Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

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.

Erased

(僕だけがいない街 Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)
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Episode 9

Erased 僕だけがいない街

With Kayo out of harm’s way, Satoru is on the move again, taking us to a few new locations in Tomakomai (苫小牧), Iburi Subprefecture, Hokkaidō Prefecture.

Erased 僕だけがいない街

The river embankment (土手 dote) where he begins tailing Nakanishi features a paved walking path and covered seating areas. These buffer areas are meant to serve as flood protection during earthquakes but, as in this case, are often utilized as public space.

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Satoru follows Nakanishi to the Ōmachi Ginza Shōtengai (大町銀座商店街).

Erased 僕だけがいない街

He and Kenya keep watch over Hiromi at the children’s center until it is time for them to head home.

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Satoru returns to Ōmachi Ginza Shōtengai to continue after Nakanishi after her cram school dismissal, but is cut short when he encounters his mother on a grocery run.

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Local service on the Muroran Main Line (室蘭本線)

Erased 僕だけがいない街

Erased 僕だけがいない街

She and Her Cat -Everything Flows-

(彼女と彼女の猫 -Everything Flows- Kanojo to Kanojo no Neko -Everything Flows-)
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Opening Credits

She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- 彼女と彼女の猫 -Everything Flows-

Rail viaduct for the Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線) crossing the Yodo River near Tsukamoto Station (塚本駅) in Tsukamoto, Yodogawa Ward, Osaka City

[Credit: @ye_bi_su, blog]

Kanoneko is based on the 1999 self-made short film by Shinkai Makoto, which put the auteur in the public eye and helped launch the director’s animated feature film career. Shinkai’s films feature some of the highest production value and most detailed background artwork in the history of animation. While this adaptation is working within a TV budget and does not appear to involve Shinkai in production, the young studio Linden Films and director Sakamoto Kazuya have tried to incorporate some elements of Shinkai’s unique style, such as complex lighting and reflections, atypical camera angles, rack focus and dolly movements, and detailed tight shots. I’m looking forward to see what they can do with this.

Episode 1

She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- 彼女と彼女の猫 -Everything Flows-

She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- 彼女と彼女の猫 -Everything Flows-

She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- 彼女と彼女の猫 -Everything Flows-

Myriad Colors Phantom World

(無彩限のファントム・ワールド Musaigen no Fantomu Wārudo)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 9.

Episode 9

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

I’m not familiar with the light novel source material, but it’s not uncommon for Kyoto Animation to inject a little Kyoto history into an anime adaptation. We got a heaping dose of it this week.

The episode opens mid-narrative, placed in a version of Kyoto as conjured up by the phantom. Given the use of the Ikedaya Incident (池田屋事件) as the basis for the play-within-the-narrative, we’re most likely looking at Sanjō Ōhashi (三条大橋) around the end of the Edo period.

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

We jump back to the real world for a spell, near Shōnan-Enoshima Station (湘南江の島駅).

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Itabashi Shinsengumi cenotaph (板橋新選組慰霊碑) in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Ikedaya (池田屋)

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

The play version is a loose interpretation of the Ikedaya Incident, in which rōnin (masterless samurai) loyal to the emperor fought with other rōnin and Shinsengumi (the latter two in the service of the shogun). However, it takes some pretty wide creative liberties, such as including Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本龍馬), who in reality plotted against the shogunate and was hunted by Shinsengumi, not a collaborator with them. He also died two years prior to Ikedaya. History buffs can roll their eyes while the rest of us enjoy the hijinks.

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

The Ikedaya Incident occured on July 8 and the Gion Festival (祇園祭) occurs throughout July every year, so this part is not entirely implausible.

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Nōryōyuka (納涼床), colloquially referred to as yuka when talking specifically about the Kamo River in Kyoto, is a long-running practice of temporary dining platforms setup over running water in summer months that continues to this day.

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Ikedaya

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

One of Ryōma’s favored accessories, the Smith & Wesson Model 2 Army, is a bit much for Kurumi-chan to handle. It’s also a blending in of the Teradaya Incident (寺田屋事件), which occurred two years prior to Ikedaya. In the attack by rōnin loyal to the Satsuma daimyo on imperial loyalists including Ryōma at the Teradaya inn on 1862 May 21, Ryōma famously discharged this weapon but was also fatally injured in the scuffle.

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Myriad Colors Phantom World 無彩限のファントム・ワールド

Girls Beyond the Wasteland

(少女たちは荒野を目指す Shōjotachi wa Kōya wo Mezasu)
Watch: Hulu

Episode 9

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Shibuya (渋谷) scramble crossing

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Jinnan Studio (神南スタジオ) in Jinnan, Shibuya Ward. Voice tracks for many of your favorite anime were probably recorded here.

[Credit: @LR_Mihuka, Twitter]

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

The high school in Shokomeza uses Yokohama City University (横浜市立大学) in Seto, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama as its location model. It’s adjacent to the Keikyū Main Line trainyard between Kanazawa-Bunko Station and Kanazawa-Hakkei Station, which is why we so often see trains in these shots.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

PSA: Don’t do this.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Because this.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Shibuya scramble crossing

Girls Beyond the Wasteland 少女たちは荒野を目指す

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū

(昭和元禄落語心中)
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Episode 9

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Streetcar crossing the Sumida River via Azuma Bridge (吾妻橋)

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Haruchika – Haruta & Chika

( ハルチカ 〜ハルタとチカは青春する〜 Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@habusan (updated Field Guide) made a pilgrimage to Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 9.

Episode 9

Haruchika - Haruta & Chika ハルチカ 〜ハルタとチカは青春する〜

Tokai University Shizuoka Shoyo Junior and Senior High School (東海大学付属静岡翔洋高等学校・中等部) in Orido, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka

Dagashi Kashi

(だがしかし)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to the Shibuya central business district in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo for Episode 8.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Takeoka and Kyonan for Episode 4; and (post 2) Kanayakō lighthouse for the OP from Episode 3 and later (all Chiba Prefecture).

Episode 8

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Shibuya Center-gai (渋谷センター街)

Durarara!! X2 Ketsu

(デュラララ!!×2 結 Durarara!!x2 Ketsu)
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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 33 (Ketsu 9).

Episode 9

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Ikebukuro (池袋), Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Durarara!!x2 Ketsu デュラララ!!×2 結

Active Raid

(アクティヴレイド 機動強襲室第八係 Akutive Reido Kidō Kyōshūshitsu Dai-Hakkei)
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Episode 9

Active Raid アクティヴレイド 機動強襲室第八係

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎)

Active Raid アクティヴレイド 機動強襲室第八係

Active Raid アクティヴレイド 機動強襲室第八係

Active Raid アクティヴレイド 機動強襲室第八係

 

Special Items

Nihon Keizai Shimbun published an article that mentions anime pilgrimage in the context of foreign tourist interests and trends in Japan.

NNA.Asia, part of the Kyodo News Group, published an article about plans by media conglomerate Kadokawa to promote anime pop culture tourism to Japan at the 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair, to be held in July. This campaign follows similar efforts by local municipalities that participated in the Japan Pavilion in 2014 at the same event.

Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about the official map produced by the city of Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture to promote pop culture tourism for works from the Haruhi franchise.

Nishinomiya Keizai Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Nishinomiya for Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Mahō Shōjo Nante Mō Ii Desu Kara.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ōhashi, Meguro Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Owarimonogatari.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Higashi-Ōizumi, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Noragami Aragoto.

@keihi49 (post 1, post 2) made a pilgrimage to Machida, Tokyo Metropolis for Gekijō-ban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgement.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Mount Tanigawa in Gunma Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture for Hello! Kin’iro Mosaic.

@donko824 (post 1, post 2) made a pilgrimage to Kure and Etajima, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kantai Collection.

@tsumuri_f5 made a pilgrimage to Venice, Italy for the Aria series.

@Twittist2 made a pilgrimage to the former Toyosato Elementary School in Shiga Prefecture for K-On!