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.
Media and General Interest
Evangelion Hakone collaboration
The Odakyū Group and Evangelion marketing collaboration (official site) launched January 10 in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture and will run to June 30. The collaboration includes wrappings on Odakyū Hakone high speed buses, Hakone Tozan buses and Tōgendai Station, as well as limited edition goods and a stamp rally. nippon.com published an article about the campaign that includes photography of most of the marketing collateral and installations.
Future Season Pilgrimage
@rica0867 (post) and @fragments_sue (post) made pilgrimages to Ashikita, Kumamoto Prefecture for Hōkago Teibō Nisshi PV.
Current Season Pilgrimage
@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage to Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture; Miyoshi, Saitama Prefecture; Ueno Zoo in Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for 22/7 PV and Episode 1.
@flyingbird1124 (updated post) and @626shin (post) made pilgrimages to Saitama Seiganji Onsen in Seiganji, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 2.
@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid OP, ED and Episode 1.
@lidges made a pilgrimage to Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture for Oshi ga Budōkan Ittekuretara Shinu OP and Episode 1.
@flyingbird1124 (post) and @ssslocation (gallery) made pilgrimages to Hino, Tama, Tachikawa and Musashino, Tokyo Metropolis for Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T OP and Episode 1.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Magia Record: Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Gaiden.
@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Kumamoto City and Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture; Rikkyō University in Taitō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Natsunagu! key visual and Episode 1.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@_xckb made a pilgrimage to multiple Tokyo Metropolis and Kanagawa Prefecture locations for Babylon.
@Nagatoyukito5 made a pilgrimage (post 5, post 6, post 7) to Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture for Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara.
@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Just Because!
@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Chita Peninsula, Himakajima and Meiji-mura open-air architectural museum (preceding Aichi Prefecture); Ōme, Tokyo Metropolis for Subete ga F ni Naru: The Perfect Insider.
@kimamanidance made pilgrimages to (post 1) Iogi Station in Suginami Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; (post 2) Kōfu, Yamanashi Prefecture for Kizumonogatari.
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Yume no Ōhashi in Kōtō Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Bakemonogatari.
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Hachiōji, Tokyo Metropolis for Gekijōban Bleach: Memories of Nobody.
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Kamakura and Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture for Fate/stay night.