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 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.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@donko824 made a pilgrimage (updates: post 1, post 2; new: post 3) to Kyoto for Hōkago Saikoro Club.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations for Babylon Episode 1 through Episode 7

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture for Kumamiko.

@laquari_ made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Musaigen no Phantom World.

@Surwill made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo locations and Wakō, Saitama Prefecture for Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Shibuya and Ebisu, Tokyo Metropolis for Yama no Susume Second Season.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Akihabara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for No Game No Life.

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture for Rinne no Lagrange.

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