Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

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 published an article about disappointing tourism sites—places that fail to meet the expectations of visitors. It mentions anime pilgrimage to Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.—in which tourists describe the real locations being not as beautiful as they are drawn in the film.

Yuru Camp and Fuji-Q Highland issued a press release with full details of their planned marketing collaboration. Promotional activities will include camping at PICA Fuji Saiko, stamp rally, live talk show, commemorative train tickets, clear file with original illustration and other goods, and—best of all—grilled marshmallows. Media coverage: Netorabo

@naruKG95 published a report of topics covered at the Yoshino Anime Seichijunrei Fest, which featured lectures on anime tourism and regional promotion by academic researchers and industry professionals in Yoshino, Nara prefecture on 2018 March 25.

P.A.Works will hold an event with Sakura Quest cast, director and studio president Horikawa Kenji at Sakuragaike in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture on 2018 May 20, including cherry tree planting intended to make the location resemble how it was depicted in the series.

April 12 was the 10th anniversary of the first Butaitanbou Community summit, which brought together anime pilgrims and scene hunters from across Japan:

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

(ウマ娘 プリティーダービー Uma Musume Puritī Dābī)

Episode 4

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

I’m not completely certain, but think this is the Sekido Bridge (関戸橋) on the Tama River between Fuchū and Tama, Tokyo Metropolis.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Amanchu! Advance

(あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)

Episode 2

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Nagisa Park (なぎさ公園) in Itō (伊東), Shizuoka Prefecture

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Itō Station (伊東駅)

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Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Chūō Shōtengai (中央商店街)

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Itō Orange Beach (伊東オレンジビーチ)

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Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Ideyu Bridge (いでゆ橋)

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Hachiman Jinja (八幡神社)

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Itō Orange Beach

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Crossing Time

(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to the Ikebukuro No. 2 crossing in Nishi-Ikebukuro for Episode 1.

Episode 2

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Tōjō No. 23 crossing (東上本線第23号踏切) in Itabashi Ward

[Credit: @ssslocation, post]

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Tōbu Tōjō Line (東武東上線)

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Chōfu, Tokyo Metropolis for Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro Station for Hinamatsuri Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward and Musashino (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Hinamatsuri Episode 2.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Comic Girls Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku Ward; Nishikata and Hongō, Bunkyō Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Comic Girls OP and Episode 2.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Obihiro, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 2.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 2.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@offtama previously published pilgrimages to campgrounds and locations in Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures for Yuru Camp, and has divided them up into separate articles for easier reading: Komagane, Yamanashi City, Motosu Lake, Asagiri Kōgen, Nanbu/Minobu.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Nagano Prefecture for Yuru Camp Episode 4 and Episode 5.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Enoshima, Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Toji no Miko.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to the former Kachinomiya mansion in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Tsuki ga Kirei Episode 8 and Episode 11.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Ōizumimachi, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for HoneyWorks film Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo: Kokuhaku Jikkō Iinkai.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3) to Higashi-ōizumi, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Naha Airport in Okinawa for Monogatari Series Second Season.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture for Haikyū!!

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Robotics;Notes.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tari Tari.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for K-On!

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Shichigahama and Tagajō, Miyagi Prefecture for Kannagi.

@tsumuri_f5 made a pilgrimage to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura.

@11922911Rinngo made a pilgrimage to Kameishiro in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Clannad After Story.