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
Kuromukuro Toyama locations
Toyama Keizai Shimbun published an article about production of Kuromukuro, including its extensive use of Toyama Prefecture locations.
Kashima Rinkai Railway Garupan boost
Netorabo published an article reporting the Kashima Rinkai Railway in Ibaraki Prefecture for the first time recorded budget surpluses in two consecutive quarters, attributable to the influx of tourism to Ōarai for anime series and film Girls & Panzer.
Karumai Haikyū!! seichijunrei
Asahi Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Karumai, Iwate Prefecture for Haikyū!!
Kennosuke and Yukina hike to Mount Harinoki ( 針ノ木岳), which straddles Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture and Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture. @habusan (Twitter 1, Twitter 2, Twitter 3) and @tesra1141 (Twitter) were able to pinpoint the location through image search and satellite maps.
Among the butaitanbou community and general seichijunrei practitioners, there are quite a few avid mountain climbers. Some have been at it for a long time, and many new enthusiasts were born out of hiking pilgrimages for Yama no Susume—the 2013 and 2014 animated series, and ongoing manga source material. Subsequent to the 2016 Butaitanbou Summit this fall in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, @musagoso will lead an optional tour through nearby Hannō locations and a hike of Tenranzan for Yama no Susume pilgrims.
(コンクリート・レボルティオ～超人幻想～ Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
In this final episode, something close to contemporary Tokyo appears for the first and only time in the series.
Shinjuku Station (新宿駅)
Dōshi village (道志村), Yamanashi Prefecture
(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?)
This week’s eyecatch: Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna
(ふらいんぐうぃっち Furaingu Uitchi)