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.
Media and General Interest
Kyoani memorial observed from seichi
Fans marked the one year since the 2019 July 18 arson attack on Kyoto Animation at multiple seichijunrei locations, including Daikichiyama in Uji (Hibike! Euphonium), Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto (Tamako Market), and Cafe Dream in Nishinomiya (Suzumiya Haruhi series). Media coverage: Kyoto Shimbun
Kyoani pilgrimage exchange notebooks
Fans have left large numbers of messages of support for Kyoto Animation over the past year in the exchange notebooks often kept at seichijunrei locations, including many who rushed to the Hibike! Euphonium notebook in Uji on 2020 July 18. Media coverage: Asahi Shimbun
Ōgaki and Yōrō fireworks memorial
Ōgaki and Yōrō, Gifu Prefecture—the setting of Koe no Katachi—launched an unannounced fireworks display from the Tagaki Fireworks factory in the evening of July 18 that included 36 shiragiku (白菊), fireworks meant to look like white chrysanthemum, to memorialize the victims of the arson attack on Kyoto Animation. To prevent crowds from gathering so as to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, no prior notice of the fireworks was given. Media coverage: Gifu Shimbun
追悼の花火３６発 京アニ放火殺人１年 https://t.co/kYGXzvxnpB
— 岐阜新聞 (@gifushimbun) July 18, 2020
Butaitanbou-sha Ebisu Kyoani media appearance
Comments of support for Kyoto Animation by Ebisu (夷 @ye_bi_su) were included in an article in the July 18 evening print edition of Yomiuri Shimbun.
— 夷（ゑびす）@「聖地移住」通販中 (@ye_bi_su) July 18, 2020
Butaitanbou-sha Seki Kyoani dōjinshi
Dōjinshi published by Butaitanbou-sha Community Kansai branch manager Seki (セキ @seki_saima) that contain in-depth coverage of locations used in Kyoto Animation works were featured in the July 19 online and print editions of Chūnichi Shimbun.
— はまとし (@Migi225Hamatosi) July 19, 2020
Kyoani role in seichijunrei
Contents tourism researcher Kawashima Tarō (河嶌太郎) published an editorial in With News about the role Kyoto Animation has played in precipitating anime seichijunrei through works that generated highly engaged fan responses, including Lucky Star (Kuki, Saitama Prefecture), the Suzumiya Haruhi series (Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture), K-On! (Toyosato, Shiga Prefecture), Hyōka (Takayama, Gifu Prefecture), Tamako Market (Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto), Free! (Iwami, Tottori Prefecture), Hibike! Euphonium (Uji, Kyoto Prefecture) and Koe no Katachi (Ōgaki, Gifu Prefecture).
Current Season Pilgrimage
@habusan made a pilgrimage to Kasairinkai Park in Rinkaichō, Edogawa Ward, Tokyo Metropolis; Chiba Station and Hamanochō in Chūō Ward, Takasu, Mihama Ward (all Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture) for Yahari Ore no Seishun Rabukome wa Machigatteiru. Kan OP and Episode 1.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Jinbōchō and Akibahara (Soto-Kanda), Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Jashin-chan Dropkick.