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
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.
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.
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.
Forbidden City (故宫) in Beijing, China
(ラブライブ！サンシャイン!! Rabu Raibu! Sanshain)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
@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.