Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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.

Love Live! Sunshine!!

(ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)
Watch: CrunchyrollFunimationDaisuki

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Nebukawa Station and Atami Station for Episode 7.

@tenohira17 made a pilgrimage to Numazu for Episode 6.

@mashiro2009 made a pilgrimage to Numazu for multiple episodes, and captured marketing collateral on public buses and an itasha meeting.

Episode 7

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Ōkawa house Nagayamon (大川家長屋門), a designated cultural site

This week features a large amount of new background art, both in Numazu and in Tokyo, where Sunshine revisits locations that appeared in the original Love Live! television series.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Awashima Hotel (淡島ホテル)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Mito swimming beach (三津海水浴場)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Numazu Station (沼津駅)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Before departure, supporters present Chika a gift bag of Noppo bread (のっぽパン). This is a cream-filled, elongated bread roll manufactured for almost 40 years by Numazu-based commercial bakery Enubīesu (エヌビーエス). As of 2016, manufacturing and sales was shifted to its subsidiary retail bakery business Banderole (バンデロール) , also Numazu-based. It is sold only in Shizuoka Prefecture and neighboring areas.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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Tōkaidō Main Line (東海道本線)

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Atami Station (熱海駅) in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Nebukawa Station (根府川駅) in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture was also used in the second season of Love Live! School Idol Project.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Akihabara (秋葉原) commercial district in Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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Akihabara Station (秋葉原駅)

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Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

あーきはーずらー!

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Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Kanda Myōjin (神田明神)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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Homeikan (鳳明館) main building in Hongō (本郷) 5-chōme, Bunkyō Ward

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Near Seven Eleven Bunkyō Hongō 3-chōme shop (セブン-イレブン 文京本郷3丁目店)

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter]

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Kanda Myōjin

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Former Manseibashi Station (万世橋駅) is now the mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi (マーチエキュート神田万世橋), a retail development operated by JR East. The scaffolding and equipment on top, where the station building used to be, are contemporary, part of ongoing construction in this multi-year renovation and historic preservation project. Though no trains stop at the station anymore, JR trains using the Chūō Line tracks continue to pass through the building.

@obsidiana_verde points out that in order to come across Manseibashi into Akihabara from the south, Chika’s run route would have required a significant detour across the river and back over again. Perhaps a quick visit to Takemura (竹むら), the model for Homura (穂むら) from the original series, where main character Honoka’s family lived and operated the confectioner.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Akihabara UDX (秋葉原UDX), part of the Akihabara Crossfield complex

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba (ヨドバシマルチメディアAkiba)

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atré Akihabara (アトレ秋葉原), an example of JR East’s conventional rail integrated retail development

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Amanchu!

(あまんちゅ!)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 6.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Itō for Episode 2/3/5/6.

Episode 6

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

National Route 135 (国道135号), near the Akazawa Onsen (赤沢温泉) in Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Michi no eki Itō Marine Town (道の駅 伊東マリンタウン)

Michi no eki (道の駅) are rest areas located along roads and highways. In addition to providing parking and restrooms, these roadside stations are also promotion centers for local tourism.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

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This michi no eki in Itō includes a marina, hence the name.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

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Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

The good fortune ribbons (幸せリボン) Pikari buys are available at the gate to Itō Marine Road (伊東マリンロード), a diving school and event facility that shares grounds with Itō Marine Town. According to the advertisement, red ribbons represent victory, while pink are for love.

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

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Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Amanchu! あまんちゅ!

Sweetness and Lightning

(甘々と稲妻 Amaama to Inazuma)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 7

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

In an extended sequence, Tsumugi (who appears to be about four years old) leaves her home unsupervised and without permission because she is concerned about her father, who has a severe cold. When he eventually realizes she is missing and catches up to her, he is understandably panicked, upset and angry. What’s interesting is the reactions, or rather the non-reactions and lack of concern, of other people on the street to Tsumugi’s presence.

It’s helpful to understand context to see why this isn’t strange. In the United States, an unsupervised child would prompt immediate calls to the police and perhaps child protective services, with severe consequences for the child’s guardians. In Japan, children are encouraged to learn to navigate their surroundings from a very early age. There are television shows about children making their first unaccompanied errand. Beginning as early as kindergarten, they are taught walking routes to and from school, with partial supervision, eventually leading to fully unsupervised commutes.

Though Tsumugi is toward the young end of the age band, her presence does not trigger interpretations that she is lost or neglected, because people are accustomed to seeing unaccompanied children of this age on a daily basis.

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Older girls help Tsumugi to cross a street, but out of play, not concern for her safety.

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Chūō Line (Rapid) (中央線快速)

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A middle-aged woman pays no attention to Tsumugi as she passes.

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

A friendly grandmother offers to walk together with Tsumugi across a larger intersection.

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Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

But they go their separate ways after reaching the other side.

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Sukippu-dōri Shōtengai (すきっぷ通り商店街)

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Tsumugi lets down her guard once she is in the shōtengai, where she encounters her only near accident, when she is almost hit by a cyclist. As it is generally protocol, if not a formal rule, for cyclists to dismount and push bicycles in a pedestrian shōtengai, the cyclist is equally at fault here, though he blames the child fully and speaks harshly to her. In urban commons, not everyone is considerate and friendly.

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Tsumugi eventually meets Kotori, who offers to pack a bag of supplies and escort the child back home. Even here, though Kotori is a close family friend and is concerned for Tsumugi’s safety, she only plans to escort her part of the way, before leaving Tsumugi to navigate the rest of her own neighborhood.

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

The scene Tsumugi creates when she struggles after being scolded draws more attention from passers-by than she received on her unaccompanied walk.

Sweetness and Lightning 甘々と稲妻

ReLIFE

(リライフ Riraifu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Episode 7

ReLife リライフ

ReLife リライフ

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ReLife リライフ

ReLife リライフ

Pedestrian footbridge (横断歩道橋 ōdan hodōkyō)

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New Game!

(ニューゲーム Nyū Gēmu)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Shinjuku Wald 9 for Episode 6.

Episode 7

New Game! ニューゲーム

Update 2016/08/19: Health Insurance Association of Tokyo Press Industry (東京都報道事業健康保険組合) in Tsukiji, Chūō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

New Game! ニューゲーム

Orange

(オレンジ Orenji)
Watch: Crunchyroll

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@megtan (post) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) made pilgrimages to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for Episode 6.

Episode 7

Orange オレンジ

Jōyama (城山) area

Orange オレンジ

Orange オレンジ

Agata no Mori Park (あがたの森公園)

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Students walk and cycle to school on the morning commute.

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Kita Nippon Shimbun (article) and Chunichi Shimbun (article) published stories about the release of the official anime tourism map for Kuromukuro locations in Toyama Prefecture.

 

Special Items

Future Season Pilgrimage

@los_endos_ made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for the Koe no Katachi manga. This is the first part of multiple planned articles, and the first butaitanbou writing from Endos since Tamako Market. Endos’ thorough, extensive and contemplative writing is unique among the buitaitanbou fan community, and should be evaluated carefully by anyone with serious interest in pop culture tourism.

@yomikatajiyu created a map of locations in Ōgaki, Gifu, Nagoya and Tokyo that appear in the Koe no Katachi manga.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@optiange made a pilgrimage to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture for Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (The Anthem of the Heart).

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Shinkai Makoto film Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second).

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Sangūbashi, Jingūbashi, Ōme Kaidō Shinjuku Ward portion, Nishi-Shinjuku (post 1, post 2), Shinjuku Station, Kōshū Kaidō, Ichigaya Station (preceding all Tokyo Metropolis); and Oyama Station in Tochigi Prefecture for Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru.