Crossing Time 踏切時間

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

Anime News Network published an interview with screenwriter Okada Mari, the creator behind many popular anime series, including anime pilgrimage community favorites Anohana and Kokosake. Okada gives detailed answers across a range of topics and gives particular attention to the considerations that go into using a real location as a basis for settings. The most interesting part is that she considers location hunting both an aid to production and a constraint on creativity. Using photographs of a real place makes layouts straightforward for artists, but she also feels compelled to not deviate from realism, such as replacing a field with wild grass. She mentions anime pilgrims as one reason for this, seeming to imply that they have an expectation of a high level of fidelity and a work must generally honor this.

Hokkaidō Shimbun published an article about an organized Love Live! Sunshine!! anime pilgrimage event in Hakodate April 27-28, including a location map, special preparations by local businesses expecting heavy visitor numbers, and local volunteers who assisted the city with accommodating the estimated extra 4,000 visitors at the beginning of the Golden Week holiday.

Uma Musume Pretty Derby

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

Episode 7

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Nasu (那須), Tochigi Prefecture

[Credit: @high__k, Twitter]

Uma Musume Pretty Derby ウマ娘 プリティーダービー

Fujitaya (藤田屋)

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

Tokyo Racecourse (東京競馬場) in Fuchū (府中), 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

Shibuya scramble crossing (渋谷スクランブル交差点)

Amanchu! Advance

(あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜 Amanchu Adobansu)

Episode 5

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Shiofuki Park (汐吹公園) in Itō (伊東), Shizuoka Prefecture

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Amanchu! Advance あまんちゅ!〜あどばんす〜

Crossing Time

(踏切時間 Fumikiri Jikan)

Episode 5

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Kame No. 17 crossing (亀第17号踏切) in Kameido 8-chōme, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

[Credit: @ssslocation, Twitter]

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

The two trains that pass through during the episode are quite special. They are 8000 series cars like all Tōbu Kameido Line (東武亀戸線) services, but where almost all trains on the line use the standard blue and white livery, two-car set 8577 features throwback orange and yellow that was carried by 7300 and 7800 series trains between 1958 and 1964. (continued below)

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Two car set 8568 features throwback green and white carried experimentally by one 7860 series train in the 1950s. So good, so nerdy. I love it!

Crossing Time 踏切時間

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture for Sora Yorimo Tōi Basho.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Kyoto for Citrus.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Mount Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture for Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san.

@rica0867 made a pilgrimage to Hashima, Gifu Prefecture for Toji no Miko.

@kiritannponabe made a pilgrimage (post 2) to London, England for Princess Principal.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni.

@york21c made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium 2.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki and Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 14, post 15post 16, post 17, post 18, post 19, post 20) to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Robotics;Notes.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 8, post 9) to Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture for Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters per Second).

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 3, post 4) to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu.