Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

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.

Durarara!! X2

(デュラララ!!×2 承 Durarara!!x2 Shou)
Watch: Crunchyroll • Hulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 2.

Episode 2

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Nishi-Ikebukuro Park (西池袋公園)

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅), east side

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is used to symbolize Masaomi’s disconnection from the nucleus in Ikebukuro.

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

The six point intersection (above) and model for Raira Academy (below) are to the northeast of Ikebukuro Station.

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

When Mikado asks Walker and Erika for suggestions on how to introduce a newcomer to Ikebukuro, they easily run down a list of named neighborhoods, each with a distinct identity and clear set of offerings and character. Like many of Tokyo’s “villages”, Ikebukuro contains multiple zones with strong sense of place.

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

West of Ikebukuro Station

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-

(冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata)
Watch: CrunchyrollHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 (post) and @ssslocation (gallery) made pilgrimages to Takada, Toshima Ward, Tokyo for the OP and Episode 1.

@qqbb5at9k updated a previous pilgrimage with a cut of the Tokyo Animation College in Shimoochiai, Shinjuku Ward for Episode 1.

Episode 1

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Tomoya cycles to school down Nozokizaka (のぞき坂) in Takada (高田), Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. This is one of the steepest slopes in Tokyo.

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Students walk to school on the morning commute.

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Akebono Bridge (曙橋), in Takada, over the Kanda River. (Not to be confused with the larger, more well-known Akebonobashi in Shinjuku Ward.)

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Tokyo Animation College (東京アニメーションカレッジ専門学校) in Shimoochiai, Shinjuku Ward

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Musashi-Sakai, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis and collected images from the website of Hamamatsu Air Park in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the second OP and Episode 13.

@ssslocation updated a gallery to include cuts from Moto-Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for the second OP.

Episode 14

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Takizawa Lounge Room (談話室滝沢)

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Matsutei (松亭)

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Patisserie Ourson Musashi-Sakai shop (パティスリー ウルソン 武蔵境店)

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Vintage Club Murai (ヴィンテージクラブむらい) in Ōarai (大洗), Ibaraki Prefecture. [Credit: @furusatonaganok, from Twitter]

Kamisama Kiss Season 2

(神様はじめました◎ Kamisama Hajimemashita)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture for Episode 2.

Episode 2

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Kawagoe (川越), Saitama Prefecture

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Izumo (出雲), Shimane Prefecture

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

The first season was a little more subtle in how it incorporated many of Kawagoe’s tourism highlights. The visit to Izumo in this episode beats you over the head. Lampshading?

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Benten-jima (弁天島), a small shrine atop a rock on Inasa Beach (稲佐の浜) in Izumo

Kamisama Kiss Season 2 神様はじめました◎

Izumo Taisha (出雲大社)

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls

(アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ Aidorumasutā Shinderera Gāruzu)
Watch: Daisuki

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@mohukan made a pilgrimage to Shibuya (municipality), Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for the ED.

@kibaichi made a pilgrimage to Yoyogi, Shibuya Ward for Episode 1.

Ending Credits

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ

National Children’s Castle (こどもの城)

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ

Mitake Jinja (御嶽神社), Shibuya 1-chōme [Credit: @ssslocation, from Twitter]

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ

Shibuya Station (渋谷駅)

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ

Taito Station Shibuya location (タイトーステーション 渋谷店)

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ

Sangenjaya (三軒茶屋), Setagaya Ward

The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-

(少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 15

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Harajuku Station (原宿駅)

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

The pedestrian overcrossing at Jingūbashi (神宮橋) was removed in 2014 August, but the source material for Shōnen Hollywood predates the change, so we have a little trip back in time.

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Takeshita-dōri (竹下通り)

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Harajuku Station

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Tokyo Ghoul √A

(東京喰種トーキョーグール√A Tōkyō Gūru √A)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul √A 東京喰種トーキョーグール√A

Tōka and Yoriko walk home in in the evening, after staying for a late study session.

Update 2015/01/20: This is the Kita Ward Central Library (北区立中央図書館). [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter] Well-known Japan scholar Donald Keene lives in Kita Ward and donated his book collection to this library.

Tokyo Ghoul √A 東京喰種トーキョーグール√A

Tokyo Ghoul √A 東京喰種トーキョーグール√A

Tokyo Ghoul √A 東京喰種トーキョーグール√A

Update 2015/01/20: Dōgenzaka (道玄坂) 2-chōme, Shibuya Ward [Credit: @high__k, from Twitter]

Your lie in April

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to the Kodaira Citizens Cultural Center in Kodaira, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 7 and Episode 11.

Special Items

@sky_dj_ (post) and @Bf109K1 (post) made pilgrimages to Kure and Etajima, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kantai Collection.

@anguille_bourge made a pilgrimage to the Hibiya Library and Musuem in Hibiya Park, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Yuri Kuma Arashi.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kōfuku Gurafiti.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Saikaide, Marugame, Kan’onji and other locations in Kagawa Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru.

@Bf109K1 made a pilgrimage to Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Kumano, Mie Prefecture for Nagi no Asukara.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture and Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura: More Aggressive.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo for Monogatari Series Second Season.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture for Natsuiro Kiseki.