Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

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.

Special Note: This issue compresses the previous three weeks into one review. New baby is home and we’ve mostly readjusted to life with an infant again. The anime downtime over the holiday week comes at a good time, but I’m looking forward to coming back recharged for the start of the 2016 Winter season, with new works from Kyoto Animation, P.A. Works and hopefully a few other goodies too.

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 10

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~

Kikko teleports to Nihonbashi (日本橋), Chūō Ward, Tokyo by changing places with one of the namesake bridge’s metal ornaments.

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~

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

Nihonbashi

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~

Still Nihonbashi. The red awnings are the Mitsukoshi (三越) flagship department store.

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~

Episode 11

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~

Tokyo was once threaded with many transport waterways, as recently as the immediate post-WWII period, but many were filled in during the run up to the 1964 Olympics and converted into roads, in an effort to make the capital appear more “modern”. You can usually find them on a map by picking out the roads that seem much too curvy to have been designed by a traffic engineer.

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~

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁), loosely modeled on the actual headquarters building in use until 1980

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

Sapporo Clock Tower (札幌時計台)

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

Odori Park (大通公園)

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

Episode 12

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~

Kikko uses a cafe as third place, in this case not as a social commons, but as a place of refuge when the environment at the bureau becomes stifling.

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~

Streetcar bound for Ginza, with the National Diet Building (国会議事堂) in the background

Noragami Aragoto

(ノラガミ ARAGOTO)
Watch: Funimation

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture; and Ōizumi-gakuen Station in Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 10.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Ōizumi-gakuen Station for Episode 7/8/10.

Episode 10

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

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

Iya Station (揖屋駅) in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

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

Former town of Mihonoseki (美保関), now part of Matsue

[Credit: @animeseichi, Twitter 1, Twitter 2]

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

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

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Asahikawa, Hokkaidō Prefecture for (post 1) Episode 1 through Episode 4; (post 2) Episode 6 through Episode 10.

@gerad0705 made a pilgrimage to Asahikawa for Episode 8.

Episode 9

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

Nagayama Cemetery (永山墓地) 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

Episode 10

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 cafe from Episode 6 appears again. This is part of the food court at Aeon Mall Asahikawa Ekimae (イオンモール旭川駅前). Though this particular property is co-located with a transit hub, Aeon is a huge shopping center developer that has a penchant for massive, big box retail with sprawling surface parking lots in suburban/exurban communities. I am not the biggest fan of Aeon.

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

Minami’s hiding place at a famiresu becomes her interrogation room after she is discovered.

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

Episode 11

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

This column focuses on urban commons, so differentiating one rural Hokkaidō vista from another is a pretty far out-of-bounds diversion. But I can’t help thinking I’ve seen this place before, in Monogatari Series Second Season. @paffue visited this noted touring vista in Kaiyo (開陽), Nakashibetsu in 2013.

If you squint just so…

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

Owarimonogatari

(終物語)
Watch: CrunchyrollDaisuki

Episode 10

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Shōwa era candy shop transplanted to who-knows-where

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Episode 11

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Odd shaped, fenced in urban parks make good use of irregular and otherwise unused interstitial spaces between buildings and under viaducts.

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Episode 12

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Sugaharashirokita Bridge (菅原城北大橋) in Higashiyodogawa Ward, Osaka. This has appeared before, in other Monogatari series.

Owarimonogatari 終物語

Owarimonogatari 終物語

The Perfect Insider

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

Episode 11

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

Third time’s not a charm, as Moe’s solitary sulking at a famiresu third place is also interrupted by an interloper.

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

Magata Shiki escapes to Tokyo.

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

Moe has apparently, finally coerced Saikawa into some kind of trip together. The sequence is a non-sequitur. As there are absolutely no narrative clues as to the location, either you recognize these visuals or you don’t. I’ll leave this one to the experts and come back with an update if I hear anything.

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

The Perfect Insider すべてがFになる

K Return of Kings

Watch: HuluViz Media Neon Alley

Episode 10

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

Shibuya Center Gai (センター街)

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

Episode 11

K Return of Kings

Ashinaka High School monorail

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

Special Items

Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu

  • Mantanweb published an article about the official pilgrimage map produced by the city tourism division of Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture.
  • Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture for the series.
  • @keyboar published a report of special events held in 2015 Fall and planned for 2015-2016 Winter and Spring in Nishinomiya related to the series. These include the official map reported by Mantanweb (above), holiday hours at Cafe Dream, a broadcast on Lantis Net Radio, charity bazaar and stamp rally.

Netorabo published an article about two non-Japanese individuals with knowledge of seichijunrei (pop culture tourism), one of whom gives formal tour guidance.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 1, ) 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.

@ssslocation (post) and @habusan (Field Guide update) made pilgrimages to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for the second PV to Musaigen no Phantom World.

@habusan added more information to the Field Guide to Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka Prefecture for P.A.Works’ Haruchika ~Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru~, premiering 2016 January.

@Minky_j (post) and @ssslocation (post) made pilgrimages to Chiba City and Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture for the PV to Dagashi Kashi, premiering 2016 January.

@lidges made a memory-based pilgrimage to Iwami and Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture for just released theatrical film High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, the prequel to the Kyoto Animation broadcast series Free!

@yacchamfree made a pilgrimage to Iwami for High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-.

@rimatai made pilgrimages to (post 1) Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture; and (post 2) the Former Iwasaki-tei Garden in Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Lance N’ Masques.

@nobucafe made pilgrimages (Episode 8, Episode 9) to Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture for YuruYuri San Hai!

@kou1mori used (post 1) archive photos from the 2013 Shōkei no Michi bamboo lantern festival in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture in a “retroactive” pilgrimage; and new pilgrimages to (post 2) Takehara, and (post 3) Shioiri, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for additional cuts from just released third of four planned Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ theatrical films, subtitled Dai-3-bu Me -Akogare-.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Kichijōji, Musashino; (post 2) Mitaka; and (post 3) Meidaimae, Setagaya Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for One Punch Man.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture for Onsen Yōsei Hakone-chan.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Tokyo Metropolis for Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Wakō, Nishitōkyō, Toshima Ward, Kita Ward, Chiyoda Ward and Kōtō Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture; and Lake Shirakaba and Mount Kirigamine in Nagano Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Kakitagawa Park in Shimizu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Hanamonogatari.

@donko824 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for multiple works, primarily Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Rokodoru Yattemita.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Minamibōsō, Chiba Prefecture for Non Non Biyori.

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kuroshima, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture for the manga version of Sakamichi no Apollon.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Sengoku Collection.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Gotenba, Shizuoka Prefecture for Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Darker than Black -Kuro no Keiyakusha-.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Sakura-shinmachi, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Sazae-san.