Love Live! Sunshine!! ラブライブ!サンシャイン!!

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

Tokyo Kimi no Na wa. seichijunrei
Mainichi Shimbun published an article about seichijunrei in Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

dmenu Eiga published an article rehashing the two week old story about Kimi no Na wa. pilgrimage disturbing a Tokyo neighborhood, then dogpiles a series of anime pilgrimage related incidents going back to Haruhi in Nishinomiya.

Ōarai Garupan seichijunrei
Find Travel published an article about seichijunrei to Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture for Girls & Panzer.

Ōgaki Koe no Katachi promotion
Gifu Shimbun published an article about existing and planned tourism promotion campaigns in Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

Numazu Love Live! collaboration
Izu Shimbun published an article about marketing collateral and audio announcements on local buses in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Love Live! Sunshine!!

Love Live! Sunshine!!

(ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@SSEBTBM883 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Episode 13.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Tokyo Station for Episode 12.

Episode 13

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Numazu (沼津), Shizuoka Prefecture

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Nagoya Station (名古屋駅)

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Nana-chan (ナナちゃん) is a very large mannequin maintained by the Meitetsu Department Store (名鉄百貨店), which gives the model a clothing change each month. Her location in front of one of the exits from Nagoya Station makes her a popular meeting point.

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Nippon Gaishi Hall (日本ガイシホール)

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ReLIFE

(リライフ Riraifu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Minamisuna and Higashisuna, Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Episode 13.

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Minamisuna Sanchōme Park (南砂三丁目公園)

All of the locations in this final episode come from Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis.

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Kasai Bridge (葛西橋)

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Arakawa-Sunamachi Waterfront Park (荒川・砂町水辺公園)

Official information page for the annual fireworks display held in this location

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Amanchu!

(あまんちゅ!)

Episode 12

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Osezaki (大瀬崎) in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture

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Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Episode 25

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(オレンジ Orenji)

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Mount Kōbō Tomb (弘法山古墳)

Matsumoto (松本), Nagano Prefecture

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New Game!

(ニューゲーム Nyū Gēmu)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Shinjuku for Episode 6 and Episode 12.

@kazupi notes multiple locations possibly influencing motifs in the Fairies Story 3 game, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, Ayutthaya ruins in Thailand, and Angkor ruins in Cambodia.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Tsukuda, Nihonbashi-Ningyōchō and Shinkawa (preceding Chūō Ward); and Sendagaya Station in Shibuya Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for the PV to 3-gatsu no Lion, premiering 2016 October.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@ts_kobaya made two video pilgrimages in Gifu Prefecture. One to Ōgaki, Yōrō and Gifu for Koe no Katachi:

The other to Hida for Kimi no Na wa.:

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to Maeda-Minami Station in Kita-akita, Akita Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@michsuzu made a pilgrimage to Suga Jinja in Tokyo for Kimi no Na wa.

@ktism1228s made a roundup of multiple anime pilgrimage locations during the 2016 summer Seishun 18 Kippu season.