New Game! ニューゲーム

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.

Love Live! Sunshine!!

(ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)
Watch: CrunchyrollFunimationDaisuki

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Izu Shimbun published an article about campaigns by the Izuhakone Railway and Tokai Bus, the two bus operators serving Numazu, to promote use of buses and taxis for anime pilgrimage through marketing collaborations for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 3.

Yaraon (@yarare_kanrinin) published a pilgrimage to Numazu for Episode 3

@hiro_tan3 made a video pilgrimage to Numazu for Episode 1 through Episode 3.

@lidges made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Numazu covering promotional images, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2. As always, Lidges’ approach to butaitanbou stresses not immediate turnaround nor sheer image count, but thorough study of the area and detailed observational notes.

@tenohira17 made a pilgrimage to Numazu for Episode 2.

@LyricalCygnus (post) and @mashiro2009 (post 1, post 2) published photography and writeups of the marketing collateral on trains, buses, taxis and boats in Numazu.

@LyricalCygnus also published a writeup of (post 1) material in the local tourism center; and (post 2) a combined article including all of the preceeding and pilgrimage for Episode 1 and ED.

@nijipoi_media (site ads NSFW) published a detailed review of the marketing collateral on trains, buses, taxis and boats, as well as the tourism center and Episode 1 pilgrimage locations.

Episode 3

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

The setting expands with several new locations this week. This is the Ushibuse Tōgō Shige beach (牛臥・東郷・志下海岸), further north than locations depicted in the first two episodes.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Yō, Rika and Chika ride the bus on the afternoon commute home from school.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Numazu Station (沼津駅) north side

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

The three founding idols try to drum up interest in their opening concert at the transit hub.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Cinema and other large commercial facilities are co-located with the rail and bus station.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Ushibuse Tōgō Shige beach

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Mito meeting hall (三津会館)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Nagaisaki Junior High School bus stop (長井崎中学校バス停)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Ōkawa house Nagayamon (大川家長屋門), a designated cultural site

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter]

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Numazu Station north side

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Mito swimming beach (三津海水浴場)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Nagaisaki Junior High School bus stop

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Numazu Nagaisaki Junior High School (沼津市立長井崎中学校)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Numazu Station

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Amanchu!

(あまんちゅ!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 2.

@tachikichi_ARIA also explored Atami, including locations depicted in the manga version. Tachikichi is also a fan of Aria, another work based on a manga by Amano Kozue, and is the creator of an authoritative web guide to the Venice, Italy locations used as the setting for that work’s anime adaptations.

Episode 2

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

With the formal marketing collaborations and use of scenery from the city of Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture in the PV, my initial impression was that the Amanchu! setting would import whole cloth from that location. However, it’s clear at this point that the background is a synthesis of at least Itō and nearby Atami, and seems likely to have some non-real location connective tissue holding them together.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Hikari waits for the bus on her morning commute to school.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Hikari enjoys the scent of a freshly printed bus pass. Hey, whatever makes you happy!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

As with Love Live! Sunshine!!, operator Tokai Bus appears to have negotiated for some significant in-show appearances of its equipment, including corporate logos.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

After cutting back from a scene elsewhere, there’s a tight shot of Hikari with the bus window parallel to the focal plane, giving the appearance of a ladybug crawling across viewers’ monitors. Neat little trick.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Atami Ginza Shōtengai (熱海銀座商店街) in Atami (熱海), Shizuoka Prefecture

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Hikari and her teacher Katori both enjoy an early morning walk through the shopping street on the way to school.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Though the main action in this sequence is the growing intensity of their power walking competition, there is a secondary sequence of shop owners opening shutters and preparing displays as the shōtengai wakes up for the day.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

I kind of sense when the art transitions from real-location to connective tissue. The detail suddenly drops out and lines become too clean and simple.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Though this visual of Hikari jumping off a hillside that appeared in early marketing material is definitely back in Atami.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

So far, the only odd location is the school building itself, modeled on the Tsurugashima Fuji Junior High School (鶴ヶ島市立藤中学校) in Tsurugashima, Saitama Prefecture

[Credit: @animeseichi, Twitter]

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Shiofuki Park (汐吹公園) in Itō (伊東), Shizuoka Prefecture

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ankou_anko made pilgrimages to (updated post) Kurobe Dam in Tateyama for the first cour OP and Episode 3; and (post 2) Toyama City; and Shōmyō Falls and Murodō in Tateyama for the second cour OP and Episode 14 (all locations Toyama Prefecture). Ankou is a very gifted photographer and many of his images from the dam and mountain hikes are quite breathtaking, but my favorites are the shots that don’t appear in the anime:

@habusan and a group of mountain climbing anime fans hiked through Tateyama areas that have appeared in Kuromukuro. I’m hoping a post or two is forthcoming!

Episode 15

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

New Game!

(ニューゲーム Nyū Gēmu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Hanzawa Bridge in Mitaka; Fuda Station and Tsutsujigaoka Station in Chōfu for Episode 1 and Episode 3.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Hanzawa Bridge in Mitaka; Fuda Station in Chōfu; and Asagaya, Suginami Ward (all locations Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Asagaya, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Episode 3

New Game! ニューゲーム

Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線)

New Game! ニューゲーム

Aoba is late getting to work and sulks on train.

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

But Yun is confident they can make it if they dash from the station.

New Game! ニューゲーム

Asagaya Station (阿佐ヶ谷駅)

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

PSA: Running on the train platform and down the stairs is dangerous.

New Game! ニューゲーム

Double IC transit card swipe

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

Nakasugi-dōri (中杉通り)

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

Poor Aoba. Not depicted in the show, after her spill on the sidewalk, the three would have rounded the corner onto Ōme-kaidō (青梅街道), where the model for the Eagle Jump office is located.

New Game! ニューゲーム

Chūō-Sōbu Line

New Game! ニューゲーム

The train ride home is an opportunity for Rin to give encouragement to Aoba, removed from the pressures of the office environment.

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

Nakano Station (中野駅)

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

Hanzawa Bridge (榛沢橋) in Mitaka (三鷹)

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

Aoba is fired up to head into work early, waiting for the Keiō Line at Tsutsujigaoka Station (つつじヶ丘駅) in Chōfu. What’s particularly interesting is the attention to rail schedule details. She’s waiting for a west bound train, so that she can pickup an express train from Fuda Station (depicted in the first episode) heading east, which gets her to Shinjuku Station sooner for her change to the Chūō-Sōbu Line.

New Game! ニューゲーム

I think I have underestimated this show. The meta trope of pop culture media creators making a show about making pop culture media, and setting in the creative cluster on the west side of Tokyo, makes it hard to avoid comparisons with P.A. Works’ Shirobako, which has a significantly higher production value. But it’s clear that a lot of love went into these backgrounds. The level of detail, especially at the rail stations, is surprisingly high at times. These are places that the art team knows very well and is using this opportunity to showcase. I’m definitely paying attention now, and am looking forward to enjoying what comes next.

Planetarian

(planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~ Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume)
Watch: FunimationDaisuki

Episode 2

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

Hamamatsu (浜松), Shizuoka Prefecture

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

Matsubishi Department Store (松菱百貨店)

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

Matsubishi Department Store

planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~

ReLIFE

(リライフ Riraifu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 3

ReLife リライフ

Kugayama Station (久我山駅) south entrance on right side of frame and surrounding neighborhood, in Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @fragments_sue, Twitter]

ReLife リライフ

ReLife リライフ

Orange

(オレンジ Orenji)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@megtan made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for Episode 3.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto for Episode 2.

Sweetness and Lightning

(甘々と稲妻 Amaama to Inazuma)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Minky_j made a pilgrimage to the Sukippu-dōri Shōtengai in Musashi-sakai, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for the OP, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

 

Special Items

Future Season Pilgrimage

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for (post 1) the PV to the anime film adaptation; and (post 2, post 3)manga version of Koe no Katachi.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@kortoku made a pilgrimage to Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture for Momokuri.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@optiange made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@kazukazu30p made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@mi_kawana made a pilgrimage to Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls und Panzer.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to multiple Kantō area locations for the Kara no Kyōkai films.