The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

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.

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Inami, Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for the ED.

Episode 2

We get some useful data points from Shiori near the beginning of the episode, as Yoshino grapples with the idea of trying to sell 1,000 boxes of manjū, a traditional Japanese confection. Manoyama receives 30,000 tourism visitors each year and has a population of 50,000. They didn’t have to search far to find that number, the population of Nanto (南砺), Toyama Prefecture is 50,660 (2016 October). I looked, but wasn’t able to dig up tourism numbers for Nanto.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

The concrete arched bridge is inspired by a similar one (Google Street View) over a canal that feeds Sakuragaike (桜ヶ池), near the P.A.Works studio in Tatenohara-Higashi, Nanto.

[Credit: @tesra1141, Twitter]

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

As mentioned last week, the shopping street in the anime is not a copy of, but is believed to be a reference to the Higashimachi Shōtenkai (東町商店会) in Fukumitsu, Nanto.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

When Yoshino proposes to make a new website to promote the product, the staff at the tourism board acknowledge that their web marketing skills are limited and they would need to hire a designer.

Yoshino and Shiori meet with Sanae, a web designer who moved to Manoyama from Tokyo. They settle on a simple website, though there is no discussion of concurrent marketing through social media or other channels.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Images and copy are harvested from existing web and print material.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

When Maki pushes Yoshino for a reason why she is so desperate to get out of her contract and return to Tokyo, Yoshino fires back that, “Tokyo has everything. And you can do anything!”

In later conversation, Yoshino finds it difficult to accept Sanae’s opinion that being located in Tokyo is not the only path to finding or creating work opportunities. Yoshino reasserts that Tokyo is the economic center and must be full of opportunities, though she has only a vague idea of what they might be. Sanae offers the guidance that, with the right attitude, opportunities can be created wherever you are. I anticipate this will be one of the key themes Sakura Quest will reiterate over its run.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

The website goes live, but doesn’t generate much traffic.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Though they are ultimately unsuccessful in selling the manjū, as they tear into boxes to eat them in consolation they realize it’s actually well made. Shiori tells them that all of the ingredients are locally sourced in Manoyama. Though pure conjecture, I think this may be a hint of a future tourism promotion strategy for the city. Farm-to-fork and local specialty foodstuffs are very active areas of regional tourism promotion in Japan.

Ending Credits

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Yōkamachi-dōri (八日町通り) in Inami (井波), Nanto

The Eccentric Family 2

(有頂天家族2 Uchōten Kazoku 2)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Episode 2.

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Kyoto for Episode 1.

Anitama, a Chinese language anime news site, published a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Episode 1.

Eizan Electric Railway (press release) announced the details of its official marketing collaboration for Uchōten Kazoku 2, which include train wrappings, changing headmarks, promotional material in stations, commemorative tickets and post cards.

Opening Credits

Location identification for the OP is a work-in-progress. I’ve been able to figure out many, but not all of the long list of places that appear.

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kamo River delta (鴨川デルタ)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shimogamo Jinja (下鴨神社)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Chōhō-ji (頂法寺), commonly referred to as Rokkaku-dō (六角堂)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Backside of restaurants on short, narrow street between the Takase River and Kamo River, just south of Shijō-ōhashi (四条大橋)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kansai Denryoku Ebisu River hydropower plant (関西電力 夷川発電所)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Coffee Tsutaya (珈琲 蔦家), at the corner of Rokkaku-dōri (六角通) and Higashinotōin-dōri (東洞院通)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

North end of the Teramachi Kyōgoku Shōtengai (寺町京極商店街), at the intersection of Sanjō-dōri (三条通) and Teramachi-dōri (寺町通). The restaurant in the background is Mishima-tei (三嶋亭), which was the model for one of the Friday Fellows meetings in the first season.

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Outer wall on northern edge of the grounds of Kennin-ji (建仁寺)

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Intersection of Karasuma-dōri (烏丸通り) and Shijō-dōri (四条通り)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shijō Kawaramachi (四条河原町)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Rokkaku-dō

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kamo River delta

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Alley parallel to Hanami-kōji (花見小路), just north of Kennin-ji

[Credit: @high_k, Twitter]

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The director’s name in bonfires on the mountain is a nod to Gozan no Okuribi (五山送り火).

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shimogamo Jinja

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kyoto Tower (京都タワー)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Episode 2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Minami-za (南座)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kikusui (菊水)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Tōkasaikan (東華菜館)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Zakka shop CANDY JOY, a short distance south of the Shijō-dōri (四条通り) and Teramachi-dōri (寺町通り) intersection

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Teramachi Kyōgoku Shōtengai (寺町京極商店街)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Under the Marutamachi-bashi (丸太町橋)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

This intersection and bridge are above a portion of the Lake Biwa Canal (琵琶湖疎水) just to the southeast of Miidera Station (三井寺駅) in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture. The bridge appears to have a name, but I can’t make out the kanji from street view. This is the first location in Shiga to have appeared in the anime adaptation of Uchōten Kazoku.

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Lake Biwa Canal

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Ebisu notes that he found tobidashibōya (飛び出し坊や) that looked like this in the neighborhood.

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Kyoto Municipal Subway Tōzai Line (京都市営地下鉄東西線)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Teramachi Kyōgoku Shōtengai

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat

(冴えない彼女の育てかた♭[フラット] Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata Furatto)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 1.

Opening Credits

The OP sends mixed signals. There are trains and a station that are clearly in or inspired by those in Japan, but there are also many images that include Western-style architecture. None have been identified as of the time of writing.

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Episode 1

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Western-style mansion at the Kyu-Furukawa Gardens (旧古河庭園) in Nishigahara, Kita Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Wakōshi Station (和光市駅) in Wakō, Saitama Prefecture

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Gusto Wakōshi Ekimae shop (ガスト 和光市駅前店)

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Famiresu used as third place

The view from the window tables at this branch of Gusto doesn’t quite look like this, but it’s not entirely fiction. Platform 1-2 at Wakōshi Station is a bit further away, oriented at 45 degrees to the restaurant, and seen through a gas station parking lot.

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat 冴えない彼女の育てかた♭

Students walk to school on the morning commute.

Tsuki ga Kirei

(月がきれい)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Kawagoe Keizai Shimbun published an article introducing the explicit use of Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture as the setting of Tsuki ga Kirei.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku 3-chōme, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 2.

The animate Kawagoe shop blog published a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 1 and invites fans to visit the city.

Episode 2

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Manboo Shinjuku Yasukuni-dōri shop (マンボー 新宿靖国通り店) in Shinjuku 3-chōme, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

 

Special Items

Media and General Interest

Tōyō Keizai published an article about leading efforts by the Keihan Electric Railway and its subsidiary Eizan Electric Railway to use marketing collaborations with anime productions to engage fans, increase awareness of railway assets associated with shows, and drive passenger use.

Shizuoka Shimbun published an article about a photo contest and exhibition of photos taken of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture submitted by fans of Love Live! Sunshine!! The exhibition will be held in the city until May 7.

@DIME published an article about anime-induced tourism to Hida and Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa. and Koe no Katachi, respectively.

@626shin (post) and @kbt_tigers1985 (post) published reports from cherry blossom viewing at Nishigishi Station in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, an annual tradition among fans of Hanasaku Iroha. The station is used as a model in the setting of the anime. At the end of festivities, attendees conducted a thorough litter cleanup of the station and surrounding area. Shin also photographed blossoms and Haniro train wrappings at Noto-Kashima Station.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Adachi Ward and Iidabashi, Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Eromanga Sensei Episode 2.

@anime_pq (post) and @ssslocation (gallery) made pilgrimages to Kichijoji, Inokashira Park and Ikebukuro (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Re:CREATORS Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Frame Arms Girl OP, ED, Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tokyo locations for Kakuchō Shōjo-kei Trinary OP and Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@Nagatoyukito5 made a pilgrimage to Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture for Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon.

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Gabriel DropOut Episode 9.

@dotproducer made a pilgrimage to Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture for Kizumonogatari I Tekketsu-hen.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Kusastsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture for Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

@darkflame_esper made a pilgrimage to Kamiichi, Toyama Prefecture for Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Hamura, Tokyo Metropolis for Clannad.

@tesra1141 made a pilgrimage to Nakano, Nakano Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Dennō Coil.