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
Zonsaga pilgrimage TV special
TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting special program highlighting locations in Saga Prefecture featured in Zombie Land Saga has been uploaded to the network’s YouTube channel and will be available until March 24.
Current Season Pilgrimage
@626shin made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid (updated post) Episode 5 and (new post) Episode 7.
@teo_imperial made a pilgrimage to Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid Episode 3.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@_xckb made a pilgrimage (post 1) to Fujisawa, Kamakura, Zushi, Hayama and Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture; Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture for Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yumemiru Shōjo no Yume o Minai.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5) to Uji, Kyoto Prefecture for Hibike! Euphonium 2.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage (post 2) to Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture for Uchōten Kazoku 2.
@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Tenmabashikyōmachi, Chūō Ward; and (post 2) Sugahara Shirokita Ōhashi (both Osaka) for Monogatari series.
@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to Komatsushima, Tokushima Prefecture for Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko.