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
Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu seichijunrei
Mantanweb published an article about the official pilgrimage map produced by the city tourism division of Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture.
Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture for the series.
@keyboar published a report of special events held in 2015 Fall and planned for 2015-2016 Winter and Spring in Nishinomiya related to the series. These include the official map reported by Mantanweb (above), holiday hours at Cafe Dream, a broadcast on Lantis Net Radio, charity bazaar and stamp rally.
Non-Japanese seichijunrei practitioners
Netorabo published an article about two non-Japanese individuals with knowledge of seichijunrei, one of whom gives formal tour guidance.
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Kikko teleports to Nihonbashi (日本橋), Chūō Ward, Tokyo by changing places with one of the namesake bridge’s metal ornaments.
Still Nihonbashi. The red awnings are the Mitsukoshi (三越) flagship department store.
Tokyo was once threaded with many transport waterways, as recently as the immediate post-WWII period, but many were filled in during the run up to the 1964 Olympics and converted into roads, in an effort to make the capital appear more “modern”. You can usually find them on a map by picking out the roads that seem much too curvy to have been designed by a traffic engineer.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁), loosely modeled on the actual headquarters building in use until 1980
Sapporo Clock Tower (札幌時計台)
Odori Park (大通公園)
Kikko uses a cafe as third place, in this case not as a social commons, but as a place of refuge when the environment at the bureau becomes stifling.
Streetcar bound for Ginza, with the National Diet Building (国会議事堂) in the background
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Ōizumi-gakuen Station (大泉学園駅) in Higashi-ōizumi, Nerima Ward
Iya Station (揖屋駅) in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture
Former town of Mihonoseki (美保関), now part of Matsue
(櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Nagayama Cemetery (永山墓地) in Asahikawa (旭川), Hokkaidō Prefecture
The cafe from Episode 6 appears again. This is part of the food court at Aeon Mall Asahikawa Ekimae (イオンモール旭川駅前). Though this particular property is co-located with a transit hub, Aeon is a huge shopping center developer that has a penchant for massive, big box retail with sprawling surface parking lots in suburban/exurban communities. I am not the biggest fan of Aeon.
Minami’s hiding place at a famiresu becomes her interrogation room after she is discovered.
This column focuses on urban commons, so differentiating one rural Hokkaidō vista from another is a pretty far out-of-bounds diversion. But I can’t help thinking I’ve seen this place before, in Monogatari Series Second Season. @paffue visited this noted touring vista in Kaiyo (開陽), Nakashibetsu in 2013. Here it is in Google Street View.
Shōwa era candy shop transplanted to who-knows-where
Odd shaped, fenced in urban parks make good use of irregular and otherwise unused interstitial spaces between buildings and under viaducts.
Sugaharashirokita Bridge (菅原城北大橋) in Higashiyodogawa Ward, Osaka. This has appeared before, in other Monogatari series.
(すべてがFになる Subete ga F ni Naru)
Magata Shiki escapes to Tokyo.
Moe has apparently, finally coerced Saikawa into some kind of trip together. The sequence is a non-sequitur. As there are absolutely no narrative clues as to the location, either you recognize these visuals or you don’t. I’ll leave this one to the experts and come back with an update if I hear anything.
Shibuya Center Gai (センター街)
Ashinaka High School monorail
@lidges made a memory-based pilgrimage to Iwami and Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture for just released theatrical film High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, the prequel to the Kyoto Animation broadcast series Free!
@kou1mori used (post 1) archive photos from the 2013 Shōkei no Michi bamboo lantern festival in Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture in a “retroactive” pilgrimage; and new pilgrimages to (post 2) Takehara, and (post 3) Shioiri, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for additional cuts from just released third of four planned Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ theatrical films, subtitled Dai-3-bu Me -Akogare-.
@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Hannō, Saitama Prefecture; and Lake Shirakaba and Mount Kirigamine in Nagano Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.