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.

Special Note: Apologies for the last minute postponement of the previous issue. Moving from Beijing to Shanghai was a bigger time and energy consumer than I had anticipated, but fortunately we’re now about settled. This issue covers the last two weeks, though most shows wrapped up or went on break, so the timing worked out well. Tsukimonogatari is in the pipeline and should be included either next week or the following. For the 2015 Winter season, I plan to publish the review on Mondays, as there are several shows of interest airing over the weekend.

Encouragement of Climb Second Season

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

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 5, Episode 18 and Episode 23.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Musashi Kyūryō National Government Park in Namegawa, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 17.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Mitsutōge Mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture for Episode 2 through Episode 4.

Episode 24

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

The final episode is a great recap of all the interesting bits of public space in Hannō (飯能), Saitama Prefecture that have provided anchors for the aspiring mountain climbers’ various explorations. There are more than a few new locations slipped in as parting gifts, as well.

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

Hannō prepares for a summer festival

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

Honoka travels by train from Takasaki (高崎), Gunma Prefecture to visit Aoi and the others.

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

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

As always, depiction of transit infrastructure uses real station and line names, and is near photo realistic, down to details like train status displays.

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

Hannō Ginza Shōtengai (飯能銀座商店街)

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

Hannō also has Edo period kurazukuri (蔵造り) style warehouses, like its more famous neighbor Kawagoe. We’ll see Kawagoe again when the second season of Kamisama Hajimemashita begins this week.

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

Kannon-ji (観音寺)

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

Hannō riverbed and Wareiwa Bridge (割岩橋)

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

Tenranzan (天覧山)

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

Hannō Central Community Center (飯能中央公民館)

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

Hannō Station (飯能駅)

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

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

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 Musashi-Sakai and Kichijōji in Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 12.

@fureshima made multiple pilgrimages. Post 1: Shimoigusa, Suginami Ward and Tanashi, Nishitōkyō for Episode 8. Post 2: Musashi-Sakai Station in Musashino, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University in Suginami Ward, and Nishiwaseda and Yodobashi, Shinjuku Ward. Post 3: Higashi-Fushimi, Nishitōkyō and Igusa, Suginami Ward. (all locations Tokyo Metropolis)

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Tanashi, Nishitōkyō for Episode 8, and created an index of all the locations that appear in Episode 1 through Episode 11, with links to his coverage.

Episode 12

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Studio khara (スタジオカラー) in Nishi-Ogikubo (西荻窪), Suginami Ward, Tokyo

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Musashi-Sakai (武蔵境), Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis

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Kichijōji (吉祥寺), Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis

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SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Kichijōji Sun Road Shōtengai (吉祥寺サンロード商店街). Though December in Tokyo can be quite nippy, covered shōtengai like Sun Road are great public spaces for strolling with some protection from the elements without resorting to a fully indoor shopping or entertainment facility.

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SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Inokashira-dōri (井の頭通り), Kichijōji section

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Skippu-dōri Shōtengai (すきっぷ通り商店街) in Musashi-Sakai

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SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Celestial Method

(天体のメソッド Sora no Mesoddo)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@hiphaist completed the run of the season with pilgrimages to Tōyako and Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Episode 9, Episode 10, Episode 11, Episode 12 and Episode 13.

@isoisosan made a pilgrimage to Tōyako for Episode 12.

@SSEBTBM883 updated a previous pilgrimage to Sapporo to include Episode 9 and Episode 10.

Episode 12

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

Sapporo Station (札幌駅) bus terminal

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Ōdōri Park (大通公園) in Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Tōyako Onsen bus terminal

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Celestial Method 天体のメソッド

Episode 13

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

Sword Art Online II

(ソードアート・オンラインII Sōdo Āto Onrain II)
Watch: CrunchyrollDaisukiHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Episode 24, and a pilgrimage to Hoshikawa Station and Kasumidai in Hodogaya Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 23 and Episode 24.

@ngrwb made a pilgrimage to Hoshikawa Station and Kasumidai for Episode 23 and Episode 24, and a pilgrimage to Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo for Episode 24.

@kou1mori made a pilgrimage to Kasumidai for Episode 24.

Episode 24

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Kyoto Station (京都駅)

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺)

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Bamboo groves in Arishiyama (嵐山)

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Entoku-in (圓徳院)

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Tokyo Skytree, from Sumida Park (隅田公園), on the Asakusa, Taitō Ward side of the Sumida River

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Hodogaya Catholic Church (保土ヶ谷カトリック教会) in Kasumidai (霞台), Hodogaya Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居) east gardens

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)

Episode 12

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

Your lie in April

(四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Nerima Ward and Niiza, Tokyo Metropolis covering Episode 1 through Episode 6.

 

Special Items

@yebisu made a pilgrimage to Shibuya crossing and the Tokyo Dome for the PV of Wake Up, Girls! second season, premiering 2015 January.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Takada, Toshima Ward, Tokyo to collect possible Episode 1 backgrounds for Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata, premiering 2015 January.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo for Gāru Furendo Kakko Kari.

@take_630 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Rokodoru Yattemita.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to the Kinki University campus in Higashiōsaka and Namihaya Dome in Kadoma (both Osaka Prefecture) for Free! -Eternal Summer-.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Tama, Fuchū and Hino (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Isshūkan Furenzu.

@tianlangxing made a complete season pilgrimage for Isshūkan Furenzu. divided into sections: Part 1 (Tama), Part 2 (Hino and Fuchū), Part 3 (Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture) and Part 4 (Tama in December).

@ye_bi_su made a return pilgrimage to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture for the SENDAI Pageant of Starlight, the annual tree lighting display depicted in Episode 1 and the ED of Wake Up, Girls!

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kumano, Mie Prefecture for Nagi no Asukara.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Monogatari Series Second Season.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ōme Station in Ōme, Tokyo Metropolis for Non Non Biyori.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Skytree and Kinshichō Station in Sumida Ward for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tari Tari.

@dotproducer made a pilgrimage to Toshima Ward, Tokyo for Steins;Gate.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station, Taitō Ward and Sumida Ward, Tokyo for Natsuiro Kiseki.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Ueno, Tokyo for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Rinko Park in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@Barnirun made a pilgrimage to Dubai for Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika.

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to Sakuragaoka, Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for the Studio Ghibli film Mimi o Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart).