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.

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

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 12.

Episode 13

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

Shōnan Monorail (湘南モノレール) blended with fictional location

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

Bookends give a work a sense of completing a full cycle, and have appeared in several previous Kyoto Animation series. Like Yui’s slip and slide on the polished wood floor of her home in K-On!, or Kumiko adjusting her skirt hem in Hibike! Euphonium, Haruhiko’s return to Nishi-Kamakura Station (西鎌倉駅)—this time not running to catch the train, but on the platform with time to spare—subtly convey his growth as a person.

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

Kamakura (鎌倉), Kanagawa Prefecture

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

Dagashi Kashi

(だがしかし)
Watch: FunimationHulu

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Kyonan and Takeoka, Chiba Prefecture for Episode 10.

Episode 12

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Cafe used as third place

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

As with the train station in the previous episode, the bus shelter becomes a commons, in this case allowing Kokonotsu and Hotaru to share thoughts (and candy) as they wait out the rain.

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Dagashi Kashi だがしかし

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū

(昭和元禄落語心中)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 13

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

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー)

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Asakusa (浅草), Taitō Ward

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū 昭和元禄落語心中

 

Special Items

In what to my knowledge is a first, a non-Japanese newspaper published an article about real location use in anime, even including butaitanbou style side-by-side comparisons of screenshots with Google Street View images. The Edmonton, Canada edition of Metro notes use of Alberta’s capital in the most recent installment of the Gundam franchise, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Tekketsu no Orufenzu (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans). The news outlet learned of the city’s appearance in the show through Canadian anime blogger @Nopybot (post 1, post 2). @nijimen (post 1, post 2) picked up on the story and includes more background information on the sequences. I personally prefer the headline from the original print edition, “Edmonton smashed by robots”.

Keitai Watch published an article demonstrating use of mobile app Butai Meguri to facilitate seichijunrei (pop culture tourism) for Yama no Susume.

@ssslocation (post) and @kibaichi (post) made a pilgrimages to Asagaya, Suginami Ward and Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis for the PV to New Game!, premiering 2016 July.

@yomikatajiyu made pilgrimages to (post 1) Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture and (post 2, post 3, post 4) Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for the manga version of Koe no Katachi.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for the key visual to Hai Furi.

@kou1mori made a pilgrimage to Shioiri, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-4-bu Asa -Ashita-.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Narashino and Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture for Oshiete! Galko-chan.

@teo_imperial made a cherry blossom pilgrimage to Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Kin’iro Mosaic.