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Chichibu City becomes holy site for "Anohi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai" anime fans
The city of Chichibu in Saitama has been attracting anime fans from throughout Japan since an animation series set there was broadcast on TV earlier this year.

Young anime fans have flocked to the city since the airing from April to June of the animation "Anohi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない)" (We still don't know the name of a flower we saw that day).

The animation, "Ano Hana" (That flower) for short, tells the story of a group of youngsters who reunite as friends several years after one dies in an accident during primary school.

The tourism facility Hot Spot Chichibu-kan said it has been enjoying a 10-fold increase in visitors, thanks to Ano Hana fans.

Chichibu, known for its Buddhist temples for pilgrimage, previously attracted mainly middle-aged and elderly visitors.
Jorin Temple

But since Ano Hana, the make-up of those visitors has changed along with their reasons for making the pilgrimage to Chichibu.
Chichibu Shrine
Jorin Temple, one of the pilgrimage temples, appears as a scene in Ano Hana. It now has a shop selling wooden plaques and Japanese fans illustrated with characters from Ano Hana.

In July, the Chichibu city government began distributing maps of spots where scenes in Ano Hana take place.

View Chichibu City in a larger map
 2011/09/29 06:47  この記事のURL  / 
Ranma 1/2 Manga Gets Live-Action Special with Yui Aragaki
A live-action television adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma ½ martial arts comedy manga will air this December as a two-hour special on Japan's NTV network.
Ranma ½

Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣)will play Akane Tendo, and Kento Kaku (賀来賢人) and Natsuna (夏菜) will play the dual male/female sides of the title character Ranma Saotome .
Yui Aragaki

Kento Kaku


Ranma ½ is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi(高橋留美子) . The story revolves around a 16-year old boy named Ranma Saotome who was trained from early childhood in martial arts. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, but hot water will change him back into a boy.

 2011/09/28 07:43  この記事のURL  / 
Machi-Asobi vol. 7 - Big anime festival under way in Tokushima
A major anime festival is currently running through Oct. 10 in Tokushima on Shikoku Island, western Japan.

More than 20 animated movies including new releases are being screened at indoor and outdoor venues in and around the city of Tokushima during the "Machi-Asobi vol. 7 (マチ★アソビvol. 7)" festival that began Sep. 30.

At Tokushima airport, numerous banners and posters for the event have been placed to catch the eyes of visitors.

The city has been making efforts to revive the local economy using anime and had hosted six major anime events since two years ago. Each event drew some 20,000 people.

Itasha (cars with anime graphics) bus runs around the city

 2011/09/27 08:02  この記事のURL  / 
Gundam AGE Anime's TV CM
The official website for Sunrise's Gundam AGE television anime series began streaming a 15-second television ad for the series.
Gundam AGE

Gundam AGE's story will cover a century and three generations of Gundam pilots.

In the year A.G. 101 (Advanced Generation) ― several hundred years after human have migrated into space ― an Unknown Enemy (UE) suddenly attacks the space colony Angel and destroys it. This tragedy later became known as "The Day the Angel Fell From the Skies."

In A.G. 108, the war with the UE comes to the home colony of seven-year-old Furitto Asuno. After losing his mother to the war, he is entrusted with the "AGE Device," a memory unit which has been handed down from generation to generation in his family. The device contains blueprints for "Gundam," an ancient mobile suit known as a savior. Furitto resolves to build the Gundam.

In the year A.G. 115, 14-year-old Furitto is at the Earth Federation base Arinsuton on the space colony Nora. For seven years, Furitto has continued developing with the base's engineers, and at last the "Gundam" is complete. The Gundam is equipped with the AGE System, which allows the unit to automatically evolve. However, the UE has arrived at Nora, and Furitto must fight in the very Gundam he built himself.

Gundam AGE is set to premiere on October 9 in Japan.
 2011/09/25 07:40  この記事のURL  / 

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