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
Anime Seichijunrei “Book” Spot Sale 4
A fourth convening of the Anime Seichijunrei “Hon” Sokubaikai (アニメ聖地巡礼“本”即売会) will be held May 30 at Kanda Myōjin in Tokyo, and will again feature traditionally published and self-published books, magazines and DVDs about anime pilgrimage, and talks by prominent contents tourism researchers and writers. Seller applications are being accepted until April 30.
Zonsaga pilgrimage TV special
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting will air a special program highlighting locations in Saga Prefecture featured in Zombie Land Saga on February 24, with a recording available on the network’s YouTube channel for one month following. Media coverage: Press release, Netorabo, Anime Anime, Saga Shimbun, Crunchyroll News
Future Season Pilgrimage
Current Season Pilgrimage
@nadukari_h made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Mashiki and Oguni, Kumamoto Prefecture for Natsunagu! Episode 3 through Episode 5. He includes notes on new locations in Episode 6, pending further investigation.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to (post 1) the Seto Ōhashi, including view from Utazu, Kagawa Prefecture and Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture; and (post 2) Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture for Uchōten Kazoku 2.