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
@habusan made a pilgrimage to Setagaya Ward and Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; Yokohama, Kanagawa Ward for Yesterday wo Utatte Episode 1 through Episode 8.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Sendagi and Yayoi, Bunkyō Ward; Yanaka, Taitō Ward; Washinomiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture for Koisuru Asteroid.
@Surwill made a pilgrimage to Nerima Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.