Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

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.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

(小林さんちのメイドラゴン Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon)

Episode 10

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

The shōtengai has been decorated for Christmas.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

On a brief visit for groceries, Tōru quickly notices that the butcher she frequently buys from has injured his leg. Frequent encounters during time spent as part of the community has changed the way she interacts with humans. Her aloofness has given way to awareness and concern for others.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Tōru accepts a request to take the butcher’s place in organizing a Christmas performance for a local retirement home.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Higashi-Koshigaya Peony Park (東越谷ボタン公園)

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 小林さんちのメイドラゴン

March comes in like a lion

(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Roan_Inish made pilgrimages to Kyoto and Sendagaya, Shibuya Ward for Episode 19, Episode 20 and Episode 22.

Episode 22

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), Shibuya Ward

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

The long ending sequence pairs Kiriyama’s summary of his long journey up to this point with imagery of Japan’s once prevalent long-distance express sleeper trains, referred to as Blue Trains (ブルートレイン) for the color of the cars. The combined Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto are the only overnight express trains still operating, though neither uses the blue cars.

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

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

AbemaTimes published an article about Saga Prefecture’s collaboration on video games and anime development over the past 20 years, including recent series Osomatsu-san and Yūri!!! on ICE.

J-Town Net published an article about pop culture tourism to Washinomiya in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Lucky Star. Matsumoto Shinji from the Kuki Commerce and Industry Association indicates that, despite recent closing of the Ōtori teahouse, a popular location from the work and meeting place for visitors, fan interest and engagement remains strong.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to to Mishima, Numazu and Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Kusu, Ōita Prefecture for the PV to the third Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours single “HAPPY PARTY TRAIN”.

@taiyaki0628 (post) and @tenohira17 (post) made pilgrimages to Kusu, Ōita Prefecture for the PV to the third Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours single “HAPPY PARTY TRAIN”.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Sakaide, Kagawa Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru -Washio Sumi no Shō- Dai 1-shō “Tomodachi”, the first of a three-part theatrical release.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to (updated post) Tama and (post 2) Tokyo inner wards locations for Kuzu no Honkai Episode 10. The new post includes other Tokyo inner wards locations from earlier episodes, now split off into a separate post from those in Tama.

@tenohira17 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for multiple episodes of Demi-chan wa Kataritai.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Inamuragasaki, Kamakura for Demi-chan wa Kataritai Episode 11.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations along the Miura Peninsula, between Yokosuka Station and Misaki Port, Miura (all Kanagawa Prefecture) for Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu.

@Surwill published a two-part article combining a Street View tour of locations in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Gabriel DropOut; and a combined Street View tour and on-location pilgrimage to Tokyo locations and Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Fūka.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@dotproducer made a pilgrimage to Tokyo locations for Osomatsu-san.

@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage to Tōyako, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@kai881 made a pilgrimage to Minamibōsō, Chiba Prefecture for Non Non Biyori (Season 1 and 2).

@dotproducer made a comprehensive pilgrimage to multiple locations across Japan for Nisemonogatari.