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

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.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture for Episode 1 through Episode 6.

Episode 8

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

Mihara (三原), Hiroshima Prefecture

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

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

Green paint marks the grade level pedestrian shoulder.

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

The streets in Ohta’s neighborhood are only wide enough for one car lane and narrow shoulders.

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)

Episode 8

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Yūkyō-ji (祐教寺)

[Credit: @ankou_anko, Twitter]

The temple and the neighborhood scene later in the episode come from the same location in Chigaki (千垣), Tateyama (立山), Toyama Prefecture.

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

Chigaki

[Credit: @ankou_anko, Twitter]

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Flying Witch

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Episode 7.

Ebisu also contributed to an article about pop culture tourism for Flying Witch in a local community publication:

Episode 8

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Taishō Roman Kissa-shitsu (大正浪漫喫茶室)

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

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 21

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

FUGETSUDO (風月堂), non-extant coffee shop and counterculture icon in Shinjuku

[Credit: @sivuchllow]

The loss of third places like FUGETSUDO was emblematic of the receding from visible civic engagement of groups and individuals willing to be different or take a stand against the status quo, and the gradual corporatisation of pop culture and life in general in Japan after the 1960s. The loss of Kachoudo in Concrete Revolutio similarly denotes the end of acceptance of superhumans, a shift precipitated largely by collusion between government and large media companies to censor and manipulate information. I’ve been wondering if this shift from the social upheaval and vibrance of the post-war period to the stability but relative banality and stagnation of the recent few decades is what this show is really about.

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

Shinjuku Golden Gai (新宿ゴールデン街)

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~

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 Kaikan (代々木会館), now abandoned

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

This feels a bit like Ōtemachi (大手町), Chiyoda Ward, the epicenter of Japan’s large journalism and financial institutions.

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

The facade behind the robots is perhaps the Nihon Building (日本ビルヂング).

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

Former headquarters of Dentsu (電通本社ビル) from 1967 to 2002, in Tsukiji, Chūō Ward

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

Episode 8

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: Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

ASCII published an article about pop culture tourism to Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Cape Inobō in Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture for Bakuon!!

Past Season Pilgrimage

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Numabukuro, Nakano Ward; and Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Durarara!! X2 OVA 19.5.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to multiple Tokyo locations and Gora, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture for GATE.

@gonta0822 made a pilgrimage to the former Uwaoka Elementary School in Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer der Film.