The (NSFW, be warned) broadcast opening for the Tsubasa Cat arc of Bakemonogatari ("Sugar Sweet Nightmare") features various artistic nudes with what appear to be rail tracks stretching out along the model's body, such as in this SFW sample:

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The 'stations' here actually appear to correspond to various stations mostly in the Kansai area; for instance, 天見 (Amami Station) is a station on the Koya Line in Osaka, and 川西 (Kawanishi) is a small city in the same broad area. On the other hand, a bit of digging doesn't turn up any rail lines that run between the two.

Does anyone know if there's any meaning to the specific choice of rail stations used in this opening and their layout, or was it essentially just a mishmash of random location names?

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    Apparently, three of the right-leg stations (天見, 橋本, 極楽橋) are stations 73, 77, and 86 on the Nankai Kouya line. Also, three of the left-leg stations (飛鳥, 吉野口, 吉野) are on the Kintetsu Yoshino line. Does this mean anything? Beats me.
    – senshin
    Apr 15, 2015 at 14:51
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    just as a warning about the video "This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.". i'm in Australia so it appears there is some Geoblocking being used
    – Memor-X
    Feb 2, 2017 at 12:15

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大正-(新今宮)       平野-八尾-志紀--▽--尺土-浮孔-坊城-飛鳥-吉野口-緞野/吉野
        >(道王寺)<         道明寺
    (?池)       布忍---高鷲---△--貴志-川西-天見-橋本-極樂橋
      1     X      2      Y             3
( )= Full name not shown on the scene

These are railway lines in Osaka:

1 Uses kanji for Kishi Station in Wakayama instead.
* Uses traditional kanji


(百合ヶ丘)    南多魔-西府-立川-奥多魔
   1   X          2
( )= Full name not shown on the scene

These are railway lines in Kanagawa-Tokyo:

  • The 1st upper-leg is Odakyu Odawara Line: Yurigaoka
  • The interchange (X) is: Noborito (accessible directly from Odakyu Odawara Line, Nambu Line)
  • The 2nd upper-leg is Nambu Line - Ome Line: Minami-Tama, Nishifu, Tachikawa | Okutama
  • The 2nd lower-leg is Odakyu Odawara Line: Komae, Kitami, Kyodo, Gotokuji, Shimo-Kitazawa


         /                      \    浅草----▽---北千住-八潮-
三鷹-吉祥寺-新宿--代々木--千駄ヶ谷--飯田橋--御茶ノ水--濱離宮<     東京ガス
         \                      /    新日本橋--△---錦絲町-新小岩-西船橋-東京タワー-津田沼-
                 不動前                                        芝公園
   1   X          2               Y        3                 Z

These are railway lines in Tokyo:

x Not a station
2 Represents Meguro on Yamanote Line. Between Ebisu and Gotanda, there's a waterworks bureau in Meguro
3 Represents Tokyo on Yamanote Line (accessible from Ochanomizu by transfering to Chuo Line)
4 Represents Higashi-Mukojima on Tobu Skytree Line and Ryogoku on Chuo-Sobu Line. Both have Tokyo Gas near them.
5 Tokyo Tower is not anywhere near the Chuo-Sobu Line
* Uses traditional kanji


The railway lines are real, though they don't seem to mean anything. However, the bolded places on the body seem to mean something:

  • Waterworks bureau near bladder
  • Hamarikyu Gardens near womb
  • Tokyo Gas near large intestine
  • Tokyo Tower & Shiba Park are... recreation places

Reference: a more SFW, redrawn OP by NEXIS on YouTube

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