SHIROBAKO シロバコ

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

Kashihara Kintetsu Kyōkai collaboration
The city of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture and the Kintetsu Railroad are preparing for the premieres of the Kyōkai no Kanata theatrical films in 2015 March and April with commemorative tickets and character panels.

Shirobako

(シロバコ)

Episode 22

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A solitary yatai (屋台) sits in an alley

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Daisuke and Tarō bond after work at a ramen shop

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Skippu-dōri Shotengai (すきっぷ通り商店街) in Musashi-Sakai, Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis

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Ok, maybe too much bonding.

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Durarara!! X2

(デュラララ!!×2 承 Durarara!!x2 Shou)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage to Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 8 and Episode 9 (additional brief scene in Ueno Station).

Episode 10

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Ikebukuro Station (池袋駅), Tokyo Metro entrance

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Parfait Terrace Milky Way (パフェテラスミルキーウェイ), sometimes called Milky Way Cafe in English

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Sunshine 60 (サンシャイン60)

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Durarara!! X2 デュラララ!!×2 承

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend-

(冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた Saenai Hiroin no Sodatekata)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Ariake, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 8 and Episode 9.

@ngwrb made a pilgrimage to Takada, Toshima Ward; Nishigahara, Kita Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis); and Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 7.

@SSEBTBM883 made pilgrimages to (post 1) Takada; Takatobashi, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku Ward; Omokagebashi tram stop in Nishi-waseda, Shinjuku Ward; and Tokyo Animation College in Shimoochiai, Shinjuku Ward for Episode 1 through Episode 7; (post 2) Nishitōkyō (preceding all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 2 and Episode 3; and (post 3) Wakō for Episode 5 through Episode 7.

@lidges made pilgrimages to (post 1) Takada, Takatobashi and Omokagebashi tram stop for Episode 1 through Episode 3 and Episode 7; and (post 2) Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 5 through Episode 7.

@626shin made pilgrimages to the Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma in Iruma, and Wakō (both Saitama Prefecture) for Episode 5 and Episode 6.

Episode 9

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Fujimizaka (富士見坂) in Takada

Saekano -How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend- 冴えない彼女(ヒロイン)の育てかた

Your lie in April

(四月は君の嘘 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made pilgrimages to Futaba, Shinagawa Ward; Kōenji-minami, Suginami Ward; the Yomise-dōri Shōtenkai in Sendagi, Bunkyō Ward; and Higashi-ōizumi, Nerima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 20; and to Hikarigaoka, Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; and Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture for Episode 21.

Episode 21

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Kawaguchi Cultural Center (川口総合文化センター), popularly known as Lilia ( リリア), viewed from Kawaguchi Station (川口駅) west entrance

Your lie in April 四月は君の嘘

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-

(少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-)

Episode 23

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Shōtengai

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Shonen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50- 少年ハリウッド -HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-

Other Pilgrimage

@keyboar made a pilgrimage to Nishinomiya and Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture for a CM of Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu, premiering 2015 April.

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Sōka, Saitama Prefecture for the PV to Rēkan!, premiering 2015 April.

@kou1mori made a pilgrimage to to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for the PV to the first of four Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ films.

@lidges made a pilgrimage to Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture for OVA YuruYuri Nachuyachumi!

@seki_saima published a Nara City, Nara Prefecture butaitanbou map in addition to his existing Kashihara map for Kyōkai no Kanata. High resolution version here: http://f.st-hatena.com/images/fotolife/k/kbas/20150311/20150311193104_original.jpg

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Nakatane, Kagoshima Prefecture for the Shinkai Makoto film Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru (5 Centimeters Per Second).