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.
(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Aiamu made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for the manga source material.
Mount Iwaki (岩木山)
There isn’t as much movement this week as in the opening episode, but we do drop in on several new locations around Hirosaki (弘前), Aomori Prefecture.
Hirosaki Apple Park (弘前市りんご公園)
Iwakiyama Jinja (岩木山神社)
Hirosaki Castle (弘前城)
Hirosaki Park (弘前公園)
Shimoyuguchi bus stop (下湯口バス停)
Shimoyuguchi bus stop
In Motoko’s dream, she watches the waterfront from a bench in Yamashita Park (山下公園) in Naka Ward, Yokohama.
Ishiba Residence (石場家住宅)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
— 堀川憲司 (@horiken2000) April 14, 2016
P.A. Works founder and president Horikawa Kenji mentioned that, before Kuromukuro had been planned, he used to tell people that he wanted to have a giant robot stand on Kurobe Dam and “for some reason, it just should just attack Toyama”. (The studio headquarters is in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture.) They’d ask if he was serious and then laugh at him. This week in the second episode, he made it clear he really wasn’t kidding about that, and seems to enjoy having the last laugh.
A large, yellow robot comes ashore first in Kataguchi (片口), moving across other parts of Imizu (射水) on the way to Toyama City, the capital of the prefecture.
It doesn’t look like he came for farming work.
Kuromukuro breaks out of containment at the Kurobe Dam.
Yeah, that’s a rail viaduct. You’ll have to go over or under it.
What’s with that look on your face?
Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線)
Hey! No! Bad robot! Don’t break the shinkansen! The extension to Toyama has only been online since 2015.
On the right and behind the cloud of smoke is Toyama City Hall (富山市役所).
Kenchōmae Park (県庁前公園)
On the left is the headquarters of the Kitanippon Shimbun (北日本新聞).
Lost a sword, but no problem. Just grab something handy.
Hey, wait. Not the streetcar!
Never stood a chance.
What did we learn about transit and urban commons in this week’s episode? Not so much. Was it still fun to watch them smashed to bits by giant robots? Definitely.
(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)
Update 2016/05/08: Asakusa Fuji Sengen Jinja (浅草富士浅間神社) in Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
The doughnut shop with a great view of the grand thoroughfare through the center of Hiroshima is used as third place.
Shin-Hakushima Station (新白島駅) is shared by JR West trains and the Hiroshima Rapid Transit Astram Line (アストラムライン). The Astram Line section features this unusual, above ground atrium ceiling and day-lighting over the platform, which is just below street level.
Hiroshima Motomachi High School (広島市立基町高等学校)
Update 2016/4/21: Former headquarters of Dentsu (電通本社ビル) from 1967 to 2002, then headquarters of DentsuTec (電通テック本社ビル) from 2003 to 2014, now owned by Sumitomo Realty & Development (in Tsukiji, Chūō Ward, Tokyo)
(ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った? Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@q87dt commented on last week’s review and then made an on-site visit to confirm the Episode 1 eyecatch does indeed come from Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof:
— q87 (@q87dt) April 18, 2016
Shin-Kashiwa Station (新柏駅)
Merlion Park in Singapore
Media and General Interest
Asahi Shimbun published an article about anticipated pop culture tourism to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!, premiering 2016 July. Local residents and business owners are using the OpenStreetMap platform to create a guide for anime pilgrims, with particular emphasis on using the bus system.
Kyoto Shimbun published an article about fans of Hibike! Euphonium that formed and recruited members for an Uji-based, volunteer concert band inspired by the work.
Netorabo published an article about the promotional collaboration between the Keihan Electric Railway and Hibike! Euphonium running from March 31 to August 31.
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Demachi Masugata Shōtengai and Nishiki-yu; (post 2) Fujinomori; and (post 3) Kyoto Station (all Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) for Tamako Market and Tamako Love Story.