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
TIFF director discussion on background art
Tokyo International Film Festival (東京国際映画祭) hosted a panel discussion on November 6 featuring anime directors discussing the tools, creators and works that brought about the trend toward photorealism and use of real location settings in anime TV series and films over the last 20 years. Directors Ishiguro Kyōhei (Cider no Yō ni Kotoba ga Wakiagaru), Tamura Kōtarō (Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi), Murano Yūta (Seven Days War) and Satō Jun’ichi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite) each speak in depth about the processes of scenario development, location hunting, use of digital photography, choosing the appropriate level of detail density in the art, choosing and altering backgrounds to pair with characters and narrative, and their hopes and concerns about future developments in background art.
The full talk was streamed live and remains available for playback on YouTube with both live English translation and original Japanese audio versions. It’s an engaging discussion, well worth the 90 minute playback, but if pressed for time, Kim Morrissy wrote an excellent detailed summary of the talk that covers all of the key points. Media coverage: Nikkan Sports, Comic Natalie, Anime News Network
Josee Tora Osaka map
Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi released an official map of Osaka and Kōbe locations used in the film setting.
Osaka Metro Josee Tora collaboration
Osaka Metro and Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi launched a marketing collaboration that will run from 2020 December 7 to 2021 December 31 which includes tie up posters in stations and rail cars; 30 second and 60 second versions of a commercial that combines scenes from the film with newly created segments and which will appear on TV, web and in station digital displays; a set of two one-day metro tickets featuring original designs; a Twitter follow and retweet campaign which grants participants entry to a lottery for original goods; and the year end/new year edition of Osaka Metro Sanpo, a guide of city walks and interesting spots along metro lines, will be a special issue featuring locations that appear in the film. Media coverage: Official site 1, The Television, Official site 2, Osaka Metro, Comic Natalie, Crunchyroll News
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Fan Pilgrimage Update
Residential neighborhood in Yamanashi City (山梨市), Yamanashi Prefecture
Fuefukigawa Fruit Park (笛吹川フルーツ公園) in Yamanashi City
Fuefukigawa Fruit Park
Lover’s Sanctuary (恋人の聖地) at Fuefukigawa Fruit Park
Yamanashi High School (山梨県立山梨高等学校) in Yamanashi City
Fuefuki River (笛吹川)