Kuromukuro クロムクロ

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

Chūnibyō Mihama seichijunrei
Fukui Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei to Higashi-Mihama Station in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture for Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!

Your Name.

(君の名は。 Kimi no Na wa.)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

The big story this week was the release of new feature film from Shinkai Makoto, Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name). As always, Shinkai’s immersive style and hyper-detailed background art is widely popular among the butaitanbou-seichijunrei community. The main setting consists of locations scattered around a triangle region between Shinjuku, Yotsuya and Roppongi. There film also includes scenes in Nagoya Station, Aichi Prefecture; Hida, Gifu Prefecture; and Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture. Casual seichijunrei fans and serious butaitanbou practitioners were out in full force following the August 26 premiere. In addition to the material below, I expect additional content to be published over the coming weeks.

@touyoko_com (post) and @yomikatajiyu (post 1, post 2) made pilgrimages to Nagoya Station and Hida, Gifu Prefecture.

@mo_om921 has been patiently gathering information and building up a series of posts based first on the PV and other promotional material, now expanding after the film premiere. She has created a Google Map with all of the Tokyo locations.

@ts_kobaya made a video pilgrimage to Shinjuku and Yotsuya.

Love Live! Sunshine!!

(ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@sterin1130 made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 9.

@lidges updated a previous pilgrimage to Numazu Mito and Awashima areas through Episode 6.

Episode 9

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Hanamaru continues the Noppo bread (のっぽパン) product placement. We also see some new interior shots of the Yasuda-ya Ryokan (安田屋旅館).

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Awashima Jinja (淡島神社)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Mito swimming beach (三津海水浴場)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Kanan’s morning run begins next to the Awashima Marine Park (あわしまマリンパーク) water taxi station on the Uchiurashigedera (内浦重寺) mainland, headed south.

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Mito-sansaro (三津三差路) intersection. The building in this shot has already been demolished as of the time of airing.

[Credit: @buzz_tawagoto, Twitter; @allora1207, Twitter]

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Passing the Numazu Sannoura Tourist Information Center (沼津三の浦観光案内所)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Bentenjima Jinja (弁天島神社)

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter]

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Ōkawa house Nagayamon (大川家長屋門)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Just south of Nagayamon and the Sannoura Tourist Information Center

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Awashima Hotel (淡島ホテル)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Numazu Nagaisaki Junior High School (沼津市立長井崎中学校)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Kano River (狩野川)

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@inoue1024 made a pilgrimage to Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 21.

Episode 21

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Tateyama Station (立山駅)

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Kuromukuro has been all about P.A.Works (ピーエーワークス) highlighting locations around predominately rural Toyama Prefecture, where the animation studio is based. The show also displays palpable glee in destroying many of those places, this week dropping a pylon on the new studio building and headquarters in Nanto (南砺).

The studio is considering filing a claim for damages with Efidorugu.

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Orange

(オレンジ Orenji)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@kbt_tigers1985 made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for Episode 7 and Episode 8.

Episode 9

Orange オレンジ

Agata no Mori Park (あがたの森公園)

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Orange オレンジ

Students walk to school on the morning commute.

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Susukigawa Ryokuchi Park (薄川緑地)

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Fast food restaurant used as third place

Orange オレンジ

New Game!

(ニューゲーム Nyū Gēmu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Hitotsubashi University in Kunitachi, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 8.

Episode 9

New Game! ニューゲーム

Taken from real life: Aoba muses that it would be nice if trains ran 24/7 in Tokyo so that employees would have more flexibility on when they return home, but Hajime dryly points out that many workers in companies that set an expectation of overtime and overwork rely on the last train as a pretext for leaving the office.

New Game! ニューゲーム

Nagomi no Yu (なごみの湯) in Kamiogi, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis

New Game! ニューゲーム

ReLIFE

(リライフ Riraifu)

Episode 9

ReLife リライフ

ReLife リライフ

Protected sidewalk

Amanchu!

(あまんちゅ!)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@minato_708 made a pilgrimage to Izu-Kōgen Station in Itō, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 7.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@los_endos_ made a pilgrimage (part 4) to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture and Kuwana, Mie Prefecture for the Koe no Katachi manga.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@ktism1228s made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2) to Asahikawa, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabu Kome wa Machigatteiru. Zoku.

@yukata52 made a pilgrimage to Toyosato Elementary School in Shiga Prefecture for K-On!