I made a pilgrimage of Moon is Beautiful (月がきれい/Tsuki Ga Kirei) at Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture. Kawagoe is known by the tourist as the “Little Edo” near Tokyo and also, a popular location for seichijunrei-sha.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #9: Tsuki Ga Kirei”
I rode Minatomirai Line from my previous pilgrimage article for Bungou Stray Dogs, where most of the major locations were located. In this trip, I rode JR Negishi Line to get to some of the minor locations of the series.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #7: Bungou Stray Dogs”
It’s rainy season in Tokyo and it inspired me to do a pilgrimage for Garden of Words (言の葉の庭) at Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. Since the movie was aired way back 2013, even though were changes on the landscapes and infrastructures inside the park but it still gives off a similar atmosphere during the time I watched this movie way back.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #6: Garden of Words”
Finally made my own pilgrimage of Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering with You (天気の子) before its released this coming July 19.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #5: Weathering with You”
Following the finale episode of Sarazanmai, a pre-distribution event for 舞台探訪 (scene exploration) map was held at Sumida Park Riverside Gallery last Saturday. It was actually a good opportunity to revisit the locations with other Sarazanmai fans.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #4: Sarazanmai Map Pre-distribution Event”
The first time I did a pilgrimage for Bungou Stray Dogs, it was only a casual pilgrimage with a friend with only a faint memory from the first season. My friend had already followed to the latest updates of the series therefore I can’t keep up the excitement similar as hers when walking around the Yokohama. But due to that walk, I gave myself a chance to watch the anime and became my most favorite series of all time.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #3: Bungou Stray Dogs”
There will be instances where the anime setting isn’t exactly looked like on the actual location due to lack of aesthetic or has a need to fit in on a certain scene. As for Bungou Stray Dogs, some of its settings were based from multiple sites around Yokohama or even outside the main stage. After a thorough research and multiple visits, I was able to breakdown the possible model on each of the notable locations from the series.
*All of the screenshots were taken from Google Maps.
Armed Detective Agency
Armed Detective Agency, where our main characters work, doesn’t have an actual comparison in the real world however, Museum of Yokohama Urban History is so far the closest model of the agency in Yokohama given to its outer appearance and the similarities of the building around it.
As for the interior of the building, it was based from a 1930s art-deco style building in Ginza named Y’s Art Gallery.
Armed Detective Agency might be located near Motomachi Shopping Street if ever this agency was placed in real world. As you can see in the scenes below, the building is close to an expressway.
Metropolitan Expressway Kanagawa Rte No.3 Kariba Line is the only expressway that passes Naka Ward and also goes along the Motomachi Shopping Street, Yokohama Chinatown and Yamashita Park, three of the most featured places in the series.
From Season 1 Episode 4, we got to see the other view of the agency’s outer appearance. A similar pillar has also found at Yato Bridge right in front of Motomachi Street.
From Season 1 Episode 7 and Dead Apple movie, an overlooking view of Yokohama Bay Bridge can be seen from the cemetery.
However in the real world, the view didn’t come from the cemetery but a view from Osanbashi Pier given the bridge’s tower angle is almost identical at this street view below.
On the opposite view of the cemetery is a church on the background. Yokohama is known to have Western-style churches so I found two models that fit to the architecture on this church.
One of them is Sacred Heart Cathedral, a catholic church in Yamate Area, where they might based the main structure of the church.
And the other is Yokohama Kaigan Church, the first protestant church in Japan, where they based the shape of the tower.
Unfortunately there wasn’t an exact replication on the cemetery but there was a foreign cemetery around the area. The Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery is a historical site in Yokohama where the memorial graves of foreign soldiers from World War were placed.
From Season 3 Episode 1, in prequel arc “Fifteen Year Old”, where we get a flashback scene of Chuuya and Dazai. The park above is identical to Motomachi Park but doesn’t have the overlooking view.
So as the house in the background.
The location of the exploded mansion is based from Yamate Italian Garden. It is an English-style garden with an overlooking view of Yokohama and a diplomat’s house dated back in 1910. The two places might be very close in the series but in the real world, it took 30 minutes to walk from Motomachi Park to Yamate Italian Garden.
This is the second part of my pilgrimage for Midnight Occult Civil Servants (真夜中のオカルト公務員).Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #2: Midnight Occult Civil Servants (part 2)”
My extensive pilgrimage on Midnight Occult Civil Servants (真夜中のオカルト公務員) around Shinjuku Ward. From this walk, I covered Shinjuku’s sightseeing spots promoted in their twitter (this article) and scenes featured in the anime.Continue reading “Anime Pilgrimage #2: Midnight Occult Civil Servants (part 1)”