My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

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.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

(やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続 Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 1

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

The return of Oregairu brings us back to Chiba City (千葉市), Chiba Prefecture. An early scene depicts high school students walking to school on the morning commute, though the second half of the episode diverts to a school trip to Kyoto. Chiba Municipal Sōbu High School is modeled on Chiba Municipal Inage High School (千葉市立稲毛高校).

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Tokyo Station (東京駅)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Obligatory “Hey, I can see Mount Fuji from the train!” scene

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Kyoto Station (京都駅)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Kyoto Tower (京都タワー)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Kyoto Station

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺)

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Jishu Jinja (地主神社), part of the Kiyomizu-dera grounds

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Pro tip: Don’t do this.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Pro tip 2: Do accept the drinking ladle from the attractive classmate who is kind of into you.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Hotel Heian no Mori Kyoto (ホテル平安の森京都) [Credit: @nandakaomo, from Twitter]

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Ramen chain Tenkaippin original shop (天下一品本店) in Ichijōji Tsukida-choō Sakyō Ward, Kyoto [Credit: @hiro2712, from Twitter]

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。続

Re-Kan!

( レーカン! Rēkan!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Sōka, Saitama Prefecture for the OP and Episode 1.

Opening Credits

Re-Kan! レーカン!

The setting of Rēkan! is modeled on Sōka (草加), Saitama Prefecture. The opening credits hop around to a number of the city’s notable points of interest and public spaces. First to appear is Hachiman Jinja (八幡神社).

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Matsubaradanchi Nishiguchi Park (松原団地西口公園)

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Futabakashi Park (札場河岸公園). This and several other locations that appear in the setting are parts of the Sōka Matsubara Promenade (草加松原遊歩道), a network of pedestrian greenways, walkways and bridges traversing the city.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Sanmachi Inari Jinja (三町稲荷神社)

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Den’u River (伝右川)

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Promenade

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Osencha-ya Park (おせん茶屋公園)

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Yatate Bridge (矢立橋), on promenade

Re-Kan! レーカン!

The school building is modeled on the Sōka Municipal Museum of History and Folk Customs (草加市立歴史民俗資料館).

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Episode 1

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Promenade

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Yatate Bridge, on promenade

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Promenade

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Futabakashi Park, on promenade

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Students (and ghosts) walk to school on the morning commute.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Sōka Municipal Museum of History and Folk Customs

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Amami aspires to a deeper friendship with Inoue, but struggles to trigger the very important walk home from school together flag.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Matsubaradanchi Nishiguchi Park

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Based on the screentime and unique cut count in the first episode, the park appears to be a node for Amami’s supernatural encounters.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

SHIROBAKO

(シロバコ)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Sado Island, via the Sado Kisen jetfoil ferry in Niigata Prefecture for Episode 24.

@shy_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture for Episode 24.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Koizumi Farm  in Oizumigakuencho, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 24; and published a report on the wrap-up of the SHIROBAKO promotional collaboration with the Skip-dōri Shōtengai in Musashi-Sakai, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis.

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to the Chōfu Airport in Chōfu, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 15.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Tanashi, Nishitōkyō, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 8.

Your lie in April

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Nishi-Ōizumi, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 15.

@ye_bi_su made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Ōizumi, Shakujiidai, Kami-Shakujii and Takanodai (all Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 1/2/22.

@Roan_Inish made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Higashi-Ōizumi, Takanodai and Shakujii Park (all Nerima Ward) for Episode 2.

@rimatai made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Higashi-Ōizumi, Nishi-Ōizumi (both Nerima Ward); and Niiza, Saitama Prefecture for multiple episodes.

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

@ngwrb made pilgrimages to (post 1) Nishigahara, Kita Ward; Ikenohata, Taitō Ward; Fujimachi, Nishitōkyō (preceding all Tokyo Metropolis); and Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 11; and (post 2) Akihabara (Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward) and Takada, Toshima Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 12.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to multiple locations for the manga source material Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata Koisuru Metoronōmu, Volume 2.

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

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Harajuku and Omotesandō, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 10.

 

Special Items

The Asahi Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsume Yūjin-chō.

@keyboar published a report on the state of Haruhi inspired tobidashi in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, as the city prepares for Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu.

@kortoku made a pilgrimage to Shibuya ekimae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Owari no Serafu.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Isuca.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Durarara!! X2 Shou.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to the Shinjuku central business district, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Aldnoah.Zero.

@thunder_cycle made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to the Lake Biwa canal in Kyoto for Tamako Love Story.

@teo_imperial made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Seiseki-Sakuragaoka, Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for Isshūkan Friends.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Nakatane, Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Robotics;Notes.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture for Yosuga no Sora.