Stars Align 星合の空

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.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@lidges (post) and @donko824 (post) made pilgrimages to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Hōkago Saikoro Club Episode 5.

@ye_bi_su made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Hōkago Saikoro Club Episode 5.

@donko824 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto (post 1, post 2) for Hōkago Saikoro Club multiple episodes.

@tianlangxing made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Minamiyukigaya, Ōta Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Hoshiai no Sora Episode 5.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Kōenji-minami, Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Tenki no Ko.

@Nagatoyukito5 made a pilgrimage (post 4) to Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture; Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yurucamp.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage to the Kawagoe Matsuri in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Tsuki ga Kirei.

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

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Musashino; Harajuku, Shibuya Ward; Akihabara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Idolmaster Cinderella Girls.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Doai Station in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Daikanyama, Shibuya Ward; University of Tokyo in Bunkyō Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Nisemonogatari.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Komoro, Nagano Prefecture for Ano Natsu de Matteru.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Serial Experiments Lain.