Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

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.

Flying Witch

(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Aiamu made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for the manga source material.

Episode 2

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

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.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Hirosaki Apple Park (弘前市りんご公園)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Iwakiyama Jinja (岩木山神社)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Hirosaki Castle (弘前城)

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Hirosaki Park (弘前公園)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Shimoyuguchi bus stop (下湯口バス停)

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Looking down from the grounds of Saishō-in (最勝院) and Yasaka Jinja (八坂神社)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Shimoyuguchi bus stop

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

In Motoko’s dream, she watches the waterfront from a bench in Yamashita Park (山下公園) in Naka Ward, Yokohama.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Ishiba Residence (石場家住宅)

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@inoue1024 made a pilgrimage to central Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 2.

@ankou_anko made a pilgrimage (tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6) to Imizu, Tateyama and Toyama City (all Toyama Prefecture) for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Episode 2

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.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

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.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

It doesn’t look like he came for farming work.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro breaks out of containment at the Kurobe Dam.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Yeah, that’s a rail viaduct. You’ll have to go over or under it.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

What’s with that look on your face?

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線)

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Hey! No! Bad robot! Don’t break the shinkansen! The extension to Toyama has only been online since 2015.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Crossing the Jinzū River (神通川). This is already inside Toyama City (富山市).

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

On the right and behind the cloud of smoke is Toyama City Hall (富山市役所).

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kenchōmae Park (県庁前公園)

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

On the left is the headquarters of the Kitanippon Shimbun (北日本新聞).

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Lost a sword, but no problem. Just grab something handy.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Hey, wait. Not the streetcar!

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Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Never stood a chance.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

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.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 2

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Update 2016/05/08: Asakusa Fuji Sengen Jinja (浅草富士浅間神社) in Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @ssslocation, gallery]

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

floresta Hiroshima Hatchōbori shop (フロレスタ広島八丁堀店) in the Hiroshima Chūō-dōri Shōtengai (広島中央通商店街)

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

The doughnut shop with a great view of the grand thoroughfare through the center of Hiroshima is used as third place.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

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.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Hiroshima Motomachi High School (広島市立基町高等学校)

Concrete Revolutio

(コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Watch: FunimationDaisuki

Episode 15

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

Shinjuku (新宿)

@sivuchllow mentioned during the first season that this shot reminded him of the Keio Plaza Hotel (京王プラザホテル) when just completed (1971).

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

Hokōsha tengoku (歩行者天国 lit. pedestrian paradise) in Ginza (銀座), Chūō Ward, Tokyo

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~

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)

[Credit: @sivuchllow, Twitter]

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

And you thought there is never a girl online?

(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?)
Watch: Funimation

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:

Episode 2

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

Shin-Kashiwa Station (新柏駅)

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

Merlion Park in Singapore

 

Special Items

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

@Minky_j made a pilgrimage to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture for the manga version of Big Order.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Kōta, Aichi Prefecture for Haruchika ~Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru~.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Takeoka Station in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture for Dagashi Kashi.

@522858A made a pilgrimage to Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Shōjotachi wa Kōya o Mezasu.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Ueno, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Sekkō Boys.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Ikeda, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Mimomi, Narashino, Chiba Prefecture for Hello!! Kin’iro Mosaic.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live!

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Obihiro, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Gin no Saji.

@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.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hyōka.

@donko824 made a pilgrimage to Komoro, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.