As part of the collaboration campaign with the forthcoming TV anime Yakunara Mug Cup Mo / Let’s Make A Mug Too, the official cars of Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture, are now decorated with the characters of the anime. In Japan, a car decorated with images of characters from anime, manga, or video games is called Itasha (literally means “painful car”) and it is not uncommon for local government offices and public organizations in Japan to use Itasha for public relations activities.
The main story of the anime is set in the city, which is famous for the Mino pottery, and focuses on the protagonist Himeno Toyokawa, a first-year high school student who moved to Tajimi City and becomes fascinated with the world of pottery along with the other members of the Tougei-bu (pottery club) at high school.
Sightseeing voice guidance by anime characters (VTuber):
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The TV anime is set to premiere in Japan in April 2021. Jun Kamiya (Hikaru no Go, Kingdom) is attached to direct the adaptation, alongside series composition writer Naruhisa Arakawa (This Art Club Has a Problem!, ISLAND) and character designer/chief animation director Ayano Yoshioka (Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern). Nippon Animation works on anime production in cooperation with Tajimi-city and Tajimi-city Touring Association.
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Main voice cast:
- Himeno Toyokawa: Minami Tanaka (Lily Hoshikawa in Zombie Land Saga)
- Mika Kukuri: Yu Serizawa (Mirei Minami in PriPara, Ueno in How Clumsy you are, Miss Ueno)
- Naoko Naruse: Yuuki Wakai (Reona West in PriPara, Maria von Messina in Wise Man’s Grandchild)
- Toko Aoki: Rina Honizumi (Saaya Yakushiji/Cure Ange in Hugtto! PreCure)
The city of Tajimi, located in the southern part of Gif Prefecture, Japan, is famous for Mino earthenware. The city is dotted with historical pottery producers and ceramic art museums. It has facilities where you can try your hand at making pottery, and many restaurants that serve food on Minoware dishes. The story begins when a high school girl moves to a shopping street in Tajimi. Many encounters await her, friends, town folk, ceramic art, etc. What will she discover in a town famous for ceramic?
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