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.
Fan Pilgrimage Update
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.
The glee in destroying the airport is palpable.
(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.
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.
(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)
Update 2015/05/25: Lawson Hirosaki Yuguchi shop (ローソン弘前湯口店)
Update 2015/05/25: Slope near Tochinai Bridge (とちない橋)
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Modern Shinjuku begins to take shape.
(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?)
Ako and Nishimura walk home from school on the evening commute.
Suggested location for this week’s eyecatch is Kirishima-Jingū (霧島神宮) in Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Nishimura brings Ako to a neighborhood park in an attempt to ask her to date him.
The other members of the net gaming guild meet Nishimura at their physical world third place for debriefing after his debacle.
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? (^^)