Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

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.

Sound! Euphonium

(響け! ユーフォニアム Hibike! Yūfoniamu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su (post), @kbt_tigers1985 (post), @seki_saima (post), @thunder_cycle (updates: post 1, post 2, new: post 3) and @R_ada_cchi (post) made pilgrimages to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 3.

@mi_kawana made a video pilgrimage to Uji for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

@seki_saima is keeping a separate “Guide Book” of anticipated location models for future episodes based on promotional materials.

Episode 3

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Todō Senior High School (莵道高校). Students begin the walk home from school on their evening commute.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Seven Eleven Uji Ōbaku Park shop (セブンイレブン宇治黄檗公園店)

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Kumiko, Sapphire and Hazuki stop at a convenience store on the walk to the train station.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Tea fields near the Uji Okurayama post office (宇治御蔵山郵便局), about a 15 minute walk from Rokujizō Station

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Rokujizō Station (六地蔵駅)

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Midori makes a second attempt at the gashapon machine while Kumiko and Hazuki wait across the street from the convenience store.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Rokujizō Station

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

The girls meet Shūichi at the station entrance. He asks them to stop for a brief meeting to discuss school matters before everyone heads home.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Their chosen third place is a fast food restaurant modeled on the McDonald’s Uji Kohata shop (マクドナルド宇治木幡店). This branch is around the corner from the Kyoto Animation main office.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Hadoyama Third Childrens Park (羽戸山第3児童公園), near Todō Senior High School

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Todō Senior High School

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Episode 4.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Episode 2.

Episode 4

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

Hachiman accompanies Hayato on a group date. Everyone meets at the Chiba Station (千葉駅) east entrance.

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

Chiba PARCO (千葉パルコ)

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

Saizeriya Chiba Chūō shop (サイゼリヤ千葉中央店)

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

Saint Marc Cafe Chiba Chūō Ginza-dōri shop (サンマルクカフェ 千葉中央銀座通り店)

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

Chiba Station east entrance bicycle parking area

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

Yui asks Hachiman to walk home together from school so that she can share the news of a big decision with him. After leaving the school, they pass Nakatakahama Park (中高浜公園).

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 sidewalk is separate from the street by trees, shrubs and guardrails.

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

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

(長門有希ちゃんの消失 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@thunder_cycle made a pilgrimage (updates: post 1, post 2, new: post 3) to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture for Episode 4.

Episode 4

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

Nishinomiya-Kita High School (西宮北高等学校). Students begin the walk home on the evening commute.

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

After getting careless and embarrassing myself last week, I took extra care to confirm—and double check with Haruhi location expert @keyboar—that this cafe is indeed the well-known third place used extensively in Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu. While we’re here, let’s unpack the shop name: 自家焙煎 珈琲屋 ドリーム [Tabelog]

自家焙煎 (jika baisen) – in house roasted [beans]
珈琲屋 (kōhī-ya) – coffee shop
– Coffee is more often written in katakana (コーヒー), but is also transliterated with kanji, similar to Chinese. Phonetic readings without meaning are known as ateji (当て字).
ドリーム (dorīmu) – dream

It’s generally referred to as just 珈琲屋ドリーム, so Cafe Dream or Coffeehouse Dream would be the most idiomatic English translation.

Cafe Dream is something of a pop culture tourism icon. Haruhi fans continue to make visits as they pass through Nishinomiya, many years after the original broadcasts.

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

Kita-Shukugawa Bridge (北夙川橋)

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

Terraced and tiled river embankment (土手 dote) creates a walkable public space along the Shukugawa.

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

Ginsui Bridge (銀水橋)

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan 長門有希ちゃんの消失

Nishinomiya-Kita High School. Students walk to school on the morning commute.

Re-Kan!

( レーカン! Rēkan!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 4

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! has a comparatively low production value, so while it’s hard to be completely certain, this looks a lot like the beach on the west side of Inamuragasaki (稲村ケ崎) cape in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

There’s only one green and yellow seaside rail line that shows up in beach episodes that I know of. While the details aren’t quite right, this is clearly inspired by the Enoshima Electric Railway (江ノ島電鉄).

Re-Kan! レーカン!

The wooden floors and green upholstery are consistent with Enoden.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

However, the train chassis looks more or less like a KiHa 40 series DMU, a widely used model that often stands in as a generic local train type in anime. Oh well.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Back in her ‘gangster’ days, Kyōko fought thugs targeting young girls in the downtown shopping district.

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Hello!! Kinmoza

(ハロー!! きんいろモザイク Harō!! Kin’iro Mozaiku)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Sakura (佐倉), Chiba Prefecture. Aya waits for Yoko on the walk from their homes to the train station on the morning commute to school.

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Keisei-Usui Station (京成臼井駅)

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Everyone meets in the plaza in front of the station before taking a train together, though as always, we never actually see the train.

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Mimomi (実籾), Narashino, Chiba Prefecture

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Mimomi Hongō Park (実籾本郷公園)

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Keisei-Usui Station

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Food vendor outside train station

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Yoko’s younger siblings Mitsuki and Kota play in the neighborhood street outside their home.

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

They eventually draw the Yoko’s friends into their antics.

 

Special Items

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Nara and Kashihara, Nara Prefecture for Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata I’ll Be Here: Mirai-hen.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Jashumon cafe in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata I’ll Be Here: Mirai-hen.

@kou1mori made a pilgrimage to Shioiri, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Me-Kizashi-.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Tesagure! Bukatsumono Spin-off Purupurun Sharumu to Asobou.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@habusan published a Field Guide to Bōnomine in Nishitama District, Tokyo Metropolis and Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume.

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Tonami and Nanto (all Toyama Prefecture) for YuruYuri Nachuyachumi!

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Tonami and Nanto for YuruYuri Nachuyachumi!

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Tokyo Metropolis, Chiba Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany for Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

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

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Fate/Zero.