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.

Media and General Interest

Yomiuri Shimbun (article) and Saga Shimbun (article) publishes stories about a Yūri!!! on ICE themed anime cafe recently opened in Karatsu, Saga Prefecture.

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Nanto, Toyama Prefecture and Yuwaku, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Episode 1 through Episode 9.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Nanto through Episode 9.

Episode 10

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Jōhana Station (城端駅)

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

Jōhana Sakura Line (城端さくら線)

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

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

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 9.

Tanuki supervisors at Shimogamo Jinja:

Episode 10

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

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

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

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

Seto-ōhashi (瀬戸大橋)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Utazu (宇多津), Kagawa Prefecture

[Credit: @lidges, Twitter]

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Along the Lake Biwa Canal (琵琶湖疎水) in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture

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

Shimogamo Jinja

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Demachi-bashi (出町橋)

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

Gion Shōtengai (祇園商店街)

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

Kikusui (菊水)

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Shijō-ōhashi (四条大橋)

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

Minami-Komatsushima Station (南小松島駅) in Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture

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

Kinchō Jinja (金長神社)

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

Tōkasaikan

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

The Eccentric Family 2 有頂天家族2

Tsuki ga Kirei

(月がきれい)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@touyoko_com made pilgrimages to Kyoto for Episode 4; and Ōmiya Station for Episode 9.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Inokashira Park in Mitaka; and Ōi Futō Chūō Kaihin Park spanning Shingawa/Ōta wards (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 9.

animate Kawagoe invites Tsuki ga Kirei watchers to visit the city during Kawagoe Matsuri:

Episode 9

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Taishō Roman Yume-dōri (大正浪漫夢通り)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Kanetsuki-dori (鐘つき通り). On the right side of the frame is the bottom half of the Bell of Time (時の鐘 Toki no Kane), one of Kawagoe’s famous landmarks.

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

The athletic stadium is one of the facilities in Ōi Futō Chūō Kaihin Park (大井ふ頭中央海浜公園), which spans Shinagawa Ward and Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis. The facilities are collectively referred to as the Sports Forest (スポーツの森).

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Keikyū Bus Chūō-kōen stop (京急バス中央公園停留所)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Ōmiya Station (大宮駅)

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

Tsuki ga Kirei 月がきれい

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 Nishiogikita, Suginami Ward; Takada, Toshima Ward; and Nishitōkyō (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 9.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage (updated gallery) to Takada for Episode 9.

Episode 9

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

Nishiogikita (西荻北), Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

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

Kanda River (神田川)

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♭

Akebono-bashi (曙橋)—the small one on the Kanda River in Takada, Toshima Ward near the Omokagebashi tram stop, not the large Gaien-higashi-dōri overpass in Shinjuku Ward

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♭

Komeda Kissaten, Hōya shop (コメダ珈琲店保谷店) in Fujimachi, Nishitōkyō, Tokyo Metropolis

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

Cafe used as third place

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♭

Kadokawa headquarters building (角川本社ビル) in Fujimi, Chiyoda Ward

Future Season Pilgrimage

@habusan made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture for the PV to the Yama no Susume Omoide no Present OVA.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@keihi49 made pilgrimages to Mizukawa, Shizuoka Prefecture for Alice to Zōroku Episode 1; Harajuku, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis and Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 7.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:CREATORS Episode 10.

@anime_pq made pilgrimages to Akihabara, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Re:CREATORS Episode 8; and Shinjuku Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 9.

@kimchi_fuji made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Frame Arms Girl Episode 11.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@Surwill compiled a Street View tour of locations in Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan o: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai (The Moment You Fall in Love).

@optiange made a multi-stop pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4) to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture; Ōgaki, Yōrō and Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture; Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium 2 and Koe no Katachi.

@mi_kawana (post) and @yomikatajiyu (post 1, post 2) made pilgrimages to Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sora no Method.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Aoshima, Miyazaki Prefecture for Hanasaku Iroha.