One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

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.

Media and General Interest

Yamakan background art and seichijunrei lecture
@yusa_yusaani published an article about a lecture given by director Yamamoto Yutaka (山本 寛) at the Ritsumeikan University College of Image Arts and Sciences (立命館大学映像学部) that explored the phenomenon of location use in anime background art and potential effects for the communities featured.

One Week Friends

(一週間フレンズ。 Isshūkan Furenzu.)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage (post 1 and 2) to Tama, Tokyo Metropolis for the ED, Episode 2 and Episode 6.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Hino for Episode 3 and Episode 4.

@626shin made a pilgrimage to Hino, Tama and Fuchū for the ED, Episode 2/3, Episode 4 and Episode 5.

Episode 6

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

This week, the growing circle of Kaori’s friends spend most of the time in her home neighborhood, where the background art draws on the area heading up the slope from Seiseki-Sakuragaoka Station (聖蹟桜ヶ丘駅) in Tama (多摩市), Tokyo Metropolis.

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Prominent use of Keiō logo on a public bus

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

Iroha Sakasakura Park (いろは坂桜公園)

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

One Week Friends 一週間フレンズ。

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

(僕らはみんな河合荘 Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sō)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@allora1207 made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for Episode 4.

Episode 6

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Gifu City (岐阜市), Gifu Prefecture

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Nagara Bridge (長良橋)

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

A kōban (交番) is a local neighborhood police station, usually little more than a small box where you can go to report crimes or ask for help, though asking for maps/directions and rummaging through the lost-and-found seem to be the most frequently used services. The officers stationed at kōban are ambassadors between the force and the people in their coverage area, and generally know the neighborhood inside and out.

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Elementary school students walk through the city on their commute home, without adult supervision.

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 僕らはみんな河合荘

Mekakucity Actors

(メカクシティアクターズ Mekakushiti Akutāzu)

Episode 5

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

While we still appear to be playing with bits of Tokyo’s Odaiba (お台場) and possibly Kōtō Ward (江東区), the background art has become more and more abstract, particularly the visit to the graveyard near the end. The relative lack of activity from the pilgrimage activity seems to suggest it would be best to just sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Trees and shrubs separating the sidewalks from the street create enclosure.

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

More enclosure

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Mekakucity Actors メカクシティアクターズ

Love Live! School Idol Project

(ラブライブ! School idol project Rabu Raibu! Sukūru aidoru purojekuto)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@paffue posted archive photography of Okinawa locations that appear in Season 2 Episode 5.

Episode 6 (Season 2)

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Akihabara UDX

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線)

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

The concert on Chūō-dōri in Akihabara is a special event, but this street is also closed off to vehicle traffic every Sunday afternoon in a practice known as hokōsha tengoku (歩行者天国), lit. “pedestrian paradise”.

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Love Live! School Idol Project ラブライブ! School idol project

Brynhildr in the Darkness

(極黒のブリュンヒルデ Gokukoku no Buryunhirude)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan in Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis.

Other Pilgrimage

@ye_bi_su made a Kyoto pilgrimage to sites along the Kamo River and Lake Biwa canal for the Tamako Love Story film trailer.

@gonta0822 made a pilgrimage to Gero, an onsen town in Gifu Prefecture, for Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku and Shibuya, Tokyo for selector infected WIXOSS.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Nakano, Shibuya and Shinjuku for selector infected WIXOSS.

@Minky_j (post), @sky_dj_ (post) and the blog 犬の会 (post) made pilgrimages to Shizuoka Sengen Jinja in Aoi Ward, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture for Mahō Shōjo Taisen.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Yokohama for Kiniro no Koruda Blue Sky.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku, Tokyo for Kenzen Robo Daimidarā.

@lidges (post 1 and 2) and @yusa_yusaani (post) made pilgrimages to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture for Wake Up, Girls!

@lidges also made an extensive pilgrimage to Kesennuma for Wake Up, Girls! as part of the same trip.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Kōriyama, Fukushima Prefecture for Mikakunin de Shinkōkei.

@ssslocation has a complete season of pilgrimages to Tachikawa, Tokyo Metropolis for Sekai Seifuku: Bōryaku no Zvezda.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Nagatachō, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo for Samurai Flamenco.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shibuya, Tokyo for Nisekoi.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture for Ore no Nōnai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Rabu Kome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tamayura: More Aggressive.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to the Tenjinbashisuji Shōtengai in Osaka for Watashi ga Motenai no wa dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture for Aiura.

@paffue made a pilgrimage to Naha, Okinawa Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@ssslocation has a complete season of pilgrimages to multiple Tokyo locations for Joshiraku.

@watchmono made a pilgrimage to Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture for Kamichu!