Rambling Street

Paripi Koumei

Zhuge Liang, or Kongming (Koumei), was one of the greatest tacticians in the Three Kingdoms period 三國時代 of Chinese history. After having led his army through countless grueling victories, Kongming falls gravely ill. As he draws his final breath, Kongming wishes that if he were to reincarnate, he would be reborn in a more peaceful era.

His wish comes true, and Kongming wakes up in modern Shibuya with a young body and his memories intact. He finds his way into a nightclub and meets Eiko Tsukimi, an aspiring singer whose performance immediately captivates him. Afterward, he vows to become her manager, using his ancient wisdom to help her get a leg up in the music industry.

Locations from Paripi Koumei center around Rambling Street in Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo. There are also several shots of key locations around Shibuya Station. Many landmarks are later seen in Roppongi and Yoyogi Park. According to this article I found, the VUENOS TOKYO club which BB Lounge is based on had to close due to COVID-19.

There is a statue of Zhuge Liang’s likeness at a temple in Chengdu that I marked on the map. In addition to the historical reality, Kongming is a major character in the classic Chinese historical novel the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which in turn has been adapted many times in cultivation manhua and dramas. He also appears as a character in many Three Kingdoms or world history related video games, like Koei Temco’s Dynasty Warriors series and Sid Meyer’s Civilization IV and V.