Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

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 sacred site pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting)—on this website referred to collectively as anime pilgrimage—which are forms of place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.

Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@etesuke was the first out of the gate with an Episode 1 pilgrimage to Iwami, Tottori Prefecture.

Episode 1

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

I’ve been very impressed by the thought and detail that goes into settings for Kyoto Animation productions, so although I’m not yet sure what kind of show this will turn out to be, I’ve got high hopes for another rich analysis. An early pilgrimage for the PV by @kbt_tigers1985 showed hints of the location as Iwami (岩美), Tottori Prefecture, which becomes Iwatobi (岩鳶) in the show. Along with Tamayura, Silver Spoon and Uchōten Kazoku (all of which I hope we’ll get for international simulcast), as well as Servant x Service (on Crunchyroll), this summer season is shaping up to have some great non-Kanto area locations.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club 岩鳶高校水泳部

A Certain Scientific Railgun S

(とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン) Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Tachikawa for Episode 11.

Episode 12

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

More of the elevated monorail infrastructure in Tachikawa (立川).

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

The real Misaka uses the city tour bus to travel under the radar.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

Tachikawa’s dizzying array of pedestrian infrastructure

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

Tama Toshi Monorail Line (多摩都市モノレール線)

A Certain Scientific Railgun S とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン)

Silver Spoon

(銀の匙 Gin no Saji)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made an earlier pilgrimage to Obihiro, Tokachi Subprefecture, Hokkaidō for the PV, and repackaged in a new post the locations that appeared in Episode 1.

@paffue (post) did the same, but took things a step further with some photo captures of landmarks that appeared in the manga source material.

@lidges wondered aloud if they might actually need to rent a car in order to explore the show settings in Obihiro. It’s relatively rare that an anime pilgrimage would require one, which says a lot about how ubiquitous transit is in Japan.

Tamayura: More Aggressive

(たまゆら〜もあぐれっしぶ〜 )

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@626shin made a visit to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for the OP and Episode 1.

Servant x Service

(サーバント×サービス)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@Beetle787 made a pilgrimage to Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo (ward office facade) and Suginami Ward, Tokyo (government office interior and shots of city from the roof) for the PV and OP.

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

(はたらく魔王さま! Hataraku Maō-sama!)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Sasazuka, Hatagaya, Hatsudai and Akasaka-mitsuke for Episode 11, Episode 12 and Episode 13.

@butaiwalker made a pilgrimage for Episode 13.

Oreimo

(俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない。 Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Chiba and Yokohama for Episode 13.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Yokohama for the same, and a pilgrimage to Chiba for Episode 7 and 8.

Other Pilgrimage

@kbt_tigers1985 revisited Shinjuku Gyoen to get more shots from Kotonoha no Niwa.

@hiroina_7916ltd made a pilgrimage to Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture for Chihayafuru 2.

@MatsuYan made a pilgrimage to Nishi-Kamakura Station for Aoi Hana.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for the film BLOOD-C: The Last Dark.