An Original Anime Created by Awara City
Fukui Prefecture’s Awara City is closely associated with the popular manga “Chihayafuru”. An original mini-anime, “Chihayafuru (Extra Episode)! Let’s Go to Awara to Visit Arata!”, has been created and posted on the video-sharing site, YouTube. Thirteen tourist attractions within Awara City are featured in the video, bringing the possibility of attracting potential tourists.
The mini-anime was created to promote the city with two events in mind: the Internation Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Karuta Festival 2020, happening in May, and the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line extension within the prefecture. The original author of the manga, Yuki Suetsugu, and the television anime production team supervised the mini-anime’s development.
At 6 minutes and 47 seconds long, the video follows the protagonists, Chihaya Ayase and Taichi Mashima, as they visit Awara City to see their childhood friend, Arata Wataya. However, they have difficulties in meeting up, travelling across various places within the city, such as Kitagatakohan Park and the Kanaz Forest of Creation, while looking for each other.
The characters are drawn in a charming 3-toushin style (in which a character is drawn 3 heads tall), and the background is a photo or video portraying the different locations the characters visit; over the phone, Arata would talk with Chihaya and Taichi about each location’s charm, speaking with his Fukui dialect. The three characters are voiced by their respective television anime voice actors, Asami Seto, Mamoru Miyano, and Yoshimasa Hosoya.
In addition to being posted online, the mini-anime will be shown in a special corner at the International Karuta Festival, and within the city’s tourist information centres.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om8gnAlTXj4&