Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of transit, place and culture as rendered in anime currently broadcast in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. For a detailed outline of the approach, please refer to the explanation in the inaugural issue. Links to streaming sources are included when available, though not all may have current episode available at the time this column is published.

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Toyama Keizai Shimbun published an article about production of Kuromukuro, including its extensive use of Toyama Prefecture locations.

Episode 11

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kennosuke and Yukina hike to Mount Harinoki ( 針ノ木岳), which straddles Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture and Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture. @habusan (Twitter 1, Twitter 2, Twitter 3) and @tesra1141 (Twitter) were able to pinpoint the location through image search and satellite maps.

Among the butaitanbou community and general seichijunrei practitioners, there are quite a few avid mountain climbers. Some have been at it for a long time, and many new enthusiasts were born out of hiking pilgrimages for Yama no Susume—the 2013 and 2014 animated series, and ongoing manga source material. Subsequent to the 2016 Butaitanbou Summit this fall in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, @musagoso will lead an optional tour through nearby Hannō locations and a hike of Tenranzan for Yama no Susume pilgrims.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Concrete Revolutio

(コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Watch: FunimationDaisuki

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Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Shinjuku (新宿)

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

In this final episode, something close to contemporary Tokyo appears for the first and only time in the series.

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)

The Lost Village

(迷家-マヨイガ- Mayoiga)
Watch: Crunchyroll

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The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

Dōshi village (道志村), Yamanashi Prefecture

The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

And you thought there is never a girl online?

(ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った? Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?)
Watch: Funimation

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And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

This week’s eyecatch: Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

Flying Witch

(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@habusan published a Field Guide to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture with navigation recommendations and pertinent information for others to go on pilgrimages for Flying Witch.

@aaaisb made a pilgrimage (post 2, post 3) to Hirosaki for multiple episodes.

@kei_gorotsuki made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki and Ajigasawa for the manga source material.

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Netorabo published an article reporting the Kashima Rinkai Railway in Ibaraki Prefecture for the first time recorded budget surpluses in two consecutive quarters, attributable to the influx of tourism to Ōarai for anime series and film Girls und Panzer.

Asahi Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Karumai, Iwate Prefecture for Haikyū!!

Future Season Pilgrimage

@sl_hakase made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the PV to Planetarian, a visual novel by Key that will be adapted as an OVA and theatrical film in 2016 Summer.

@megtan used Google Street View to identify locations , then made a subsequent pilgrimage to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for the PV to Orange, premiering 2016 July.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the PV to Love Live! Sunshine!!, premiering 2016 July.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture for Amanchu!, premiering 2016 July.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to the Tobu Zoo in Saitama Prefecture for Sansha San’yō.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Shōnen Maid.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture during special promotional events for Hibike! Euphonium coinciding with Agata Matsuri.

@tianlangxing published an extremely detailed location and transportation guide for others to plan pilgrimages to Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsume Yūjin-chō.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Machida, Tokyo Metropolis and Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture for Date A Live.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Shinkai Makoto film Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second).

@mi_kawana made a pilgrimage to Suita, Osaka Prefecture; Miyakojima Ward, Osaka City; and Yawata and Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Clannad After Story.

@yoiyoi14 made a pilgrimage to Venice, Italy for Aria.

@dotproducer made a pilgrimage to Tochigi Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture for Uchū Kaizoku Mito no Daibōken.