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

Usagiyama Dai Bazaar 5
The fifth and final convening of the Usagiyama Dai Bazaar (うさぎ山大バザール5)—a fan-organized Tamako Market oriented dōjinshi spot sale and cosplay event—was held May 3 at the DeMachi (Deまち) event space at Demachi Masugata Shōtengai in Kyoto. Due to renewal of state of emergency declarations that include Kyoto, the scale of some parts of the event was reduced and extra measures to prevent viral spread were added, but those who attended made the most of the circumstances. @IERZ1R_2020120 published a brief report on the event. Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4, tweet 5, tweet 6, tweet 7, tweet 8, tweet 9, tweet 10, tweet 11, tweet 12

Although this is the last time this particular event will be held, Shin Keihan (しんけーはん @shinkeihan6350) plans to continue hosting smaller gatherings, such as the Usagiyama Mochitsuki Taikai, and hopes Masugata will continue to a place where fans can meet.

Anime Regional Development School
Sano Ryōta (佐野リヨウタ), the CEO of animated commercial production company Gyorai Eizō (魚雷映蔵), will be the guest speaker on the latest in a series of online panel discussions from the Anime Regional Development School (アニメ地域おこし学校), a free live stream scheduled May 8 at 11:00 JST. Gyorai Eizō produced the anime short that is part of the Get on! Kyoto City Subway (地下鉄に乗るっ) multimedia advertising campaign. As with the rest of the series, the talk will be hosted by “seichijunrei producer” Kakizaki Shundō (柿崎俊道) and Oda Yasuo (小田恭央). Oda is the CEO of SSS, the company that manages local character and vocaloid Tōhoku Zunko.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Karatsu and Saga City, Saga Prefecture for Zombie Land Saga Revenge ED and Episode 1 through Episode 4.

@chimaki29q made a pilgrimage (tweet 1, tweet 2, Google Map) to Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture for Yakunara Mug Cup mo Episode 5.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@fureshima2223 made a pilgrimage to Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture for Yuru Camp Season 2 Episode 7.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Koganei; Kōraku, Bunkyō Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Ochikobore Fruit Tart.

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage (post 3) to Tokyo Metropolis and Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Yesterday o Utatte.

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Shimonita, Gunma Prefecture for Persona 4: The Animation.