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
Kyōkai 10th anniversary
Kyōkai no Kanata light novel author Torii Nagomu (鳥居なごむ) is soliciting feedback from fans on what local events in Nara and Kashihara they would like to have for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the anime adaptation, which premiered in 2013 October. Torii has written up a list of tentative ideas and is asking fans to reply either on the post directly or to the tweet sharing the post. Past events have included dinner parties at Nara Hotel (the model for the Nase home) and theater re-screenings of the films. Torii also proposes fan art and cosplay competitions, and a seichijunrei tour with Cafe Sando (the location of the pilgrimage exchange notebook) as a focal point.
Osaka Shippona locations
Uchi no Shishō wa Shippo ga Nai premieres October 1 and features rakugo performances set in Osaka during the Taishō period (1912-1926). Tsuyu no Murasaki (露の紫), one of the rakugo performers who advised the production and coached its voice actors, noted that the work includes scenes at Tenma Tenjin Hanjō-tei (天満天神繁昌亭), a real performance venue, and hoped that viewers would visit for seichijunrei. Media coverage: Tokyo Shimbun
Wakayama Summer Time exhibition
An exhibition of Summer Time Render reproduction keyframes, Wakayama collaboration visual, messages from voice actors, scripts and seichijunrei maps will be held at Aeon Mall Wakayama (イオンモール和歌山) in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture from October 1 to 30. The contents will be different from the similar exhibition held at Wakayama Civic Library in July.
Saga Zonsaga manhole covers
Installation of the third and final phase of manhole covers featuring Zombie Land Saga characters in Saga Prefecture, noted as planned during the second phase announcement, has officially launched. At the time of writing, 21 manhole covers with original designs are installed in 13 cities. The final phase will take place in a sequential rollout beginning in November, installing nine more covers in eight cities and towns, including the remaining seven towns of Tara, Kiyama, Ōmachi, Kamimine, Genkai, Miyaki and Kōhoku, as well as one additional cover in Karatsu. When the third phase is complete, the project will include a total of 30 unique covers and all 20 cities and towns in the prefecture. Media coverage: Animage Plus, Animate Times, Crunchyroll News
Shibuya Love Live promotion
Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Metropolis will offer Love Live! Superstar!! goods as gifts in exchange for furusato nōzei (hometown tax) payments. The campaign was announced (series official site, Shibuya Ward) and is active as of September 22, using the Furusato Pallete platform, and will be available until 2023 March 31. Media coverage: Shibuya Keizai Shimbun
Current Season Pilgrimage
@ad_motsu made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Ueno, Taitō Ward; Dōgenzaka and Sakuragaokachō, Shibuya Ward; Shinjuku and Kabukichō, Shinjuku Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil Episode 10, Episode 12 and Episode 13.
@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage (updated post) to Higashi-Azabu, Shibakōen and Shimbashi, Minato Ward; Hibiyakōen, Chiyoda Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Lycoris Recoil Episode 10 through Episode 12.
@Deep_adultweet made a pilgrimage (updated: post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4) to Shibuya, Dōgenzaka, Udagawachō, Yoyogi Park (Yoyogi-Kamizonochō) and Jingūmae, Shibuya Ward; Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku Ward; Minami-Aoyama, Minato Ward (all Tokyo Metropolis) for Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 Episode 8 and Episode 9.