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

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to the Taishō Roman Kissa-shitsu in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Episode 7.

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki for Episode 5, Episode 6 and Episode 7.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki for Episode 1 through Episode 4.

Episode 7

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Mount Iwaki (岩木山)

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Kamisukisawa (紙漉沢), Hirosaki

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

A bus trip takes the cast to even less developed areas further away from the Hirosaki commercial center. Prominent use of the buses, including the real corporate logos, is likely an output of the formal marketing collaboration between the anime production committee and local transit operator.

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 anime, we often see tight shots of an IC card being swiped over a ticket gate at train stations. The stop request button shot is something of an equivalent for bus travel.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Shimo-ōaki-iriguchi bus stop (下大秋入口バス停)

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

Picking sansai (山菜), wild mountain vegetables

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Shimoyuguchi (下湯口)

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

Taishō Roman Kissa-shitsu (大正浪漫喫茶室) is a tearoom in Kamishirogane-chō (上白銀町), on the south side of the outer moat surrounding Hirosaki Park and Hirosaki Castle.

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

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

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 7

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

Shiraishi and other students walk home from school on the afternoon commute.

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

The east end of the Hiroshima Hondōri Shōtengai (広島本通商店街) stops just short of Chūō-dōri, the main north-south boulevard with its own shōtengai in the center of Hiroshima, instead depositing shoppers into a dense, largely pedestrian street cluster including other, smaller shōtengai and department stores.

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

Tanaka and Ohta are followed by Tanaka’s sister into a tiled plaza adjacent to the Hiroshima PARCO department store.

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

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

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

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ankou_anko made a pilgrimage to Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 5 and Episode 6.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to the Kurobe Dam in Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture for multiple episodes.

Episode 7

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Dual function transit system handles both civilian passenger traffic and large freight transport. You never know when your giant robot might break down and need a tow to the dealer.

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

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 20

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

Vietnam War imagery

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~

Yokota Air Base (横田飛行場) in Fussa (福生), Tokyo Metropolis

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~

An Inari jinja (稲荷神社), not sure where

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~

Abandoned strip mall

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~

Yoyogi Hachiman-gū (代々木八幡宮)

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

Episode 7

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?

This week’s eyecatch: The Great Pyramid of Giza or Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt is missing its capstone. A wooden tripod was added to the top so that it can continue to be called the tallest pyramid, not nearby Pyramid of Khafre.

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Ure Pia Sōken published the third part of an article about pop culture tourism to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer. (part 1, part 2)

All About published a detailed guide to non-Japan anime pilgrimage locations.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@thunder_cycle (post 1, post 2, post 3) made a pilgrimage to Chichibu and Yokoze, Saitama Prefecture for Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Singapore for Plastic Memories.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Tonami and Nanto (all Toyama Prefecture) for YuruYuri Nachuyachumi!

@habusan made a mountain climbing pilgrimage to Tanigawadake for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@ktism1228s (post 1, post 2) made a pilgrimage to Sapporo, Tōyako and Sōbetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture for Sora no Method.

A Korean fan made a pilgrimage to Otsu, Shiga Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!