Love Live! Superstar!! ラブライブ!スーパースター!!

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

Yuyuyu character birthday
Michi-no-eki Toyohama (道の駅とよはま) in Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture will mark the August 30 birthday of Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru character Nogi Sonoko with a display and special parfaits from August 28 to September 4.

Yōkoso Festival
The fourth convening of the Yōkoso Festival (第4回ようこそフェスティバル)—a Hibike! Euphonium fan-organized event in Uji—which had been planned for September, has been cancelled due to the managing director’s personal health situation. The status of potential future events is undecided at this time, but an announcement will be made if and when they become possible. Let’s hope they are feeling better soon.

Ryūsei Matsuri
This year’s Ryūsei Matsuri (龍勢祭) in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture on October 9 will include a handmade fireworks launch, but at reduced scale. Had it been among those that will be launched, this would have been the tenth attempt of the “Anohana Ryūsei” (あの花龍勢) rocket. (Amended on 2022/09/05 to indicate the correct date and changes to the fireworks launch. Full correction and context in Weekly 482.)

Shibukawa Initial D promotion
There was additional reporting on the three taxis with Initial-D themed visuals that are part of an anime tourism promotion project in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, covered previously. Media coverage: Kuruma no News

Kan’onji Yuyuyu promotion
There was additional reporting on the Kan’onji, Kagawa Prefecture Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru stamp rally running from August 5 to September 4, covered previously here, here and here. Media coverage: Shikoku Shimbun (alternate)

Yama no Susume map tie-in
Shōbunsha will publish a special edition of its Mountain and Plateau Map (山と高原地図 特別版) series featuring a tie-in with Yama no Susume on August 25. The map covers parts of the Miura Peninsula (三浦半島) in Kanagawa Prefecture and Boso Peninsula (房総半島) in Chiba Prefecture, both of which have appeared in the manga: Kamakura Alps, Iyogatake to Tomiyama (Minamibōsō). The front cover is an original illustration by Shiro, and manga content and interview with the managaka are integrated into the map. News release: Shōbunsha

Tsumagoi Yuru Camp promotion
Tsumagoi Resort Sai no Sato (つま恋リゾート彩の郷), a campground managed by HMI Hotel Group on a repurposed golf course in Kakegawa, Shizuoka Prefecture, will offer a two-day promotional event and camping package with Yuru Camp tie-in (つま恋キャンプフェス with 『ゆるキャン△』) on September 17 and 18. The event will include sales by camping and outdoor gear retailers, sales of Yuru Camp character goods, sales of locally manufactured foodstuffs that have appeared in the series, exhibition of luxury camper cars, live performance by Sasaki Eri, who sings the Eiga Yuru Camp ending theme, demonstration of Shima Rin’s soup pasta by a YouTuber, and fireworks display synchronized to music from the Yuru Camp series. News release: HMI Hotel Group, series official site. Media coverage: Travel Watch

Minamishimabara Teppen crowdfunding
Minamishimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture is now soliciting funds through its furusato nōzei (hometown tax) program that, if the target amount is reached, would support creation of a special episode of Teppen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! set in the city. An episode of Jashin-chan Dropkick X set in Minamishimabara and created through a similar arrangement has just aired. Media coverage: Comic Natalie, Anime News Network, Crunchyroll News

Arukikata Jojo guide review
Honeshabri (骨しゃぶり @honeshabri), the lead butaitanbou-sha on JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken locations in Italy, India, and Sendai, published a detailed review of the special edition of travel guide Chikyu no Arukikata (地球の歩き方) covering the manga and anime series, which was released on July 14. Though the guide includes areas in Sendai, the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United States and Mexico, Honeshabri limited their critique to the sections on Sendai and Italy.

With regard to Sendai, which in JoJo is mostly mined for names of places and people, not a direct depiction, they feel the information is reasonably sufficient. With regard to Italy, they disagree with some of the suggested access routes and think some information is introduced without sufficient context. But their largest criticisms are that the guide only includes locations from the manga (for all places, not just Italy), leaving significant amounts of anime only material missing, and the guide does not identify the manga volume and chapter from which panels are taken.

Current Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2) to Yokokawa, Oshiage and Mukōjima, Sumida Ward; Atago, Minato Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil Episode 7 and Episode 8.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Oshiage and Mukōjima, Sumida Ward; Atago, Minato Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil Episode 8.

@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2) aboard the Tokyo Mizube Line water bus; to Oshiage and Mukōjima, Sumida Ward; Asakusa, Taitō Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil Episode 4 and Episode 5.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward; Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku Ward (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 5.

@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 3 and Episode 4.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage to Higashi-Yashio, Shingawa Ward; Ōizumigakuenchō, Nerima Ward (preceding Tokyo Metropolis); Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture for Fūto Tantei.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@mikehattsu made a pilgrimage to London, England for Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dōkōkai Season 2 Episode 13.

@york21c made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture for Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S Episode 6.

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Kaigan, Minato Ward; Kōzushima, Ōshima Subprefecture (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Superstar!!

@hiro_senritu made a pilgrimage to Kaigan, Minato Ward; Kōzushima, Ōshima Subprefecture (both Tokyo Metropolis) for Tenki no Ko.

@niceboathime made a pilgrimage (post 11, post 12, post 13, post 14, post 15, post 16, post 17) to Sakai, Fukui Prefecture for Glasslip.

@kimamanidance made a pilgrimage to Kunitachi, Tokyo Metropolis for Air.