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
Kaigake temporary closing
In line with the current extension of the state of emergency and special alert stage four in Shiga Prefecture, admission to the former Kaigake Elementary School (旧鎌掛小学校) in Hino, a Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! seichi, has been suspended until September 30.
Lucky Star Fukuhara interview
Fukuhara Kaori (福原香織)—voice actor for Hīragi Tsukasa in Lucky Star—talked about the series, events in Washinomiya, and her Kuki ambassadorship in a radio interview with NHK local show Hirudoki! Saitamāzu (ひるどき！さいたま～ず) on September 16. If you were interested in hearing the show, hopefully you caught my tweet about it last week. It was available for playback online only until September 23.
Anime Regional Development School
There is a new free seminar in a series of online panel discussions from the Anime Regional Development School (アニメ地域おこし学校). A live stream featuring Suzuki Takahiro (鈴木孝博), chair of the Yokosuka Subculture Promotion and Utilization Committee (横須賀サブカル推進活用委員会), is scheduled October 2 at 11:00 JST. The committee was created by private business owners in Yokosuka for the express purpose of promoting tourism through the upcoming anime adaptation of Slow Loop, premiering in 2022 January. As with the rest of this series, the talks 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.
Anitamasai (アニ玉祭)—an event featuring anime, manga and contents tourism presentations normally held annually in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture—will be held online on October 23 this year in light of Covid-19 concerns. Media coverage: Anime Anime Biz
The executive committee of the Animonozukuri Award (アニものづくりアワード) announced the winners of the 2021 awards on September 19 in Kyoto. In the regional revitalization (地方創生部門) category, which is new this year, gold was awarded to the Evangelion and Hakone tourism marketing collaboration (エヴァンゲリオン×箱根 2020 MEET EVANGELION IN HAKONE), and silver went to the Yakunara Mug Cup mo regional promotion project (テレビアニメ「やくならマグカップも」を活用した地域振興事業). Media coverage: @Press (press release), Anime Anime
Ōtsuchi Misaki no Mayoiga promotion
There was additional reporting on the marketing collaboration between Misaki no Mayoiga and the Ōtsuchi-chō Tourism Exchange Association (大槌町観光交流協会), covered previously. The film is one of several anime works under Zutto Ōen. Project 2011+10… (ずっとおうえん。プロジェクト 2011+10…), itself part of broader efforts by Fuji TV to support disaster recovery in the Tōhoku region following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The new article emphasizes the expectation of the Association and Ōtsuchi-chō Industrial Promotion Division (大槌町産業振興課) that they can bring about local revitalization through engineering seichijunrei. Media coverage: Yomiuri Shimbun
Yokosuka Slow Loop promotion
There was additional reporting on the planned marketing collaboration between Slow Loop, the Yokosuka Tourism Association (横須賀市観光協会) and Yokosuka Subculture Promotion and Utilization Committee (横須賀サブカル推進活用委員会), covered previously. Media coverage: Town News
Yuru Camp arranged camping
Resort operator PICA will offer a Yuru Camp themed arranged camping package that includes gear used and food prepared by the characters in the series. The Saiko Lake location is not a setting that appears in the series, but is one of the Fuji Five Lakes in Yamanashi Prefecture. The package will be available from 2021 October 1 to 2022 March 31. Media coverage: Akiba Sōken, Travel Watch, AV Watch, Den Fami Nico Gamer, Sora News 24
(小林さんちのメイドラゴンS Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon S)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Higashi-Nihonbashi intersection (東日本橋交差点) in Nihonbashi-Hisamatsuchō
I like the reflection of the metro sign on the glossy wall surface.
(白い砂のアクアトープ Shiroi Suna no Akuatōpu)
Fan Pilgrimage Update
Azama Sun Sun Beach (あざまサンサンビーチ)
Chinen Marine Leisure Center (知念海洋レジャーセンター)
Ganjū-eki Nanjō (がんじゅう駅・南城)
Azama Port (安座真港)
Azama Sun Sun Beach