So what’s that Anisama like? Memories of Anisama 2018

I'm aware that writing an event report for something from almost two years ago is pretty late, more so than doing the same with pilgrimages, but a friend wanted to read this. Besides, I looked on Google and saw that again, there's not much written on Anisama in English, so I figured some people might … Continue reading So what’s that Anisama like? Memories of Anisama 2018

[Translation] Anisama 2018 theme song: Stand by…MUSIC!!!

This translation is an appendix to my "Memories of Anisama 2018" article. I wanted to make it possible for readers who don't understand Japanese to see what the lyrics mean, and I wasn't convinced by the one existing translation I could find, so I decided to make my own. Stand by...MUSIC!!! was the official theme … Continue reading [Translation] Anisama 2018 theme song: Stand by…MUSIC!!!

Discovering atmospheric Takayama, the setting of Hyouka

Note: As stated in previous reports, I’m basically clearing my backlog of writing reports for old pilgrimages. This visit happened way before the pandemic. I would say that there are two types of anime pilgrimage destinations. There are those that are otherwise rather ordinary, but where an anime being set there adds new meaning to … Continue reading Discovering atmospheric Takayama, the setting of Hyouka

An attempt at an interpretation and translation of Senbonzakura

(Jump to: start of analysis • translation) This might be a post that's surprising to see among the other ones, a rather different kind of project to what I've put up before. If you're involved in any Japanese subculture fandoms, there's no avoiding the most famous Hatsune Miku song, Senbonzakura (千本桜, literally translated: 'one thousand … Continue reading An attempt at an interpretation and translation of Senbonzakura

A visit to Haruhi Suzumiya’s hometown, Nishinomiya

Note: As stated in previous reports, I'm basically clearing my backlog of writing reports for old pilgrimages. This visit happened way before the pandemic. Kyoto Animation is one of the most beloved anime studios in general, and among scene hunters and anime pilgrims, they have a favorable reputation for featuring a lot of real, existing … Continue reading A visit to Haruhi Suzumiya’s hometown, Nishinomiya

[Translation] Love Live! New Project school name vote: what the names mean

Also available on Reddit's /r/LoveLive board here, with more limited formatting. As you may know, the name for the school in the new Love Live! project is picked through fan participation. First, the Love Live Days magazine requested suggestions for the name, now the editors have picked 10 suggestions and you can vote on which … Continue reading [Translation] Love Live! New Project school name vote: what the names mean

Experiencing Numazu: The city that lives and breathes Love Live! Sunshine!! (Part 3)

Part 3 of 3 in my Numazu series. This final part recounts my return to Numazu in June 2019 and has a bit less focus on anime comparisons and more on the various Sunshine-associated shops. Notable new locations featured are the Awashima Hotel on a lunch tour and the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise itself. There’s also a bit more on central Numazu and Uchiura, including a closer look at the school. This visit was different in that I was traveling together with others from the European Love Liver community. Continue reading

Experiencing Numazu: The city that lives and breathes Love Live! Sunshine!! (Part 2)

Part 2 of 3 in my Numazu series. This second part recounts my most comprehensive Numazu visit, when I stayed there for two full days in September 2018 and got to know the city better. It includes detailed pilgrimages in Uchiura west of the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise tunnel (school, Bentenjima Shrine, etc.) and in Numazu Harbor as well as more of central Numazu. Some shops associated with Love Live! Sunshine!! but not featured in the anime are also highlighted. Continue reading

Experiencing Numazu: The city that lives and breathes Love Live! Sunshine!! (Part 1)

Part 1 of 3 in my Numazu series. This first part recounts my visit to Numazu in March 2018, where I participated in the “Escape from the Solitary Island’s Aquarium: Take Back the Lost Treasure!” game on the island of Awashima. Additionally, I visited locations seen in the anime on Awashima, and briefly those in central Numazu and in Uchiura east of the Izu-Mito Sea Paradise tunnel (Mito Beach etc.). Continue reading