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

Agata Matsuri and Eupho events in Uji
Anime pilgrims converged on Uji, Kyoto Precture over the past weekend, as a series of Hibike! Euphonium events were held to coincide with the city’s Agata Matsuri (県祭 or 縣祭), parts of which were depicted in the first season of the anime series. The Keihan Electric Railway ran limited time promotional collateral in trains and collectable stickers in stations on the Uji Line. A special presentation with some of the cast was held at the Uji City Culture Center. A life-sized panel depicting Reina and Kumiko on the night of the festival was placed in the observational platform on Daikichiyama. Records of the events exist primarily as a sea of tweets, but there were a handful of write-ups from the weekend:

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

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

Episode 9

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

McDonald’s Hiroshima Hon-dōri shop (マクドナルド 広島本通店), inside the Hiroshima Hondōri Shōtengai (広島本通商店街)

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

Ohta and Tanaka make use of the fast food chain as third place, stopping here for a snack on their afternoon commute home from school.

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

The laptop seating area with power outlets suggests management sees value in targeting teleworkers and other customers looking to do more than just eat and leave.

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

The pair continue their walk home together through the shopping arcade after leaving the restaurant.

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

Ohta and Tanaka are unexpectedly joined by their younger sisters during a subsequent stay at the McDonald’s.

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

The four walk together after their meeting, looping though the Hiroshima Kinzagai Shōtengai (広島金座街商店街) before splitting up to head home.

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

South side of Mihara Station (三原駅) in Mihara (三原), Hiroshima Prefecture

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

Concrete Revolutio

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

Episode 22

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

Shibuya

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

Angled roofs replaced the original domes of Tokyo Station (東京駅), destroyed by firebombing on 1945 May 25. The domes and much of the Marunouchi section of the station were not restored to their original configuration until a five year renovation completed in 2012.

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

Marunouchi (丸の内), Chiyoda Ward, continuation from the previous episode

[Credit: @sivuchllow, Twitter]

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 Imperial Palace (皇居)

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~

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Episode 9

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Dashidaira Dam (出し平ダム) in Kurobe (黒部), Toyama Prefecture

[Credit: @ankou_anko, Twitter; @sky_dj_, Twitter]

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

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 9

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: @unimaru_ thinks this may be from a market in India.

Flying Witch

(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

Ebisu provided photos of the Taishō Roman Kissa-shitsu for use in a television broadcast about seichijunrei to Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@nijipoi_media published a pilgrimage to Hirosaki for multiple episodes.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Hirosaki for multiple episodes.

@tenohira17 made a pilgrimage to Yamashita Park in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Episode 2.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture for Sakamoto desu ga?

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Cape Inubō in Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture for Bakuon!!

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to Takeoka, Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture for Dagashi Kashi.

@aqcuaria made a pilgrimage to the Nara National Museum in Nara City, Nara Prefecture for Girls and Panzer Gekijōban.

@aoa30 made a pilgrimage to the former Uwaoka Elementary School in Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls and Panzer Gekijōban.

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Machida, Tokyo Metropolis for Date A Live.