Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

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.

Concrete Revolutio

(コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Watch: FunimationDasuki

Episode 7

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Use of a bar or club, which we’re told is in Yūrakuchō (有楽町), as third place. To boot, floor to ceiling windows draw the surrounding cityscape into the dining area.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

I think the child-like scenarios and melodrama in Concrete Revolutio mask many interesting bits of history and social commentary that make the show more sophisticated than it seems. In particular, this and several prior episodes demonstrate awareness of the power of governments, advertising firms and news media to shape public opinion. Half the work of the Superhuman Bureau appears to revolve around managing optics for controversial issues.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Nihonbashi (日本橋) is already overshadowed by the expressway, so this fictional era’s model comes from sometime during or after 1964.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

At a mid-block zebra crossing with no signal, cars do not yield to waiting pedestrians until outside force is called in.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

By my unscientific account, when environmental pollution is depicted in anime, it’s often in a setting that doesn’t exist, isn’t Japan, or at least is a future dystopian version of Japan that no one would mistake for the real world. Depicting Shōwa era pollution in urban areas and suffering of residents hits close to home.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Use of cafe as third place

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

A Concorde supersonic passenger jet. Just for fun.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Organized protests in public spaces aren’t unusual in anime, but as with the pollution earlier, the anti-government themes and tactics used in the protests in Concrete Revolutio are much more reminiscent of the real student protests of 1960s Japan than I’m accustomed to seeing. There’s a lot going on here.

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation

(櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gerad0705 made a pilgrimage to Asahikawa, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Episode 6.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Asahikawa for Episode 1 through Episode 4.

Episode 6

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Two uses of cafes as third place

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Plazas and temporarily pedestrianized streets fill with people for hanabi in Asahikawa (旭川), Hokkaidō Prefecture.

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Asahi Bridge (旭橋)

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

The river embankment (土手 dote) is also pedestrian accessible.

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている

Noragami Aragoto

(ノラガミ ARAGOTO)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 7

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Hiyori and classmates walk to school on the morning commute.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Lily-of-the-valley style shōtengai lighting fixture

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Owarimonogatari

(終物語)
Watch: CrunchyrollDaisuki

Episode 7

Owarimonogatari 終物語

An oldie but a goodie, appearing at least a few times in Monogatari Series Second Season, this is Kakinokizaka (柿の木坂), Meguro Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, along the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line (東急東横線) tracks between Toritsu-Daigaku Station (都立大学駅) and Gakugei-daigaku Station (学芸大学駅).

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Grade level railroad crossing (踏切 fumikiri)

K Return of Kings

Watch: HuluViz Media Neon Alley

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage to Shiodome, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for the ED.

 

Special Items

@qqbb5at9k made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for the PV to Musaigen no Fantomu Wārudo.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to the Shokei no Michi bamboo lantern festival in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sapporo Station for Sora no Method.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to stations and vistas from the Fujikyūkō Line that appear in Yama no Susume Second Season.

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

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren. I was with Shin during this group tour following the 2015 butaitanbou community summit.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture for Amagami SS.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kyoto from Mizuiro Jidai.