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Welcome to this week’s review of notable instances of public transit use and urban design, as well as discussion of place identity and culture, through anime currently broadcast or screening in Japan and simulcast internationally via the web. This review also documents seichijunrei (聖地巡礼 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.

Sound! Euphonium 2

(響け!ユーフォニアム2 Hibike! Yūfoniamu 2)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Episode 10.

@ewi made a pilgrimage (updated post, new post) to Uji through Episode 10.

Episode 10

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Mimurodo Station (三室戸駅)

This week, both Eupho and 3-gatsu no Lion feature many detailed shots of railway assets. In Eupho especially, the inclusion of tight shots on small details in the stations and trains, and use of on-site ambient recordings, make these spaces feel just as alive as the rest of the settings.

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Todō Senior High School (莵道高校)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Seven Eleven Uji Ōbaku Park shop (セブンイレブン宇治黄檗公園店)

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Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Prefectural Uji Park intersection (府立宇治公園前交差点)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Uji Bridge (宇治橋)

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Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Keihan Uji Station (京阪宇治駅)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Keihan Uji Line (京阪宇治線)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Prefectural Uji Park intersection

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Kisen Bridge (喜撰橋)

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Uji Bridge

Sound! Euphonium 2 響け!ユーフォニアム2

Todō Senior High School

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 8.

Episode 9

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Rei once again travels his commute along the sotobori (外堀) to Sendagaya. Each time he makes this trip, the art uses a different color palette or emphasizes different details that mirror his state of mind.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sparks and grinding sounds in a tight shot of the pantograph reflect the tension in Rei’s thoughts.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Sendagaya Station (千駄ケ谷駅)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Hatanomori Hachiman Jinja (鳩森八幡神社)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Japan Shōgi Association (日本将棋連盟) in Sendagaya (千駄ヶ谷)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居)

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Asakusa (浅草) side of Sumida Park (隅田公園), along the Sumida River

One shot of this embankment was slipped into Episode 8, though sandwiched between shots of Rei and Nikaidō walking through Tsukishima, and then over the Chūō Bridge, which wouldn’t be possible if the setting maintained real world spatial relationships. In general, 3-gatsu no Lion accurately reflects these relationships, so that almost seems like it was a mix-up.

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

March comes in like a lion 3月のライオン

Yuri!!! On ICE

(ユーリ!!! on ICE Yūri on Aisu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Nishi Nippon Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism to Karatsu, Saga Prefecture for Yūri!!! on ICE.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour (and a few firsthand captures) of locations in Japan, Europe and the United States through Episode 10.

Episode 10

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Barcelona, Spain

Left: Barcelona Princess Hotel

Right: Diagonal ZeroZero

All of the locations this week were identified by Vienna-based @Surwill, who began writing about anime settings this year in a weekly column for Crunchyroll. If you’re interested in seichijunrei-butaitanbou, particularly in the occasional Europe based settings, you definitely should be following him.

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Foreground: Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

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Phichit poses in front of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família one of several architectural works by Antoni Gaudí featured in this episode. Gaudí is synonymous with Catalan Modernism and most of his works were built in Barcelona. Still unfinished Sagrada Família is considered his masterwork and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Barcelona Princess Hotel

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Sagrada Família

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Foreground: Observation tower atop the Arenas de Barcelona

Near background: Plaza de España and Venetian Towers

Far background: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

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Passeig de Gràcia is a high-end shopping district and major avenue in Barcelona, and the location of several noted architectural works.

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Casa Batlló, designed by Gaudí and an UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Otabek and Yuri Plisetsky escape to Park Güell, orginally designed by Gaudí as a high-end housing development but converted to a municipal park. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mosaic salamander is popularly known as “el drac” (the dragon).

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Sala Hipóstila

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Back on Passeig de Gràcia, this is Casa Milà, also Gaudí, also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was the architect’s last civil work.

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Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas Market

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Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Barcelona Cathedral)

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Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

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Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

Yuri!!! On ICE ユーリ!!! on ICE

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Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona

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Poco’s Udon World

(うどんの国の金色毛鞠 Udon no Kuni no Kin’iro Kemari)

Episode 10

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Takamatsu (高松), Kagawa Prefecture

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Poco's Udon World うどんの国の金色毛鞠

Flip Flappers

(フリップフラッパーズ Furippu Furappāzu)

Episode 10

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

A mirrored image of Prefectural Route 202 (国道202号線), just south of Nagasaki Station in Nagasaki (長崎)

[Credit: @teo_imperial, Twitter]

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Flip Flappers フリップフラッパーズ

Bread from Romio bakery, a small business in Kōriyama (郡山), Fukushima Prefecture. Flip Flappers director Oshiyama Kiyotaka is from neighboring Motomiya, which was featured along with Kōriyama in the setting of Episode 7.

WWW.WAGNARIA!!

(WWW.WORKING!!)

Episode 11

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

WWW.WAGNARIA!! WWW.WORKING!!

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Chunichi Shimbun published an article about pop culture tourism by inbound visitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mainland China and other countries to Hida, Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

Daily Shincho published an article about marketing budget proposals by the Hida city government, including 15 million yen for advertising on regional high-speed buses, to extend interest in Kimi no Na wa. induced tourism. The winter is anticipated to depress visitor numbers, while at the same time the premiere of the film overseas is expected to drive more non-Japanese visitors to the city.

Nikkan Gendai published an article about anticipated challenges of the Kadokawa Anime Tourism 88-Stop Pilgrimage campaign.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Aomi, Kōtō Ward; and Shibuya, Shibuya Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE Legend Star.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Ukyō Ward, Kyoto City for Keijo!!!!!!!!

@fureshima (post) and @ssslocation (updated gallery) made pilgrimages to Kichijōji, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Stella no Mahō.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Daikanyama, Kioi, Akasaka and Takadanobaba (all Tokyo inner wards) for Girlish Number.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@lilysis08mai made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage (new post, updated post) to Mito, Hitachinaka and Omitama, Ibaraki Prefecture for Momokuri.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of Fukue-jima, Gotō, Nagasaki Prefecture for Barakamon.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4) to Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture and (post) to Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Rokodoru Yattemita.

@mikehattsu made a climbing pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Mount Takao in Hachiōji, Tokyo Metropolis for Yama no Susume.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Ebisu, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Uta no Prince-sama Maji LOVE 1000%.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Washinomiya Jinja in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Lucky Star.