Smile Precure in Kyoto & Osaka – Miyuki’s ULTRA HAPPY! Wait, she’s not.

Kansai is an ULTRA HAPPY place!

Kansai is an ULTRA HAPPY place!

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.

Note to self: Do not take photos using Twitter on your phone.

Note to self: Do not take photos using Twitter on your phone.

This boring talk at the eerily quiet Kyoto bus terminal would have been spiced up nicely with a shower to distract the children.

I want Miyuki to make it rain.

I want Miyuki to make it rain.

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.

The UK cannot be beaten when it comes to the quality of replicas.

The UK cannot be beaten when it comes to the quality of replicas.

Of course, the location for bad photography actually exists so I had a go.

Obligatory LEG shot.

Spot the obligatory LEG shot.

The bamboo path at Arashiyama.

Bamboo blades to shave hair.

Bamboo blades to shave doll hair.

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.

Pretty much impossible to get a clean image close-up.

Pretty much impossible to get a clean image close-up.

This place is full of traps. Tourist souvenir shops all over the place.

This area is full of traps. Tourist souvenir shops all over the place.

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!

Obligatory FOOT shot.

Obligatory FOOT shot.

If Miyuki theoretically fell off...

If Miyuki theoretically fell off…

We then move onto the southern Gion, the Geisha district which is packed with tourists.

Proof 2D > 3D.

Proof that 2D > 3D

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.

The shrine looks bigger than real life in Precure.

The shrine looks bigger than real life in Precure.

 We then have BATTLE START!  My photo is from Oni’s perspective.

Many tears were shed on this road.

Many tears were shed on this road.

Miyuki drops her Smile Pack into the stream!  Actual drop location approx 50 metre downstream from photo.

Miyuki got wet in there.

Miyuki got wet in there.

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!

AKANBE TOWER!

AKANBE TOWER!

The one thing Toei underdelivered is, the surrounding scenery art was underwhelming compared to real life.

Needs more bling!

Needs more bling!

Sadly, the much-featured takoyaki turned out to be not my thing.

Takoyaki

Takoyaki

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!

Authentic Osaka Okonomiyaki

Authentic Osaka Okonomiyaki

Also, do not forget that Osaka is the home of the largest Precure Pretty Store.

Any male that visit for self-consumption is clinically insane. :P

Any male that visits for self-consumption is clinically insane. 😛

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.

I climbed Mt Fuji just to visit a Precure location.

I climbed to the very top of Mt. Fuji just to visit a Precure location.

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2 responses to “Smile Precure in Kyoto & Osaka – Miyuki’s ULTRA HAPPY! Wait, she’s not.

  1. That’s actually pretty fun and educational! It’s always nice to see the real places, even more so if the show/movie was animated, since in animation you can rearrange and change everything to look more pleasant (like Warsaw in Oshii’s Sky Crawlers – which I could compare firsthand as I live here) , so it’s really nice to look at these photos of the places I will probably never visit.
    Thanks for that!

  2. Apologies for the very late reply. I really appreciate the feedback and am glad you really enjoyed this post. I can only confirm your observations regarding your home town. I also went around comparing Hyouka and it’s real-life locations and found that, street clutter has been extensively cleaned up to give a clean look. Hyouka also used a greenish filter to give a pleasant contrast to the predominently brown, old-style buildings of Takayama and its environs.