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:
- Kyoto Shimbun published an article briefly summarizing the events.
- @optiange (post 1, post 2) wrote detailed impressions and included photographs from the weekend.
- @luilui10836607 published a series (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9, post 10) covering the events and his pilgrimage in Uji.
- Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6
(田中くんはいつもけだるげ Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge)
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.
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.
The pair continue their walk home together through the shopping arcade after leaving the restaurant.
Ohta and Tanaka are unexpectedly joined by their younger sisters during a subsequent stay at the McDonald’s.
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.
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
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.
Marunouchi (丸の内), Chiyoda Ward, continuation from the previous episode
(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?)
(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.