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), @seki_saima (post), @thunder_cycle (updates: post 1, post 2, post 3; new: post 4) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) made pilgrimages to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 5.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Uji for the OP.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for the OP.

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto and Nagoya for the OP and Episode 1 through Episode 4:

Episode 5

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, as the band stays after for rehearsal.

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

After rehearsal, Sapphire, Kumiko and Hazuki walk to the train station on their evening commute home.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Keihan Uji Line is reflected in the Yamashina River (山科川) as it crosses the viaduct.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Hazuki disembarks at Ōbaku Station (黄檗駅). Photorealistic depiction of trains and stations, including actual corporate logos, is usually a sign of some involvement or cooperation from the railway operator in the location hunting phase of anime production. Sure enough, step through the ending credits and you’ll find the Keihan Electric Railway (京阪電気鉄道株式会社) listed under the acknowledgement section along with The Museum of Kyoto, Uji Commerce and Tourism Division, Yamaha and others.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Moreover, the level of detail in the artwork in these scenes of the stations and train is quite incredible for broadcast anime. While not filled out to the same extent as a Shinkai feature film, there are finishing touches everywhere. You have to play back and freeze frames several times to consciously observe all of them.

I’ve also been chatting with Kansai friends since the series began about the transit background sounds. Though I want to confirm with railfans among the group when we meet for the butaitanbou community annual summit in July, the rail sounds in Eupho, particularly aboard the trains, seem to be onsite recordings from the Keihan Uji Line, not stock clips. We noticed this detail in the Kyoto Station scene from Tamako Love Story, as well.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Keihan 13000 series (京阪13000系)

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Kumiko unexpectedly discovers she is alone on the train with Kōsaka, forcing a social encounter that ultimately eases some of the tension between them.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

IC transit card swipes at Keihan Uji Station (京阪宇治駅)

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

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Bus and taxi rotary in front of Keihan Uji Station

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Kyoto Animation has a penchant for these golden hues. No sunset? No problem. Just find some sodium vapor lamps.

Cinematography side note: Unlike newer florescent and LED street lamps, the output intensity of sodium vapor lights is comparatively low. To shoot this scene with a camera would require a very large aperture to make use of available light, which is reflected in a razor thin depth-of-field leaving only Kumiko and Kōsaka in focus.

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Bus shelter

Sound! Euphonium 響け! ユーフォニアム

Uji Bridge (宇治橋) east end

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

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

Uji Bridge

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

Yamashiro Sports Park (山城総合運動公園), referred to casually as Taiyōgaoka (太陽が丘)

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

Re-Kan!

( レーカン! Rēkan!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 6

Re-Kan! レーカン!

This episode features three different scenes set in busy pedestrian shopping streets. There are quite a few shōtengai in Sōka (草加), Saitama Prefecture, though I wasn’t able to match these backgrounds conclusively to any of the ones in the center of the city.

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!

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!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Re-Kan! レーカン!

Group dinner at a famiresu

Hello!! Kinmoza

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 made pilgrimages to (post 1) Tsudanuma, Narashino for Episode 4; and (post 2) LaLaport TOKYO-BAY in Funabashi (both Chiba Prefecture) for Episode 5.

@teo_imperial made pilgrimages to (post 1) LaLaport TOKYO-BAY for Episode 5; and (post 2) Sakura and Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for the OP, Episode 3 and Episode 5.

Episode 5

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

LaLaport TOKYO-BAY (ららぽーとTOKYO-BAY) in Funabashi (船橋), 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

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

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

Hello!! Kinmoza ハロー!! きんいろモザイク

Mimomi (実籾), Narashino, Chiba Prefecture. Students begin the walk home on the evening commute.

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

Someino (染井野), Sakura, 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

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 6

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

Takasu Community Center (高洲コミュニティセンター) in Mihama Ward (美浜区), Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture

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

 

Special Items

The Asashi Shimbun published an article about plans to draw pop culture tourism to Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture based on its resemblance to the fictional setting of Ghost in the Shell. Series creator Shirō Masamune was born in Kobe.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture for Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD.

@kou1mori made a pilgrimage to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Me-Kizashi-.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Takahashi, Okayama Prefecture for Ai Tenchi Muyō!

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture; and Shibuya and Ebisu (both Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis) for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@Twittist2 made a pilgrimage to Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture for Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Rokodoru Yattemita.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Utsunomiya Station in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture for RAIL WARS!

@mi_kawana made a pilgrimage to the Lake Biwa canal near Fujinomori Station in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto for Tamako Market.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Nakatane, Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Robotics;Notes.

@fluffyyukki made a pilgrimage to Venice, Italy for Aria the Avvenire.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Kushiro Subprefecture, Hokkaidō Prefecture for the Studio Ghibli film Omoide no Mānī (When Marnie Was There).

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Seiseki-sakuragaoka, Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for the Studio Ghibli film Mimi wo Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart).