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.
(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Large parts of this week’s episode depict the Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri (弘前さくらまつり), the annual cherry blossom viewing festival held at Hirosaki Park (弘前公園) in Hirosaki (弘前), Aomori Prefecture. The very first batch of cherry trees were transplanted from Kyoto and planted on this site in 1715. A precursor event to the contemporary festival was first held in 1918, and the display is now considered one of the best in Japan. Though most of Japan has already been visited by the sakura wave over the past two months, because Aomori is quite far north, its blossoms peak around the end of April and early May. This year’s festival coincided roughly with the broadcast of this episode, providing an opportunity for event specific pop culture tourism.
Hirosaki Castle (弘前城)
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)
Shinjuku Central Park (新宿中央公園)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Toyama Castle (富山城)
Context would suggest this is part of Tateyama (立山), Toyama Prefecture, however no one has yet confirmed these locations.
No building matching the “Tateyama Mall” appears to exist.
(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?)
Nishimura and Ako walk home together on the evening commute from school.
Any guesses for this week’s eyecatch?
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
Past Season Pilgrimage
Last week I published a detailed article about my 2015 Fall pilgrimage to Uji for Hibike! Euphonium. Though I catalog and link to seichujunrei and butaitanbou articles by others every week, one helpful and somewhat unique feature of my own post is that it’s all in English. (^^)