The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! はたらく魔王さま!!

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

Comiket 100
Comic Market 100 (コミックマーケット100) was held August 13 and 14 at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake, Kōtō Ward. Though still not a return to pre-pandemic attendance levels, a relaxation of Covid-19 mitigation measures relative to Comiket 99 allowed more to participate in what, for some, is as much a reunion venue as a sales event. Seichijunrei and butaitanbou oriented dōjinshi were well represented

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, tweet 13, tweet 14, tweet 15, tweet 16, tweet 17, tweet 18, tweet 19

Omoshiro Dōjinshi Bazaar Ōsaki 11
Concurrent with Comiket, Omoshiro Dōjinshi Bazaar Ōsaki 11 (おもしろ同人誌バザール​大崎11) was held at the Yumesanbashi (夢さん橋) connected to Ōsaki Station in Shinagawa Ward on August 14. Seichikaigi (聖地会議) representative director/“seichijunrei producer” Kakizaki Shundō (柿崎俊道) set up a table. Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2

Nara Tōkae
Nara Tōkae (なら燈花会), a lantern festival in Nara Park, after multiple cancellations due to Covid-19, was held for the first time in three years from August 5 to 14. The event is depicted in Kyōkai no Kanata Episode 5 and in the past has included character panels and lanterns with character illustrations. Many familiar folks, including butaitanbou-sha and a particular camera toting silhouette, made it to Nara for a reunion of sorts. Media coverage: NHK

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Numazu Jimoai Matsuri
Numazu Jimoai Matsuri (沼津地元愛まつり) and Numazu Jimoai Bussanten (沼津地元愛物産展)—Numazu Local Love Festival and Numazu Local Products Exhibition, receptively—were concurrent events organized by the city and Love Live! Sunshine!! held August 11 (festival only), 13 and 14 at the Plaza Verde Convention Hall in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture. In addition to sales and multiple live performances, the exhibition included a display of art from upcoming spinoff anime Genjitsu no Yohane: Sunshine in the Mirror, which depicts a fantasy version of Numazu.

Pinchoss (ぴんちょす @pinchoss) published detailed reports with photography on the exhibition and later butaitanbou for the Genjitsu art in Numazu and neighboring Shimizu. He earlier published a report on the stamp rally in Numazu running from August 5 to September 30.

Media coverage: Shizuoka Shimbun (print), Edge Line

Kamiichi Ōkami Kodomo events
There was additional reporting on events in Kamiichi, Toyama Prefecture from July 23 to September 4 commemorating the 10th anniversary of Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, covered previously here, here and here.

At the screening of the film and talk show with Hosoda Mamoru (細田守) on August 11, the director added an illustration and autograph to the panel advertising the exhibition at the Nishida Museum (西田美術館) entrance.

Toyama Prefectural University contents tourism researcher, Butaitanbou Archive curator, and Butaitanbou-sha Community (BTC) founding member Ōishi Gen (大石玄 @genoishi) is also a frequent collaborator in efforts to promote the city’s connection to the film. He made multiple trips to Kamiichi, including a visit to the exhibition, and helped manage the “world howling contest” at Hana no Ie (花の家) on August 13. The contest was last held in 2019 and involves (human) participants howling into a decibel meter, after which they are scored by volume, duration and “artistic skill.” Photos: tweet 1

Kita Nippon Shimbun published an article that briefly explains how the folk house came to be used as a setting in the film, subsequent naming as Hana no Ie, and efforts to promote and support tourism to the location by volunteers and creation of a nonprofit organization. Media coverage: Kita Nippon Shimbun (alternate)

Kōfu Super Cub exhibition and reading
Yamanashi Prefectural Library (山梨県立図書館) in Kōfu held a Super Cub exhibition and reading (TVアニメ「スーパーカブ」小さな展示会&朗読会) from August 10 to 17, announced previously. The exhibition included original keyframes from the OP and ED, reproductions of keyframes from episodes, setting materials and storyboards, as well as scripts and actual Super Cub vehicles. The readings were comprised of content not included in the TV series. Kumada Akane, who sings the Super Cub opening theme and is also a voice actor, gave readings and after talks on August 13. Voice actors Yomichi Yuki (Koguma), Nanase Ayaka (Reiko) and Hioka Natsumi (Eniwa Shii) reprised their roles in readings and after talks on August 14.

Concurrent with the event, Anime Tourism Association organized a crowdfunding campaign intended to support the exhibition. According to the Association, the goal of the campaign was to allow elementary and junior high school students to attend free of charge. As of the time of writing, the campaign has collected 1.86 million JPY, surpassing both the initial goal of 500,000 and the challenge goal of 1.5 million. News release: Anime Tourism Association. Media coverage: Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun 1 (print), Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun 2, Anime News Network, Crunchyroll News, Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun 3 (print)

Kan’onji Yuyuyu event
There was additional reporting on the unveiling ceremony for the installation of Yuyuyu tourist information audio content at Kotohiki Park (琴弾公園) in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture on August 6, covered previously. Media coverage: Shikoku Shimbun

Seichikaigi Expo 2022
Seichikaigi (聖地会議), the contents tourism business self-published periodical by Kakizaki Shundō (柿崎俊道), has announced dates for Seichikaigi Expo 2022 (聖地会議EXPO2022), which will be held September 10. The event will have a physical venue at distillery Yamane Shuzō (やまね酒造) in Hannō, Saitama Prefecture, but will primarily be delivered online via YouTube livestream. As with the previous event in 2021 December, this conference will be organized jointly by Seichikaigi and contents tourism researcher Okamoto Takeshi (岡本健).

Thus far, the event plan includes a tour of Tenranzan in Hannō led by Wakabayahi Fukunari (若林福成), who is both owner of Yamane Shuzō and a researcher in environmental science (and Yama no Susume fan), as well as online talks about the seichijunrei board game project Okamoto conducts with his students at Kindai University, and a discussion on contents tourism educators.

Tadokoro Azusa seichijunrei talk
Anime Tourism Association will host a third talk event of what it is calling Voice Actor Anime Seichi Stories (声優アニメ聖地語り), this time featuring Tadokoro Azusa (田所あずさ), at Animate Annex in Higashi-Ikebukuro, Tokyo on September 24. Tickets for the event are available online, through advance sale lottery from August 17 to 21, and general sales beginning September 10.

The first talk event featuring Tokui Sora was part of the promotional campaign for Anime Seichi 88 Walker 2022, in which Tokui was a content contributor. The connection to the magazine was not made explicit in the second talk with Anzai Chika, or in this third talk, but the Twitter account for the series is again promoting the event. Kadokawa heads the Anime Tourism Association and publishes the Walker series.

Chōden Maousama promotion
Chōshi Electric Railway (銚子電気鉄道) in Chōshi, Chiba Prefecture and Hataraku Maō-sama! launched a marketing promotion that will run from August 10 to September 10. The campaign includes headmarks and in-car decorations on the Chōshi Electric Railway Line, character panels at Nakanochō Station and Inubō Station, and commemorative 1-day tickets. Photos: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4

Numazu Love Live promotion
Numazu Kankō Portal (沼津観光ポータル), operated by the Numazu City Industry Promotion Department, Tourism Strategy Division (沼津市産業振興部観光戦略課), and Find Our Numazu (Find Our 沼津), a landscape photo and illustration series in a magazine published by Kadokawa, will jointly release a Numazu tourism poster featuring the Love Live! Sunshine!! cast at the Kanogawa Fireworks Festival (狩野川花火大会). The poster will be available for sale at four locations in Numazu beginning August 11.

Future Season Pilgrimage

@fragments_sue made a pilgrimage aboard the Orange Shikoku operated by Shikoku Kaihatsu Ferry; and to Iyo-Ōzu Station in Ōzu, Ehime Prefecture; Brazilian Park Washūzan Highland in Shimotsui Fukiage, Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture; Shin-Kōbe Station in Kōbe, Hyōgo Prefecture for Suzume no Tojimari PV.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage to (post 1) Chiyoda and Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward; Tsukuda, Chūō Ward; (post 2) Ōjima Komatsugawa Park (Ōjima, Kōtō Ward; Komatsugawa, Edogawa Ward), Tokyo Metropolis for Lycoris Recoil Episode 5 and Episode 6.

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage to Kyoto for Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta Episode 1 through Episode 6.

@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage to Yoyogi Park (Yoyogi-Kamizonochō, Jinnan), Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 2 and Episode 3.

@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage to Shiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 1.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2) to Kyoto for Deaimon Episode 5 through Episode 12.

@shira_ry made a pilgrimage to Nagoya, Tsushima and Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture; Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture for Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki 4 Satsume.

@niceboathime made a pilgrimage (post 5) to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture for Hōkago Saikoro Club.

@yomikatajiyu made a pilgrimage to Sapporo, Hokkaidō Prefecture for Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take on Me.

@niceboathime made a pilgrimage (post 5, post 6, post 7, post 8, post 9, post 10) to Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for Glasslip.