Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of public transit use and urban design, as well as discussion of place identity and culture, through anime currently broadcast or screening in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. This review also documents seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 sacred site pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting)—on this website referred to collectively as anime pilgrimage—which are forms of place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.

Kamisama Kiss

(神様はじめました Kamisama Hajimemashita)

Episode 13

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kawagoe gets a starring role in this final episode, as Tomoe and Mizuki run around the town looking for the fleeing Nanami.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Warehouse District (蔵造りの町並み Kurazukuri no Machinami)

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Mizuki gets up close and personal with the Bell of Time (時の鐘 Toki no kane).

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

He also takes advantage of the excursion to sample all of the local specialty treats in Candy Alley (菓子屋横丁 Kashiya Yokochō).

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Mizuki with a Kawagoe sweet potato

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Nanami sulks in the park as the Seibu Shinjuku Line goes past one last time.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Nanami resolves to return to the shrine and fight the miasma.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

She attacks the tsuchigumo with kagura dancing.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Nanami prevails, clearing the way for the planned matsuri.

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

Kamisama Hajimemashita Kamisama Kiss

A non-Tokyo based setting, strong female protagonist, plenty of trains, places and a heaping scoop of traditional Japanese culture made this show a pleasure to watch. Bravo.

Say “I love you”

(好きっていいなよ。 Suki-tte Ii na yo.)

Episode 13

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

The final installment revolves around Mei and Yamato doing what they normally do, meandering around Hachiōji while awkwardly trying to sort out their feelings for each other.

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Anywhere you see the red brick street marks the pedestrian shopping district (shōtengai 商店街) that begins at Hachiōji Station and runs toward the northwest for many blocks.

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Yamato’s neighborhood, with its painted sidewalks

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Suki-tte Ii na yo. Say "I love you"

Like many romance dramas in manga and anime, this one, almost by necessity, is also about place. The walks home from school, impromptu cafe meetings, and sudden running off after someone else just wouldn’t work the same if the story were set somewhere that required cars, especially if parents were the ones doing the driving.

Code:Breaker

(コード: ブレイカー Kōdo:Bureikā)

Episode 13

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

In a flashback, Ogami and Hitomi spur on the dote (土手).

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Obligatory Tokyo Skytree shot

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Taitō, Bunkyō and Arakawa wards

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

The Code:Breakers visit Sakura to bid farewells.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Toki says his goodbye on the bus.

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Kōdo:Bureikā Code:Breaker

Ogami’s parting gift is bouquets of pale blue flowers left in the park where Sakura first met him. Despite a not very compelling plot, wooden dialog and overacting, the recurring elements of urbanism made Code:Breaker an interesting ride… sort of ^_^