Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

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.

Flying Witch

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

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Episode 11 and Episode 12.

@tenohira17 made  a pilgrimage to Hirosaki covering multiple episodes, through Episode 12.

Episode 11

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying whale watching in Akudo (悪戸), Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Episode 12

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Hirosaki Castle (弘前城)

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Grade level railroad crossing just south of Chūō-Hirosaki Station (中央弘前駅)

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Kōnan Railway Ōwani Line (弘南鉄道大鰐線)

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Shimaya (しまや)

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Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri (弘前ねぷたまつり) is held annually from August 1 to August 7, and features large, fan-shaped paper and bamboo floats illuminated from within. The comparatively intimate though well-known event is one of a pair with the larger Aomori Nebuta Matsuri.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Drums and flutes accompany the procession of floats. Both matsuri retell historic military events, though while the Aomori festival evokes armies preparing for battle, Hirosaki’s depicts a triumphant return.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 12

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

The arcade entrance in the background is modeled on Ebisu-dōri Shōtengai (えびす通り商店街), one of many in downtown Hiroshima. However, the surrounding area depicted in the show differs from what’s on the ground. There are no arterial roads leading into either end of the arcade.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Streetlamp hardware matches that used on Aioi-dōri (相生通り), the main east-west arterial road through downtown.

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Namiki-dōri (並木通り) in Enichi-chō (円一町), Mihara (三原), Hiroshima Prefecture

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Also Enichi-chō

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Neighboring district Miyaoki (宮沖)

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 1.

Episode 12

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

While there is no confirmed identification of this mountain range, it’s certainly on the mind of @habusan (Twitter 1, Twitter 2), the butaitanbou community general manager and avid mountain climber.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Natsukomi (夏コミ) at Tokyo Big Sight (東京ビッグサイト) in Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Netorabo published an article about discussion revolving around a blog post by a group representing the dried fish foodstuff manufacturing industry in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Numazu is the setting for upcoming series Love Live! Sunshine!!  The post points to the example of revitalization of Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture resulting from Girls und Panzer, and expresses hope that expected pop culture tourism in Numazu will be an antidote to sluggish sales. Responses to the post ranged from support for marketing collaborations, to caution that Ōarai is a unique case not easily replicable, to stern remonstrations that Ōarai’s success—or any successful use of anime for regional and local activation—is not an entitlement to be assumed, but a result that stems from enthusiastic and whole-hearted efforts of the community to welcome anime fans, organize events and promote the city.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Asagaya, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for the previews to New Game!, premiering 2016 July.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to St Pancras Station in London, England for Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri.

@LyricalCygnus made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Hai Furi.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Kyonan, Chiba Prefecture for Dagashi Kashi.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture for YuruYuri San Hai!