Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

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.

Shirobako

(シロバコ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Nishitōkyō and Igusa, Suginami Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 11.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 9.

Episode 11

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Higashi-Fushimi (東伏見) 4-chōme, Nishitōkyō, Tokyo Metropolis

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Anime studio BONES (ボンズ) in Igusa (井草), Suginami Ward, Tokyo

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Several brief meetings are held in third places. As Aoi makes a round of meetings in search of extra animators, two of her stops are made at a cafe and famiresu.

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Takizawa Lounge Room (談話室滝沢)

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Shōtengai

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

SHIROBAKO シロバコ

Shōtengai

Your lie in April

(四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made pilgrimages to Fuchū, and Higashi-ōizumi and Minami-ōizumi, Nerima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 9 and Episode 11.

Episode 11

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

We return to the now familiar stretch of the Seibu Ikebukuro Line (西武池袋線) in Higashi-ōizumi (東大泉), Nerima Ward, Tokyo. This week features particular emphasis on the hardware of the grade level crossing (踏切 fumikiri).

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

There is nice use of the passing Ikebukuro Line train, adding emphasis to Kōsei’s cathartic sprint along the tracks.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

The cake shop ARCACHON (アルカション) previous occupied this location on the south side of Hōya Station (保谷駅), but has since moved to the north side.

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Mae-dōri Bridge (前通り橋) in Niiza (新座), Saitama Prefecture

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Sword Art Online II

(ソードアート・オンラインII Sōdo Āto Onrain II)

Episode 23

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Asuna helps Yūki visit her old neighborhood and home via camera.

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

An elevated pedestrian walkway crosses over the road between the train station and town center.

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Shoppers pick up groceries along a main street leading into the neighborhood from the train station.

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Sword Art Online II ソードアート・オンラインII

Yuki Yuna is a Hero

(結城友奈は勇者である Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Marugame Castle in Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture for Episode 10, updated a previous pilgrimage with addition cuts in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture for Episode 6, and made a new pilgrimage to Kan’onji covering Episode 8 though Episode 10.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Ryokan Ōhashi in Misasa Onsen, Misasa, Tottori Prefecture for Episode 7.

Other Pilgrimage

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage to Hakodate, Hokkaidō Prefecture; Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture; and Ena Bay area in Kanagawa Prefecture for the 2014 Studio Ghibli film Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There).

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Shakotan, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Kita e. ~Diamond Dust Drops~.