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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

Kimi no Na wa.
Cinema Today published an interview with Shinkai Makoto, in which the creator describes the importance of the film’s landscape in driving the evolving relationship between the main characters.

Nikkei Trendy Net published an interview with Shinkai, in which the director describes differences between landscapes in in Nagano Prefecture, his childhood home, and Tokyo, and how they inform his film setting development. He continues on to explain his view that the rich settings he creates are integral to communicating information about the characters, and the narrative would be incomplete without them.

Netorabo published an article about Hida City Library permitting visitors to take photographs on premises in response to interest from anime pilgrims. The library has even setup a Kimi no Na wa. corner.

Fast Japan published an article giving a high level overview in English of locations incorporated into the film setting.

The official site for the film published a note that complaints of noise in a residential neighborhood near one of the Tokyo locations used in the setting had been received. It asks anime pilgrims to be mindful of their behavior when visiting. Netorabo (article), Oricon (article), Cinema Today (article) and J-Cast News (article) excerpted the note and added commentary, some of which was objective, some of which veered into otaku bashing, and all of which failed to capture key nuances. For instance, none differentiate between butaitanbou practitioners, who generally follow an unwritten code of conduct for not causing nuisance, and the wide range of casual seichijunrei fans. Kimi no Na wa. is widely popular and the Tokyo scenes are centrally located and easy to access, so the sheer number of as well as diversity among visitors to these locations are atypical. The negative coverage of this incident contrasts sharply with positive media regarding the generally warm reception of fans in Hida engaging in the same behaviors.

Love Live! Sunshine!!

(ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)

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Numazu Station (沼津駅)

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Seven Eleven Izu Mito Sea Paradise shop (セブン-イレブン 伊豆三津シーパラダイス前店)

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter]

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Numazu Harbor Floodgate “Byūo” (大型展望水門「びゅうお」)

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

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter]

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Izu Mito Sea Paradise (伊豆・三津シーパラダイス)

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter]

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Yō’s home is a fabrication, but the seawall and surrounding area are similar to the actual location.

[Credit: @obsidiana_verde, Twitter 1, Twitter 2]

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Orange

(オレンジ Orenji)

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Nakamachi Warehouse Museum (中町蔵の会館)

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Taiyaki Furusato (たい焼きふるさと)

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Matsumoto Parco (松本PARCO)

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Fukashi Jinja (深志神社)

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New Game!

(ニューゲーム Nyū Gēmu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Asagaya and Kamiogi, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 9 and Episode 10.

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Makuhari Messe (幕張メッセ) in Mihama Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture

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Hanzawa Bridge (榛沢橋) in Mitaka (三鷹)

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Ōme-kaidō (青梅街道) in Asagaya Minami (阿佐谷南), Suginami Ward

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Chūō-Sōbu Line (中央・総武緩行線)

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Ikuno Station (生野駅) in Engaru (遠軽), Hokkaidō Prefecture

[Credit: @oroshipon3, Twitter]

Amanchu!

(あまんちゅ!)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture for Episode 10; and updated a previous pilgrimage to Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture for Episode 7.

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Aeon Mall Okazaki (イオンモール岡崎) in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture

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ReLIFE

(リライフ Riraifu)

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Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ankou_anko made a pilgrimage to Tateyama and Nanto, Toyama Prefecture for Episode 21.

Planetarian

(planetarian ~ちいさなほしのゆめ~ Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@ago_star made a pilgrimage to the Akashi Municipal Planetarium in Hyōgo Prefecture and Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Kyoto and Uji for the first and second PV to Hibike! Euphonium 2.

@rinebarrels made a pilgrimage to Kyoto and Uji for the second PV to Hibike! Euphonium 2.

@los_endos_ made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for the Koe no Katachi manga part 6.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture for the Koe no Katachi manga part 3.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage to Yotsuya Sanchōme, Suwachō and Shinanomachi; and Yotsuya Station and Roppongi for Kimi no Na wa.

@optiange (post 1, post 2) and @etesuke (post) made pilgrimages to multiple Tokyo locations for Kimi no Na wa.

@donko824 (post) and @lilysis08mai (post) made pilgrimages to Hida, Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@rimatai made a pilgrimage to Shinagawa Station for Shokugeki no Sōma.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture for Flying Witch.

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Haneda Airport for Non Non Biyori.

@anime_pq made a pilgrimage to Hirayu Onsen in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture for Hyōka.