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 holy land pilgrimage) and butaitanbou (舞台探訪 scene hunting), which are pop culture tourism and place-based engagement induced by the use of real locations in show settings.
(小林さんちのメイドラゴン Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon)
The shōtengai has been decorated for Christmas.
On a brief visit for groceries, Tōru quickly notices that the butcher she frequently buys from has injured his leg. Frequent encounters during time spent as part of the community has changed the way she interacts with humans. Her aloofness has given way to awareness and concern for others.
Tōru accepts a request to take the butcher’s place in organizing a Christmas performance for a local retirement home.
Higashi-Koshigaya Peony Park (東越谷ボタン公園)
(3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
The long ending sequence pairs Kiriyama’s summary of his long journey up to this point with imagery of Japan’s once prevalent long-distance express sleeper trains, referred to as Blue Trains (ブルートレイン) for the color of the cars. The combined Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto are the only overnight express trains still operating, though neither uses the blue cars.
Media and General Interest
AbemaTimes published an article about Saga Prefecture’s collaboration on video games and anime development over the past 20 years, including recent series Osomatsu-san and Yūri!!! on ICE.
J-Town Net published an article about pop culture tourism to Washinomiya in Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Lucky Star. Matsumoto Shinji from the Kuki Commerce and Industry Association indicates that, despite recent closing of the Ōtori teahouse, a popular location from the work and meeting place for visitors, fan interest and engagement remains strong.
Future Season Pilgrimage
@keihi49 made a pilgrimage to to Mishima, Numazu and Izunokuni, Shizuoka Prefecture; and Kusu, Ōita Prefecture for the PV to the third Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours single “HAPPY PARTY TRAIN”.
Other Current Season Pilgrimage
@touyoko_com made a pilgrimage to (updated post) Tama and (post 2) Tokyo inner wards locations for Kuzu no Honkai Episode 10. The new post includes other Tokyo inner wards locations from earlier episodes, now split off into a separate post from those in Tama.
@Surwill published a two-part article combining a Street View tour of locations in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Gabriel DropOut; and a combined Street View tour and on-location pilgrimage to Tokyo locations and Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Fūka.