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 13

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

The end of the season only manages to just explain why Jiro leaves the Superhuman Bureau, but leaves us with many more questions about where the fictional activism is going, and as many questions about its links to the actual activism and other social turmoil of postwar Japan. Fortunately, it will be back for another season in 2016, when I look forward to seeing where this all ends up.

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

One of my favorite points of the series thus far has been the clear use of disruption to public spaces and transit infrastructure as leverage to gain attention. Because these assets are important to the daily routines of Tokyo residents, taking control of them, or at least impacting their operation, is an effective way to get noticed.

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~

Shinjuku central business district and Shinjuku Station (新宿駅) east entrance plaza

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~

Yamanote Line (山手線)

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~

Yoyogi Station (代々木駅)

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

Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

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~

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~

Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, now the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, informally the Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム), was adjacent to the hypocenter of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the United States at the end of World War II.

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

Enola Gay, which delivered the weapon, meets a different fate in this universe.

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~

Aioi Bridge (相生橋) is next to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and was the intended target of the US bomber.

Noragami Aragoto

(ノラガミ ARAGOTO)
Watch: Funimation

Episode 13

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

With Tokyo’s labyrinthian, unnamed streets and confusing address nomenclature, it has been a long-time practice to make handwritten maps to locate a destination, for oneself or others. This was probably more common back before everyone had a GPS enabled smartphone. Yato’s map includes the closest rail station for reference.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

His status as a god of fortune notwithstanding, the new incarnation of Ebisu returns to his predecessor’s favorite famiresu for a simple but satisfying meal.

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

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

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

Noragami Aragoto ノラガミ ARAGOTO

This use of the famiresu allows Yato to share memories about his friend, the previous incarnation of Ebisu, away from the prying eyes of caregivers and busybodies.

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

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 12

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

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

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 13

K Return of Kings

Reused animation from the first season, the monorail to Ashinaka High School brings us back to normal life, putting a bookend to cap the end of the second season. When this first appeared, based on temporal proximity in the action, I had thought the departure station might be based on the Keio section of Shibuya Station. Now I think it may not be based on anywhere in particular.

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

K Return of Kings

 

Special Items

The very first volume of a collaborative publication by the Butaitanbou Community (anime pop culture tourism), 探訪路, is now for sale at Winter Comiket:

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for the manga version of Koe no Katachi, using the recently published official map from the local tourism division.

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

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer der Film.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to the Former Iwasaki-tei Garden in Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Lance N’ Masques.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture combining Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. (Anohana) and Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (Kokosake).

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Nishinomiya and Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture for the Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu OVA.

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Uji and Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture for the Hibike! Euphonium OVA.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Akihabara (Soto-Kanda) and the National Diet in Nagatachō (both Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis) for Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Sōbetsu and Tōyako, and (post 3) Tōyako and Toyoura, and Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Inashiki, Ibaraki Prefecture for Sakura Trick.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture for Ore no Nōnai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Rabu Kome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru.

@ago_star made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku Gyoen in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for the Shinkai Makoto film Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words).

@ago_star made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in Hokkaidō Prefecture for Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb.

@kyo_date made a pilgrimage to Manseibashi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Steins;Gate.

@ago_star made a pilgrimage to Sotogahama and Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture for Clannad After Story.

@ago_star made a pilgrimage to multiple train stations in Aomori Prefecture for the Shinkai Makoto film Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho (The Place Promised in Our Early Days).