WWW.Wagnaria!! WWW.Working!!

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

Hida Kimi no Na wa. seichijunrei
Asashi Shimbun (article) and Mainichi Broadcasting System (article) published stories about seichijunrei to Hida, Gifu Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

Kimi no Na wa. review
BBC News published an article (English, Japanese) about popular reception of Kimi no Na wa. that includes a mention of people visiting real locations used in the film.

Haruhi 10th anniversary
Li-vvon published an article looking back on the Suzumiya Haruhi series in the 10th anniversary since the original broadcast of the TV adaptation, including discussion of continued seichijunrei to Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture.

Contents tourism seminar
Nakano Keizai Shimbun published an article about a contents tourism seminar to be held in Nakano, Tokyo on 2016 October 22 and 23.

WWW.Wagnaria!!

(WWW.WORKING!!)

Episode 1

WWW.Wagnaria!! WWW.Working!!

This spinoff appears to work with the exact same setting palette as the original Working!! manga and anime adaptation. We’ll be spending most of our time witnessing the hijinks inside the Wagnaria famiresu, but drawing on streets and locations in Sapporo (札幌), Hokkaidō Prefecture from time to time.

WWW.Wagnaria!! WWW.Working!!

WWW.Wagnaria!! WWW.Working!!

WWW.Wagnaria!! WWW.Working!!

Is that an E5 series (E5系) shinkansen made from a pressed block of rice? The first leg of the Hokkaidō Shinkansen opened in 2016 March, but isn’t scheduled for completion to Sapporo until 2031 March.

Kuromukuro

(クロムクロ)

Episode 26

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Shibuya scramble crossing

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Kuromukuro クロムクロ

Forbidden City (故宫) in Beijing, China

Love Live! Sunshine!!

(ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture for Episode 13.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture for multiple episodes, also capturing an itasha gathering and the large amount of Sunshine!! marketing collateral displayed on buses, water taxis and elsewhere.

Orange

(オレンジ Orenji)

Fan Pilgrimage Update

@megtan made a pilgrimage to Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture for Episode 13.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@sky_dj_ made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for the PV to Ao no Ekusoshisuto, premiering 2017 January.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Seville and Barcelona, Spain for Magic Kyun! Renaissance, premiering 2016 October.

@yoiyoi14 made a pilgrimage to Mizukami, Kumamoto Prefecture for the PV to Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go, premiering 2016 October.

Other Current Season Pilgrimage

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture for Koe no Katachi.

@gromit1446 made a pilgrimage to Komagome, Toshima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Koe no Katachi.

@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to former city of Sawara, now part of Katori, Chiba Prefecture for Kimi no Na wa.

@donko824 made a pilgrimage to Tokyo locations for Kimi no Na wa.

@Roan_Inish made a pilgrimage to Suga Jinja for Kimi no Na wa.

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to multiple locations in and outside of Japan for Rewrite.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@taiyaki0628 made a pilgrimage to Konohana Bridge in Osaka for Owarimonogatari.

@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Mashike, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru.

@fureshima made a pilgrimage to former Kakinoki Station in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture for Non Non Biyori Repeat.