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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

Takehara Tamayura seichijunrei
Yomiuri Shimbun published stories (article 1, article 2) on seichijunrei to Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture for Tamayura. The release of Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-4-bu Asa -Ashita- on 2016 April 2 marked the completion of the animated works, from OVAs to two broadcast seasons and a four part theatrical film. Special events in Takehara to commemorate the ending included a “graduation” ceremony in the town shōtengai, in which diplomas were presented to the show’s voice actors.

Uji Eupho seichijunrei
Kyoto Shimbun published an article that cites seichijunrei for Hibike! Euphonium as one of several drivers of record visitors to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture in 2015.

Demachi Ikawa Toy closing
Kyoto Shimbun published an article about Ikawa Toy in the Demachi Masugata Shotengai in Kyoto. The toy shop run by run by Ikawa Kikuko was the model for Tokiwa-dō in Tamako Market and will close after 90 years of business.

Enoshima Tsuritama seichijunrei
Asahi Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Enoshima in Kanagawa Prefecture for Tsuritama.

Kuromukuro

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Fan Pilgrimage Update

@inoue1024 made pilgrimages to (post 1) Tateyama and Toyama City for Episode 3, and (updated post 2) to Imizu for Episode 2.

@ankou_ankou made a pilgrimage to Tateyama, Imizu and Toyama City (all Toyama Prefecture) for Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Episode 3

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Toyama City (富山市), Toyama Prefecture

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Toyama Castle (富山城)

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Kurobe Dam (黒部ダム)

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Hokuriku Shinkansen (北陸新幹線)

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Flying Witch

(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 3. Photos: (tweet 1) seichijunrei exchange notebook at Ishiba-ya sake shop, (tweet 2) handmade map at tourism office shows how to combine Flying Witch seichijunrei with cherry blossom viewing during the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Yamashita Park in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 2.

Episode 3

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Anime trope alert: City-slicker comes back to the countryside and can’t understand the local dialect. While it’s usually exaggerated for comedic effect, in this case the Tsugaru dialect (津軽弁) spoken in Aomori Prefecture is noted for being too divergent from standard Japanese for many non-speakers to understand it.

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Shinmei-gū (神明宮) in Aoyagi Shimoyuguchi (青柳下湯口), Hirosaki

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Concrete Revolutio

(コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)

Episode 16

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Sapporo (札幌), Hokkaidō Prefecture

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Prior to the opening of New Chitose Airport in 1988, the original Chitose Airport operated a shared airfield with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Chitose Air Base (千歳基地).

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Streetcars

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Concrete Revolutio コンクリート・レボルティオ~超人幻想~

Tokyo

And you thought there is never a girl online?

(ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った? Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta?)

Episode 3

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

This week’s eyecatch is the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Cairo, Egypt.

[Credit: @unimaru_, Twitter]

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

Matsudo High School (松戸市立松戸高等学校) in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture

[Credit: @animeseichi, Twitter]

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

Shin-Kashiwa Station (新柏駅)

And you thought there is never a girl online? ネトゲの嫁は女の子じゃないと思った?

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ssslocation made a pilgrimage to Asakusa Fuji Sengen Jinja in Asakusa, Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 2.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for the PV to Planetarian, a visual novel by Key that will be adapted as an OVA and theatrical film in 2016 Summer.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Shioiri, Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for Tamayura ~Sotsugyō Shashin~ Dai-4-bu Asa -Ashita-.

@ssslocation (gallery) and @rimatai (post) made pilgrimages to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for High School Fleet.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Jukkokutōge in Shizuoka Prefecture; Daikanzan in Kanagawa Prefecture; and Dōshi, Yamanashi Prefecture for Bakuon!!

Past Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Sengawa, Chōfu, Tokyo Metropolis for Haruchika ~Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru~.

@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage to Kyoto City and Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Uji, and cataloged news clippings and Keihan Railway promotional collateral for Hibike! Euphonium.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Hatsudai, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Tamako Love Story.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Nara City, Nara Prefecture for Kyōkai no Kanata.

@mikkatatsu made a pilgrimage to Sasazuka and Hatagaya, Shibuya Ward; and Eifukuchō, Suginami Ward for Hataraku Maō-sama!