With the newly premiered season of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki, we determined to discover the real-life areas in Japan. Much of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki takes place in Saitama Prefecture, primarily round JR Omiya Station. Let’s take a look at a few of the iconic real-life areas from the sequence’ first season.
Out on the Toubu Urban Park Line—identified to older locals as the Toubu Noda Line—close to Higashi-Iwatsuki Station lies certainly one of the central areas: the college attended by the essential characters, Fumiya Tomozaki and Aoi Hinami. The title of the real-life college has been redacted, however very similar to in the anime, the college is not more than a 10-minute stroll from the station. Even some locations Fumiya and his buddy move on their means to and from college exist and usually are not simply made up for the sequence.
Also prominently featured, particularly in the eye catches earlier than the business breaks, is Higashi-Iwatsuki Station. Most of them are taken on the platforms, however the comfort retailer seen in episode 7 is true by the station.
JR Omiya Station
If the college Fumiya and firm attend is the essential setting, then it may be stated that areas in and round JR Omiya Station are a significant secondary setting. It’s nearly protected to say that the Mame no Ki (豆の木), or Bean Poll—a typical assembly spot for locals—fills up a lot of the time spent in Omiya Station.
That’s not to say we do not get to see different areas inside the station. Unfortunately, some spots had been inside the Lumine division retailer. However, the Green Peace Garden seen in episode 9 is certainly one of the few areas inside the division retailer which can be obtainable for photographs.
And in fact, who can overlook the few areas on the platforms and concourses in Omiya Station? In the episode, we see Fumiya sitting on platform 19-20 as he waits for the JR Saikyo Line practice heading to Shinjuku—or if it connects to the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line, Shinkiba. We additionally see the Northern Concourse in episode 5 after Fumiya, Aoi, Yuzu Izumi, and Takeshir Mizusawa purchased birthday presents for Shuji Nakamura.
There are additionally just a few areas round the East Exit of Omiya Station, however surprisingly not many round the Minami Giza space, on the southern finish of the space. It makes a little bit of sense as the space is primarily full of bars and hostess golf equipment, however the karaoke store and the restaurant Fuka Kikuchi works at are in that basic space. Where the youthful individuals have a tendency to congregate, although, is the northern finish, which was just lately redeveloped and continues to be in the strategy of redevelopment.
Unlike the East Exit, there are a plethora of areas on the pedestrian walkway round the West Exit of Omiya Station. Prominently featured in the promotional poster for the first season is Omiya Sogo and the surrounding areas, however, for the most half, the Arche constructing and surrounding areas are the essential options of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki.
For many overseas nationals, Kita-Yono may be traumatic because it’s certainly one of the stations nearest the Saitama department of the National Immigration Office. For Fumiya and Minami Nanami, although, it is dwelling. While the precise location of their respective homes cannot be pinpointed, we are able to stroll the path they take to get dwelling. And, in fact, there’s the small park seen in a handful of episodes and the eye-catch in episode 6—situated proper by the immigration workplace.
One cannot overlook the main plot level that occurred in episode 11 when Fumiya and Aoi have a slight falling out. While one would assume it could be tough to find the precise bench the two had been sitting on in JR Kita-Yono Station, we are able to decide it by means of just a few clues. The massive one being they’re going through the Shinkansen Line that runs parallel to the Saikyo Line between JR Omiya Station and JR Akabane Station. On prime of this, we see the finish of the platform is to the proper of Fumiya, and the stairs going to the exit are to the left of Hinami. Leaving solely two benches to select from: the benches closest to JR Omiya Station.
Ikebukuro Station and Hanno City
It could appear odd to place these two areas collectively, however they’re intertwined inside Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki. For occasion, when Fumiya, Aoi, and their buddy traveled to Hanno City in episodes 10 and 11, they went to JR Ikebukuro Station and transferred to the Seibu Laview Limited Express. Realistically, that is fairly out of the means. It is feasible to attain Hanno by way of the JR Kawagoe Line from Omiya (which is an extension of the Saikyo Line) and switch to the Hachiko Line (no relation to the statue in Shibuya) at JR Kawagoe Station to JR Higashi-Hanno Station. But taking the scenic route is smart for highschool college students, contemplating it prices about the identical in complete.
While there are solely two areas round Seibu Hanno Station, the campsite visited by the characters is a special story. It is situated about 45 minutes by bus in direction of Yu no Sawa (湯の沢), and a five-minute stroll from Renkei Bashi (連慶橋) bus station. The real-life Kenny’s Family Village Auto Campground is depicted because it seems in the anime. In truth, when talking with Mr. Hiroto Taniai and a few of the workers, they expressed nice shock upon listening to about and seeing the campgrounds featured in the sequence. While the workers was glad to see Kenny seem in the sequence, they did stress that pilgrims are welcome however would recognize it in the event that they used the facility. And what fan would not need to BBQ the place Fumiya and firm did?
One different location visited by the characters whereas staying at Kenny’s is the Sawarabi no Yu (さわらびの湯). Since this can be a bathhouse, taking photos inside the institution wasn’t potential. What may be stated, although, is the males’s baths are barely totally different from what’s seen in the anime, and I can’t communicate for the girls’s bathtub as I’m a cisgender male. What’s outstanding about the location is the stroll from the campsite to the bathhouse seems comparatively brief in the anime when, in truth, it takes roughly 20-Half-hour relying in your tempo. So, in the center of summer season or when it is humid out, you will work up an honest sweat each methods.
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki featured a number of different areas round stations on the JR Saikyo Line. Chief amongst them is the pedestrian walkway by JR Musashi Urawa Station, inside JR Toda Koen Station, the Saitama Prefectural Toda Park throughout the road from Boat Race Toda the place Fumiya and Fuka go on a date, JR Kounosu Station on the Takasaki Line the place Aoi, Minami, and Hanabi Natsubayashi went to in episode 13 for a fireworks competition and never to get their driver’s licenses (as that is the solely place in Saitama Prefecture to receive one), to the ever-popular Hachiko statue in Shibuya, the WWW X Store in Shibuya, and the now Lipps salon the place Fumiya and Fuka went after seeing a film.
It’ll be enjoyable to see what real-life areas seem in the second season of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki. And we have seen just a few already in the most up-to-date promotional video, resembling the arcade situated on the northern finish of JR Omiya Station’s East Exit. I simply hope I do not see my home in the sequence.