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

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 9

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Arganzuela Footbridge in Madrid, Spain

[Credit: @tesra1141, Twitter]

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

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

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Now we’re being played with. After being led to believe there must be some deep meaning hidden in the many background settings used over the years, they could perhaps be merely props in Gaen’s puppet show.

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Always playful with tropes, and seeming to drop another hint as to art styles that inform Monogatari settings, we’re treated to some ukiyo-e (浮世絵) backgrounds. The flock of birds flows through each scene and continues on through the characteristic show style.

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Nihonbashi (日本橋)

Owarimonogatari 終物語

East side of the original Tokyo Station (東京駅) Marunouchi Building, prior to World War II

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Modern day Roppongi—I think. Chime in if you have another theory.

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 9

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

Nice Pearl Harbor reference. Concrete Revolutio seems to have reached the end of being coy about the underlying content.

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

Setagaya Ward (世田谷区), Tokyo Metropolis

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

A quick search did not reveal an historic explosion in Kawasaki (川崎), Kanagawa Prefecture. However, one did happen just this past summer at a Nippon Steel plant.

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

Streetcar bound for Ryōgoku (両国), Sumida Ward

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~

Modern day Sakurashinmachi Shōtengai (桜新町商店街) is a business collective of shop owners on several traffic bearing streets surrounding Sakurashinmachi Station in Setagaya Ward. I’m curious about this scene, as I could not find any photographs of an historic covered arcade.

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~

Covered shōtengai are usually quite study, but even the best are no match for giant robots.

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~

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

Episode 8

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

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

K Return of Kings

Watch: HuluViz Media Neon Alley

Episode 9

K Return of Kings

Shibuya Center Gai (センター街)

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

So, the secret, underground, cavernous evil lair has to be a complete fiction, right? Actually, this looks a lot like the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel (首都圏外郭放水路), flood water diversion infrastructure in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture.

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

Noragami Aragoto

(ノラガミ ARAGOTO)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 9

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

The Perfect Insider

(すべてがFになる Subete ga F ni Naru)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 8

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

Nagoya Juvenile Detention Center (名古屋少年鑑別所)

[Credit: @nanoexpTS2, Twitter]

 

Special Items

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6) to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for the manga Koe no Katachi, which will be adapted as a theatrical film directed by Yamada Naoko and produced by Kyoto Animation.

@gromit1446 (post) and @kou1mori (post) made pilgrimages to Shioiri, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for the just released third of four planned Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ theatrical films, subtitled Dai-3-bu Me -Akogare-.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for the first two Tamayura films,  Dai-1-bu Me -Kizashi- and Dai-2-bu Me -Hibiki-.

@qqbb5at9k made a pilgrimage to Ichigaya, Chiyoda Ward Tokyo Metropolis for Osomatsu-san.

The news blog of goods and media retailer Animate published a pilgrimage to Colmar, Paris, Strasbourg and Riquewihr, France; and Budapest, Hungary for Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?

@rimatai made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Takaoka and Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture for YuruYuri San Hai!

@kyo_date made a pilgrimage to Ogikubo Station in Suginama Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for theatrical film Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage.

@tesra1141 made a pilgrimage to Zenkō-ji in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture for Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu.

@kyo_date made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Etotama.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Gokukoku no Buryunhirude.

@kyo_date made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Akihabara Station in Chiyoda Ward; and (post 2) two locations used in a composite, Akiba Jinja in Ueno and Yanamori Jinja in Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Steins;Gate.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Aichi Prefecture and Hyōgo Prefecture for Fate/stay night.