New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

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

Chunichi Shimbun published an article about a fan exchange meeting in Mikuni, Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for Glasslip.

AV Watch (article), Netorabo (article) and RocketNews24-English (article) published stories about a Kimi no Na wa. pilgrimage bus tour around Tokyo offered by travel agency Willer (official site).

Sakura Quest

(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)

Episode 16

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Jōhana Station (城端駅)

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Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

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Mass media messages reinforcing the image of Tokyo as the concentration center of activity and resources have deep roots, depicted here during the post World War II Shōwa period.

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Yoshino and Ririko comb through archives of Manoyama’s history at the local library. We’re increasing accustomed to assuming information has been digitized and is available online, at least enough to obtain a sufficient overview of a given query. But for deep place-based histories of regions and small towns, often these physical materials are the only existing records.

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Cafe used as third place

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Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

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Though we were misled by her grouchy exterior and earlier statements, Chitose is more sensitive to the tension between staying in a familiar place and exploring what is beyond than she appears. In this episode, we learn of her short-circuited plans to run away to Tokyo as a young adult. She acknowledges her own indifference to that dream now, but encourages Ririko to follow her own while she has the passion to do so.

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Jōhana Station

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Train stations are entrance portals to cities and towns, and also launch points for giving departing guests a warm send-off.

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

Sakura Quest サクラクエスト

New Game!!

(ニューゲーム!! Nyū Gēmu!!)

Episode 3

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

The space is Misty Asagaya (Misty 阿佐ヶ谷) in the Asagaya Pearl Center Shōtengai, however the cuisine looks more like something that would have been offered at the now closed Asagaya branch of Tapas & Tapas ( タパス&タパス 阿佐ヶ谷店).

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

Hifumi senses Aoba’s unease with regard to her work on the new project, inviting her to lunch outside the office for the specific purpose of using a third place to discuss the matter.

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

Hitotsubashi University Library (一橋大学附属図書館) in Kunitachi (国立), Tokyo Metropolis

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

Kanematsu Auditorium (兼松講堂) is adjacent to the library

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

Library used as third place

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

New Game!! ニューゲーム!!

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Meguro Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Gamers! Episode 1 and Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Jigoku Shōjo: Yoi no Togi OP and Episode 1.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Nerima Station in Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Tsurezure Children Episode 3.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 11.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe for Tsuki ga Kirei.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Parliament Hill in London, England for Uchōten Kazoku 2.

@dotproducer made a comprehensive pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium 2.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Mount Sarakura in Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka Prefecture for Charlotte.

@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (post 4, post 5, post 6) to Musashino,; and (post 7) to Asagaya, Iogi, Shimo-igusa and Ogikubo, Suginami Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Shirobako.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to London, England for Kin’iro Mosaic and Hello!! Kin’iro Mosaic.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Yoimiya Matsuri at Fushimi Inari Taishi in Kyoto for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Santorini, Greece for Nagi no Asukara.

@mikehattsu (post 1, post 2) and @IndieDevM (post) made pilgrimages to London for Eiga K-On!