガスト), part of the Skylark Group, which operates chains including Jonathan’s, Bamiyan and others.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges made a pilgrimage to the Great Seto Bridge Memorial Park in Sakaide, Kagawa Prefecture for the OP, Episode 8 and Episode 9.

@hiro_tan3 made a pilgrimage to the Great Seto Bridge Memorial Park for Episode 8.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Kan’onji and Mitoya, Kagawa Prefecture for Episode 6 and Episode 7.

Episode 9

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Tetrapod erosion barrier

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Seawall

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

National Route 32 in Mitoyo (三豊), Kagawa Prefecture. [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter]

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Saita Tunnel No. 4 (財田第四トンネル), on the same stretch of National Route 32. [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter]

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Sanuki Mannō National Park (国営讃岐まんのう公園) in Mannō, Kagawa Prefecture. [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter]

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Ban’nosu Viaduct (番の州高架橋), part of the Great Seto Bridge (瀬戸大橋). This segment of the bridge and all subsequent scenes are located in Sakaide (坂出), 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

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Great Seto Bridge Memorial Hall (瀬戸大橋記念館)

Yuki Yuna is a Hero 結城友奈は勇者である

Great Seto Bridge Memorial Park (瀬戸大橋記念公園)

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

Celestial Method

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 updated a previous pilgrimage to Sapporo to include Episode 9, updated a previous pilgrimage to Tōyako to include Episode 5 through Episode 8, and made a new pilgrimage to Sōbetsu (all Hokkaidō Prefecture) for the OP and Episode 1 through Episode 4.

@hiphaist made a pilgrimage to Sapporo for Episode 9.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Toyohama Station in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture for Episode 7.

@isoisosan made a pilgrimage to Sapporo covering multiple episodes.

Episode 9

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Ōdōri Park (大通公園), at the center of Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Tōyako Onsen bus terminal (洞爺湖温泉バスターミナル)

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)

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

Ōdōri Park

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

Episode 9

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Koremasa Bridge (是政橋), connecting Inagi and Fuchū, Tokyo Metropolis. [Credit: @ssslocation, from Twitter]

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

 

Special Items

The Chunichi Shimbun ran an article about Yamamura Takayoshi (山村高淑), the keynote speaker at the 2014 November National Anime Holy Land Summit in Toyosato. Yamamura is a professor at the Hokkaido University Center for Advanced Tourism Studies (北海道大観光学高等研究センター) and researches tourism phenomena regarding World Heritage sites and anime/manga holy land pilgrimage.

@qqbb5at9k (post) and @ssslocation (gallery) made pilgrimages to Wakō, Saitama Prefecture and Takada, Toshima Ward, Tokyo for the PV of Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata, premiering 2015 January.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Shin-Yokohama Station; Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture; and Subashiri, Oyama, Shizuoka Prefecture for Gurizaia no Kajitsu.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (gallery 1, 2) to Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo for selector spread WIXOSS.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis and Fujisawa and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Isshūkan Friends.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Arita Porcelain Park in Arita, Saga Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Ping Pong.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Yoyogi, Harajuku and Omotesandō (all Tokyo) for Nisekoi.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, now at the Meiji-mura architectural museum in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture for Fate/Zero.