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

Comic Treasure 40
Comic Treasure 40 (こみっくトレジャー 40) was held September 11 at INTEX Osaka in Nankokita, Suminoe Ward. Seki (tweet) and A-chan (tweet) exhibited seichijunrei-oriented works.

Karatsu Zonsaga building
The Karatsu City Museum of History and Folklore, formerly the Mitsubishi Joint Stock Company Karatsu Branch main building (旧三菱合資会社唐津支店本館), which was used as the model for the residence of Franchouchou in Zombie Land Saga, has been closed since 2003, but is typically opened to the public on select days in the fall each year. This year it will be open September 17, and October 15 to 16. Media coverage: Asahi Shimbun

The open days were originally scheduled for September 18 and 19 as well, but these were cancelled on September 16 due to an approaching typhoon.

Nishinomiya Haruhi event
A Kwansei Gakuin University (関西学院大学) seminar led by professor Hayashi Naoki (林直也), with planning assistance from Nishinomiya-based Hyōda Printing Industrial Arts (兵田印刷工芸), and cooperation of Nishinomiya City and the Anime Tourism Association, will offer Sports Event: SOS-dan o Kesseisaseyo! Endless Sports (スポーツイベント~SOS団を結成させよ!エンドレススポーツ) on October 1, beginning 10:00 at the Central Multi-Purpose Ground (中央多目的グラウンド) in Kawahara, Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture. Participants will recreate sporting events that appear in or are inspired by content from the Suzumiya Haruhi series, at a venue that appears in the work, which is also near the university. The event has a capacity of 100 and participation is free. Interested individuals can register online until September 21. If applications exceed capacity, a lottery will be held. News release: Kwansei Gakuin University

WUG character birthday
As an unofficial birthday celebration for Wake Up, Girls! character Okamoto Miyu, Cafe Bijou (喫茶ビジュゥ) in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture will offer hot chocolate simmered with orange peel and topped with candied orange as a nod to her orange cheer color. Myuu and her voice actor Takagi Miyu’s birthday is September 8. A firm duration for the special menu item has not been set, but it will likely be available for about one month. Photos: tweet 1

Wakayama Summer Time promotion
In an interview with Movie Walker Press, Matsubayashi Izuru (松林出) from the Wakayama City Tourism Division (和歌山市観光課) discusses recent promotional campaigns to drive tourism to the city through Summer Time Render. Media coverage: Movie Walker Press

Animonozukuri Award
Animonozukuri Award (アニものづくりアワード) recognizes anime, manga and character content collaborations and promotional tie-ins with other industries, and has been held since 2017, though the 2020 awards were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s awards cover the period 2020 January 1 to 2022 June 30. On 2022 September 17, the award will for the second consecutive year be presented as part of the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (京都国際マンガ・アニメフェア), also known as Kyomafu (京まふ). The regional revitalization category (地方創生部門), which was new for 2021, is again included. The regional revitalization category targets initiatives that use anime, manga or characters to promote local industry and tourism, including public relations activities, tourism marketing, collaborations between traditional crafts and media contents intellectual property, business related to seichijunrei, and events.

This year, the event will for the first time include a panel exhibition of 25 of the works nominated for the regional revitalization category, and a joint event with Kyomafu called Business Seminar & Tour (ビジネスセミナー&ツアー). The panel exhibition will be held from September 17 to 23 at the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design on the B1 level of Miyako Messe Exhibition Center in Kyoto, the same venue as Kyomafu. The Business Seminar & Tour will be held September 17, the day of the award presentation, beginning with the seminar in the museum special exhibition room, then moving to a business-oriented tour of the Kyomafu venue. Attendance is free, capped at 50 participants, first-come, first-served. Interested individuals can register online.

In the seminar, entertainment sociologist Nakayama Atsuo (中山淳雄) will give a keynote address on the theme “Kyomafu aims to go global with oshi and seichijunrei in the next ten years” (京まふ、『推しと聖地巡礼』でグローバルを目指す次の10年)—oshi (推し) means to be a fan or supporter of something or someone, often a specific character or performer, but also implies an aspect of promotion or advocacy. This will be followed by a talk session with Rikukawa Kazuo (陸川和男), president and CEO of Character Data Bank.

News release: Animonozukuri Award Executive Committee, Tsucrea

Current Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2) to Oshiage, Sumida Ward; Hibiyakōen, Chiyoda Ward; Shinjuku and Kabukichō, Shinjuku Ward; Shimbashi, Minato Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil Episode 10 and Episode 11.

@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Dōgenzaka, Shibuya, Jingūmae and Yoyogi Park (Yoyogi-Kamizonochō), Shibuya Ward; Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 8.

@_xckb made a pilgrimage to Ogijima, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture for Summer Time Render through Episode 21.

Past Season Pilgrimage

@flyingbird1124 made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Hakkeijima, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for Slow Loop Episode 7