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
Jungle Kinenbi anniversary
Lucky Star themed snack bar Jungle Kinenbi (ジャングル記念日) in Washinomiya, Kuki, Saitama Prefecture celebrated the fifth anniversary of its opening with a fan gathering on April 16.
— ジャングル記念日 アニメファン専用スナック (@kinenbimmaster) April 16, 2022
Sado Aiuta screening
The screening of Ai no Utagoe o Kikasete at Gashima Cinema (ガシマシネマ) was originally scheduled to run until April 1, covered previously (here and here). Due to popular demand, the screening will be extended to May 1. Gashima is a cafe and mini-theater, and the only cinema in Sado, Niigata Prefecture.
Wakayama Summer Time promotion
Wakayama city government official information site Genki Wakayama-shi published a brief interview with Nate Shiori (名手詩織) from the tourism division, discussing planned promotions for Summer Time Render, including a digital stamp rally and special menus at local restaurants.
Mantanweb published an interview with Shirasu Saho (白砂沙帆), one of voice actors from Summer Time Render, who is a Wakayama City native and plays Kofune Mio. She talks about using Wakayama dialect in a professional role for the first time, and working together with experienced voice actor Konishi Katsuyuki, who was also born in Wakayama City and plays Karikiri Masahito. She describes a visit to the city with Nagase Anna, who plays Kofune Ushio, to record media related to the production. She notes the series is a “work that can be used for seichijunrei” and entreats viewers to visit Wakayama. Media coverage: Mantanweb
Geidai Blue Period manhole covers
There was additional reporting on Blue Period manhole covers installed on the campus of Tokyo University of the Arts, covered previously. Media coverage: Mainichi Shimbun, Crunchyroll News
Super Cub touring guide
Yaesu Publishing published Anime Super Cub Seichijunrei Touring Guide (アニメ『スーパーカブ』聖地巡礼ツーリングガイド) on April 18.
Future Season Pilgrimage
Current Season Pilgrimage
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Udagawachō, Dōgenzaka, Maruyamachō, Yoyogi Park, and Shibuya Sky observation deck in Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Paripi Kōmei OP, Episode 1 and Episode 2.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Dōgenzaka and Shibuya, Shibuya Ward; Kita-Aoyama, Minato Ward; Kamishakujii, Nerima Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Heroine Tarumono! Kiraware Heroine to Naisho no Oshigoto Episode 1.
@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Yoyogi Park and Dōgenzaka, Shibuya Ward; Tokyo Station in Chiyoda Ward; Minami-Aoyama, Minato Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Ultra Romantic Episode 1.
@k_ssyc made a pilgrimage to Shiroi, Chiba Prefecture; Fuchū and Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Gunjō no Fanfare ED, Episode 1 through Episode 3. She also reports there is a marketing promotion with the Hokusō Railway that includes commemorative tickets and character panels at stations in Shiroi.
@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2) to Aomi and Ariake, Kōtō Ward; Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai Season 2 Episode 3.
Past Season Pilgrimage
@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Iwatsuki Ward, Saitama City; Shim-Misato Station in Misato; Yashio City Abandoned Hospital Studio in Yashio (all Saitama Prefecture) for Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi o Suru.