Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

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’m on the road for a week and a half beginning this Friday. If the show art is light and I can plow through the jetlag, I will try my best to keep posting without interruption. If things get too hectic, I’ll hold the material and combine them as usual when we resume.

Your lie in April

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to the Shinmei Children’s Amusement Park in Futaba, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 20.

Update 2015/03/10: @ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Futaba, Shinagawa Ward; Kōenji-minami, Suginami Ward; the Yomise-dōri Shōtenkai in Sendagi, Bunkyō Ward; and Higashi-ōizumi, Nerima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 20.

Episode 20

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

In a flashback, Tsubaki and Kōsei are depicted as elementary school students walking home in the afternoon, unsupervised by adults.

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

Inish (see pilgrimage above) believes this to be modeled on an octopus slide at the Shinmei Children’s Amusement Park (神明児童遊園) in Futaba, Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. I’ll circle back with an update if anyone finds an alternative candidate.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Pedestrian overcrossing across Kannana-dori (環七通り) in Kōenji-minami, Suginami Ward.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Update 2015/03/10: Yomise-dōri Shōtenkai (よみせ通り商宗会) in Sendagi, Bunkyō Ward

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Tsubaki and Kōsei take cover from the rain under the awning of a candy shop in a neighborhood shōtengai.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Trees and shrubs as sidewalk protection, shading and traffic calming measures

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Ōizumi Coco Animal Hospital (大泉ココ動物病院) in Higashi-ōizumi, Nerima Ward.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Durarara!! X2

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

Episode 9

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Correction 2015/03/12: The scene with Izaya on a train station platform is actually Ueno Station (上野駅), not Ikebukuro Station.

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅)

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

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

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Takada, Toshima Ward; Nishigahara, Kita Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis); and Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 7.

Update 2015/03/10: @ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 8.

Episode 8

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

Tokyo International Exhibition Center (東京国際展示場), popularly known as Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイ), in Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis.

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

Kokusai-Tenjijō Station (国際展示場駅) provides direct transit access to Big Sight.

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

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

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-

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

Episode 22

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

High school students ride a public bus and walk to school on their morning commute.

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

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

Part of Kira’s walk passes through a neighborhood shōtengai.

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

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

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

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fureshima published a comprehensive writeup with photography from the opening day of the official promotional collaboration between the SHIROBAKO production committee and the Skip-dōri Shōtengai in Musashisakai, Musashino.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Musashi-Sakai Station in Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 20.

Episode 21

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

River embankment (土手 dote) with paved, public accessible walking and cycling path

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Tokyo Ghoul √A

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

Episode 9

Tokyo Ghoul √A 東京喰種トーキョーグール√A

Shibuya (渋谷) ekimae and scramble crossing

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

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

Episode 8

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

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

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

Pedestrian overcrossing

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 Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 6.

 

Special Items

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Shinmai Maō no Tesutamento.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@isoisosan made a pilgrimage to Tōyako and Sōbetsu, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Ginza, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Sora no Method.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for the film Tamako Love Story.

@189asama made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture for YuruYuri.