Week after week, SING “YESTERDAY” FOR ME continues to impress as one of many strongest romance-drama anime of current reminiscence. Above all stands the present’s stellar character appearing, but it surely’s additionally Doga Kobo’s rigorously and meticulously crafted background artwork — which actually nails that somber, weighed down environment — that so completely manages to seize all the 4 protagonist’s psychological states. And in addition the depicted places play their half in creating that temper. As a result of on the finish of the day, Rikuo all the time finds himself wandering down the gloomy and run-down facet streets and again alleys of Tokyo. So, in at this time’s installment of Anime vs. Actual Life, try nearly 50 new real-world places of SING “YESTERDAY” FOR ME.
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Let’s begin this off with a fast rundown of all of Rikuo’s workplaces; in spite of everything, he does get round fairly a bit on his journey of self-discovery. Like I already detailed in my first publish, the little comfort retailer the place he jobs round in the beginning of the present is modeled after a 7-Eleven comfort retailer subsequent to Matsubara Station within the west of Tokyo.
By his reference to Fukuda, he then scores a facet gig at a bit of artwork gallery, working with the displays and likewise doing part-time workplace work. The anime’s Koga gallery was modeled after the gallery Bauhaus, a small artwork gallery near Akihabara, which additionally has a concentrate on images in actual life. The small gallery remains to be closed till the top of June because of the Covid-19 scenario however will reopen quickly with an exhibition on the daddy of images, Nicéphore Niépce.
The gallery is just a brief 10-minute stroll from both Akihabara or Ochanomizu Station.
Pursuing his ardour for images, he then strikes on to work at this little picture studio referred to as Intania, which is positioned within the Shinjuku space. There may be not quite a lot of data out there on the place, but it surely’s additionally a photograph studio in actual life.
Haru usually picks up Rikuo right here on the nook of the studio.
Some of the frequented places within the present is the Kitazawa River Inexperienced Approach, which mainly all the primary characters use to get house. The 4km-long walkway is considered one of Tokyo’s many “inexperienced roads” that comply with the course of outdated rivers and streams, which on this case was simply diverted underground. You may spot these throughout Tokyo, often organized a bit like a small park, lined with a number of bushes and benches.
And in Spring, the Kitazawa River Inexperienced Approach can be cherry blossom viewing spot.
That is nonetheless a part of the Kitazawa River Inexperienced Approach.
And also you guessed it, the Your Title.-esque stairs right here additionally lead right down to the walkway. It will get used loads within the present, however the lengthy and darkish pathway actually makes for some nice-looking, gloomy backdrops.
The identical may be mentioned in regards to the little pedestrian bridge close to Seijogakuen-mae Station, which is the place Shinako usually passes by on her means house. Shinako, Rikuo, and all the opposite primary characters are simply odd individuals, and SING “YESTERDAY” FOR ME is a particularly down-to-earth present, so it’s solely pure that many of the showcased places are easy on a regular basis locations that don’t stand out an excessive amount of. Sadly, that additionally signifies that there’s not a complete lot to put in writing about them, however I hope it’s nonetheless cool to see their real-life counterparts facet by facet.
Gotokuji Station is without doubt one of the primary hubs for all the primary characters within the present, as all of them reside within the west of Tokyo, which can be the place you’ll discover the vast majority of the present’s places.
The anime modified the title of the St. Marc Café to Bismarck Café.
You’ll discover this little bar, the place Rikuo went ingesting together with his outdated school classmate Takanori, in one of many facet streets close to Nishi-Ogikubo Station.
Talking of Takanori (who is a good wingman by the way in which), his marriage ceremony happened on the Jiyu Gakuen. The advanced was designed by the famend architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and was opened in 1921 as an all-girls college, however is now getting used as a venue for weddings, concert events, and different occasions.
This in all probability received’t come as a shock anymore, but additionally the artwork college that Rou attends exists, and can be an artwork college in actual life. The official college account even tweeted about its little cameo.
Yokohama’s Yamashita Park, which is the place Haru and Koichi go for his or her date in Episode 5, is without doubt one of the only a few vacationer spots proven within the anime. The park stretches alongside Yokohama’s waterfront, and considered one of its primary points of interest is the Hikawa Maru, an outdated Japanese ocean liner changed into a museum, which you’ll be able to see within the image beneath. The identical precise spot has additionally been featured in quite a few different anime like Flying Witch, Oreimo, Alice & Zoroku, or Bungo Stray Canine.
Rou appears to be dwelling near the Kitazawa Hachiman Shrine, which is the primary shrine of the Shimokitazawa Space.
And eventually, this little crosswalk might sound comparatively mundane, but it surely’s really the place the place Rikuo and Haru had their fateful first encounter!
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Wilhelm is an anime vacationer, who likes to seek for and uncover the real-world spots he sees in anime. You may speak with him on Twitter @Surwill or on Instagram wilhelm_donko.
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