Zombie Land Saga Revenge ゾンビランドサガ リベンジ

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

Kumamoto Natsume support
With the cooperation of mangaka Midorikawa Yuki, Kumamoto Prefecture produced a promotional animated short for Hitoyoshi and Kuma-gun that features characters from Natsume Yūjin-chō. The areas were among those hardest hit by heavy rainfall and flooding in 2020 July, and some of the locations fans have previously visited for seichijunrei are currently still inaccessible. The short depicts locations as they were before the damage in hopes of reconstruction and eventual return of visitors. Media coverage: Asahi Shimbun

Yuru Camp camping boom
Regional development and tourism blog Kayakura published an article in 2020 August attributing the Yuru Camp manga and anime series as one of the motivators behind a recent boom in camping interest, particularly winter and solo camping. Media coverage: Kayakura

Saga Zonsaga manhole covers
As announced previously, rolling installation of manhole covers featuring Franchouchou members began April 22. 14 designs in total will be distributed among six cities. As of the time of writing, covers featuring Minamoto Sakura (Saga City), Yamada Tae (Karatsu), Mizuno Ai (Tosu) and Konno Junko (Ureshino) have been installed. Media coverage: Comic Natalie, Crunchyroll News, Anime News Network

Hakodate Love Live locations
Tore Tabi—a website managed by JR Group affiliated Kōtsū Shinbunsha—published an article introducing Hakodate locations featured in Love Live! Sunshine!! The article was written with the cooperation of and quotes advertising copy from the Anime Tourism Association. Media coverage: Tore Tabi

Yuru Camp game
Game developer Mages will release Yuru Camp: Have a nice day! (ゆるキャン△ Have a nice day!) on September 30. The visual novel based on the Yuru Camp series will be available for Nintendo Switch and Sony PlayStation 4, and its settings will include campgrounds featured in the anime first season. Media coverage: 4Gamer.net, Gematsu, Crunchyroll News, Anime News Network

Current Season Pilgrimage

@suimitera made a pilgrimage to Hokuto, Yamanashi Prefecture for Super Cub.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@kazupi made a pilgrimage to Tenryū-Futamata Station in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture for Shin Evangelion Gekijōban.

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage (post 2) to Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp Season 2 Episode 6.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage (post 2) to Setagaya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Yesterday o Utatte.