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
Toyosato K-On! seichijunrei
Asahi Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture for K-On! So many fans wanted to see the roof of the elementary school, which appeared in the K-On! theatrical film, that it was added to the official tour run by local volunteers.
Fan Pilgrimage Update
After a slow few weeks, Charlotte is moving to new places again. Grieving Otosaka begins a departure from Tokyo on the Yamanote Line (山手線).
Otosaka spends several days camped at an internet cafe and arcade in the commercial district surrounding Toride Station (取手駅) in Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture.
After Otosaka picks a fight at the arcade, we inexplicably jump back to central Tokyo, somewhere along the old, arched brick rail viaduct between Kanda Station and Shimbashi Station. Actually, if it wasn’t clear already, Charlotte‘s setting is a composite of many real places. It does not preserve the spatial relationships between them, though the the trip out to Ibaraki by rail is certainly plausible.
(アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ Aidorumasutā Shinderera Gāruzu)
Shibuya Station, Hachikō (ハチ公) meeting area
Shibuya Kōen-dōri (渋谷公園通り)
Two idol units are on location to film promotional segements at a preserved Edo period shopping district.
Update 2015/08/18: A reader let us know that we’re seeing Shibamata (柴又) in Katsushika Ward, Tokyo. In addition to being a tourism draw, the location was used as the set for the film Otoko wa Tsuraiyo and subsequent TV series. Thanks Linda!
(デュラララ!!×2 転 Durarara!!x2 Ten)
Ikebukuro (池袋), Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis
Nisshutsu Yūryō Shotenkai (日出優良商店会), a small neighborhood shopping street near the Higashi-Ikebukuro-yonchōme tram stop (東池袋四丁目停留所)
The Toden Arakawa Line (都電荒川線) passes through the grade level crossing that divides the shōtengai in half.
(ガッチャマン クラウズ インサイト Gatchaman Kurauzu Insaito)
Tachikawa Station (立川駅)
Chūō Line (Rapid) (中央線快速)
Tachikawa-Kita Station (立川北駅)