Owarimonogatari 終物語

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.

Owarimonogatari

(終物語)
Watch: CrunchyrollDaisuki

Episode 8

Owarimonogatari 終物語

It has been a quiet week for locations in anime. Let’s enjoy some Monogatari background art. The power lines, utility poles and other infrastructure get interesting treatment in night scenes. While lighting is generally realistic for other background elements, these items are silhouetted in offwhite, like a photo negative. This is one of many ways the show’s art draws our attention to the hardware of daily life that is so commonplace we usually ignore it.

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Our favorite concrete plaza and vintage Monogatari setting, Namishiro/Rōhaku (浪白) Park. Appearance of this location goes back long before the Weekly Review began. A quick search seems to indicate it is a synthetic setting that may include individual items or design elements from real places.

E.g.:

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Noragami Aragoto

(ノラガミ ARAGOTO)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 8

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Do not irritate Hiyori when she is trying to walk to school on her morning commute.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

But feel free to strike up a conversation on the train.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

There is a neat sequence that uses images of the city as it evolved over centuries, to illustrate Yato’s existence spanning different periods of history. The first image looks to be Edo period or earlier, with narrow streets, small blocks and structures all or mostly one story high.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

The ji (治) on the sign is probably Meiji (明治) 20, or 1887, which fits with the Western architecture influences and taller buildings.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Modern day Shinjuku (新宿) central business district

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Ōizumi-gakuen Station (大泉学園駅) in Higashi-ōizumi, Nerima Ward

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

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 8

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

At first, I mistook the non-linear storyline in Concrete Revolutio as being episodic. It’s now clear that we’ve been putting together various pieces of a sociopolitical commentary on activism in Japan. The setting remains Shōwa period inspired, but the issues could be conflated with current debate surrounding Japan’s military and foreign policy, and media management/censorship could come straight from today’s press environment. The student protesters are idealistic, but tractable. The establishment knows this and uses its strong control over the media to shape public perception. The Superhuman Bureau treads between the two, supporting non-violent protest but also trading favors with establishment. At this point, no one is truly evil, but no one is completely clean, either.

In the current media environment, especially US media, I’ve lowered my expectations so much that I jump for joy at anything that shows the slightest whiff of nuance.

Update 2015/11/25: The building used in this scene is the Old Memorial Hall (明治大学旧記念館) from the Shōwa period on the Surugadai campus of Meiji University (明治大学) in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. [Credit: @teo_imperial, Twitter]

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~

 

Special Items

Kyoto Shimbun published an article about the fifth annual light music club national competition, held at the former Toyosato Elementary School in Shiga Prefecture, the location model for the school in K-On!

Gifu Shimbun ran an article about an anime pilgrimage map for Koe no Katachi produced by the tourism association in Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture. The map appears to be based on the manga, but a film adaptation directed by Yamada Naoko and produced by Kyoto Animation is in production.

Actor and singer Toshiya Miyata revealed his affinity for Kyoto Animation seichijunrei (pop culture tourism) in a interview on the radio show Kisumai Radio (キスマイRadio).

@kei_gorotsuki made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch, a manga that will be adapted into a broadcast TV anime series.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tama Central Park in Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for early marketing images from Gurasu no Hana to Kowasu Sekai, a theatrical film produced by A-1 Pictures, scheduled to premiere 2016 January.

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

@nobucafe made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture for YuruYuri San Hai!

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

@hanwasen_ensen made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Nerima-Takanodai Station area and Minami-Tanaka, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@kyo_date made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to the Shinjuku central business district in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Captain Earth.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for Yama no Susume.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture including cosplay for Free!

Blogger ブラり写真日記~鉄道・旅・アニメのブログ。 made a pilgrimage to Higashi-Mihama Station in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture for Rinne no Raguranje.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Sangūbashi and Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for the Shinkai Makoto film Byōsoku 5 Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second).

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Shirakawa, Gifu Prefecture for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Kaihin-Makuhari, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Fate/stay night.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to the Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture for Hachimitsu to Kurōbā II.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture for Ai Yori Aoshi.