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
Mikuni Glasslip fan meetup
Chūnichi Shimbun published an article about a fan exchange meeting in Mikuni, Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for Glasslip.
Kimi no Na wa. tour
AV Watch (article), Netorabo (article) and RocketNews24-English (article) published stories about a Kimi no Na wa. pilgrimage bus tour around Tokyo offered by travel agency Willer (official site).
(サクラクエスト Sakura Kuesuto)
Jōhana Station (城端駅)
Mass media messages reinforcing the image of Tokyo as the concentration center of activity and resources have deep roots, depicted here during the post World War II Shōwa period.
Yoshino and Ririko comb through archives of Manoyama’s history at the local library. We’re increasing accustomed to assuming information has been digitized and is available online, at least enough to obtain a sufficient overview of a given query. But for deep place-based histories of regions and small towns, often these physical materials are the only existing records.
Cafe used as third place
Though we were misled by her grouchy exterior and earlier statements, Chitose is more sensitive to the tension between staying in a familiar place and exploring what is beyond than she appears. In this episode, we learn of her short-circuited plans to run away to Tokyo as a young adult. She acknowledges her own indifference to that dream now, but encourages Ririko to follow her own while she has the passion to do so.
Train stations are entrance portals to cities and towns, and also launch points for giving departing guests a warm send-off.
(ニューゲーム!! Nyū Gēmu!!)
The space is Misty Asagaya (Misty 阿佐ヶ谷) in the Asagaya Pearl Center Shōtengai, however the cuisine looks more like something that would have been offered at the now closed Asagaya branch of Tapas & Tapas ( タパス＆タパス 阿佐ヶ谷店).
Hifumi senses Aoba’s unease with regard to her work on the new project, inviting her to lunch outside the office for the specific purpose of using a third place to discuss the matter.
Kanematsu Auditorium (兼松講堂) is adjacent to the library
Library used as third place