Greetings! I’m X10A_Freedom on MyAnimeList and @Kanadebestcure on Twitter. I am honoured to be guest posting on Moe-Alternative on the subject of Smile Precure locations! I will be covering Smile Precure Episodes 13-14 where they go on a school trip to Kyoto and Osaka.
The first sight that greets travellers alighting at Kyoto Station is the
Tsutenkaku (通天閣) Tower Kyoto Tower.
This boring talk at the eerily quiet Kyoto bus terminal would have been spiced up nicely with a shower to distract the children.
The show then moves to the noteworthy location of Kinkaku-Ji where Miyuki goes to sleep with the fishes. Having visited that location in 1996 and remembering it well, I did not go this time.
Next stop was Arashiyama, characterised by its modern, concrete bridge with wooden planks attached on the concrete surface. In other words, it was a disappointing replica.
Of course, the location for bad photography actually exists so I had a go.
The bamboo path at Arashiyama.
The bridge and bamboo are probably the only two locations that tourists visit in Arashiyama. It’s well worth hiking further afield for authentic thatched houses and rice fields.
Meanwhile, Aka Oni looks at a tourist advertisement for Kyoto.
The cast then pay a visit to Kiyomizu Temple where Miyuki has yet another mishap. There is indeed a gradient on the platform of the temple, but not exactly steep enough to do somersaults on!
We then move onto the southern Gion, the Geisha district which is packed with tourists.
Aka Oni then makes an appearance in front of Tatsumi Daimyoujin Shrine which is located in the quiet, northern part of Gion. This is a tiny shrine located in the middle where a road forks into two. Why I didn’t take a photo of it really beats me.
We then have BATTLE START! My photo is from Oni’s perspective.
Miyuki drops her Smile Pack into the stream! Actual drop location approx 50 metre downstream from photo.
Moving to episode 14
I don’t have much Osaka material to warrant a Part 2, I had differing interests such as visiting the longest shotengai in Japan. Also, Osaka castle is a modern replica which houses a museum rather than a castle per se so it was a no-go.
The battle of Osaka took place at Shinsekai where its landmark, Tsutenkaku became the monster of the week!
The one thing Toei underdelivered is, the surrounding scenery art was underwhelming compared to real life.
Sadly, the much-featured takoyaki turned out to be not my thing.
Oddly enough they didn’t actually show Miyuki and Yayoi eating Okonomiyaki for lunch, which is a big deal because of Akane’s Osaka archetype. Her dad left his home city to set up an authentic Osaka Okonomiyaki restaurant elsewhere. I tried it at a random alleyway store which was super local and man, it was amazing!
Also, do not forget that Osaka is the home of the largest Precure Pretty Store.
I hope this has been an interesting and fun read to all Precure fans. Last but not least, is an image to a random location from Episode 7. I thereby christen this structure as “Reika Tower”, erected 3,776 metres above sea level.