Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

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

Hirosaki Flying Witch seichijunrei
Hirosaki Keizai Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

Daigo Garupan seichijunrei
Asahi Shimbun published an article about about seichijunrei to the former Uwaoka Elementary School in Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls & Panzer. The article does not mention the recent ban on cosplay at the site, a point of friction between anime fans and management of the preserved school building.

Ōarai Garupan seichijunrei
Ure Pia Sōken published the second part of an article about seichijunrei to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls & Panzer.

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@inoue1024 used Google Street View to track down several of the locations in Episode 6, all of which are near or adjacent to the airport terminal or airfield.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Episode 6

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

P.A. Works founder and president Horikawa Kenji seems to be just getting warmed up with actualization of his fantasy to have giant robots attack Toyama City, near the animation studio headquarters. This week’s target is the Toyama Airport (富山空港). The local pet name for the regional terminal is Toyama Kitokito Kūkō (富山きときと空港), which someone in the military command center has time to point out in the midst of the tense confrontation. Nod, nod, wink, wink.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

The glee in destroying the airport is palpable.

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Mission accomplished.

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 (updated gallery) made a pilgrimage to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei for Episode 3; and Pierre Herme Paris boutique in Aoyama, Shibuya Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Episode 4.

Episode 6

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Shiraishi walks with Tanaka over the Motoyasu Bridge (元安橋). This location is adjacent to the west end of the Hiroshima Hon-dōri Shōtengai, which appeared in an earlier episode and in the credits. But it’s also just a few moments away by foot from the Aioi Bridge (相生橋), the intended target for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II, and the Atomic Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム), now Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The east end of the Motoyasu Bridge is also only 100 meters from the atomic bomb hypocenter, the actual location above which it detonated.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 田中くんはいつもけだるげ

Flying Witch

(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)

Episode 6

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Update 2015/05/25: Lawson Hirosaki Yuguchi shop (ローソン弘前湯口店)

[Credit: @ye_bi_su, post]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Update 2015/05/25: Slope near Tochinai Bridge (とちない橋)

[Credit: @ye_bi_su, post]

Flying Witch ふらいんぐうぃっち

Concrete Revolutio

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

Episode 19

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

0 series (0系) Shinkansen passes Mount Fuji (富士山).

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

Modern Shinjuku begins to take shape.

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~

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 6

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?

Ako and Nishimura walk home from school on the evening commute.

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?

Suggested location for this week’s eyecatch is Kirishima-Jingū (霧島神宮) in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture.

[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?

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?

Nishimura brings Ako to a neighborhood park in an attempt to ask her to date him.

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?

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?

The other members of the net gaming guild meet Nishimura at their physical world third place for debriefing after his debacle.

The Lost Village

(迷家-マヨイガ- Mayoiga)

Episode 7

The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

An abandoned train station is the first potential hint as to whether fictional Nanaki Village has a real world model, but there doesn’t seem to be much interest from the butaitanbou community at this point. Is anyone still watching this awful show? (^^)

The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

The Lost Village 迷家-マヨイガ-

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Midori Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture for Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture for High School Fleet.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium.

@rinebarrels made a pilgrimage to Fukuyama and Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture for Sōkyū no Fafunā.

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture for Amagami SS.

@cairn_07 made a pilgrimage to Yoshino, Nara Prefecture for Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to the former town of Kobuchisawa, now part of Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture for the manga and anime adaptation of Asatte no Hōkō.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Kichijōji Station in Musashino; Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku Ward; and Seijō, Setagaya Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Studio Ghibli film Umi ga Kikoeru.