After exploring the anime industry in Shirobako, P.A.WORKS is back with another original TV anime about the tourism industry. Sakura Quest is the third in the studio’s ‘working’ (oshigoto) series about industries and the people that work in them.
The story’s about five girls who work in the tourism bureau of their small town. The town wants to attract more tourists and hires the five girls as tourism ambassadors. The cour will depict one year in their new job. The anime will be broadcast in April, part of the Spring 2017 lineup.
MANGA.TOKYO has for you the staff, the cast, and character profiles!
Anime Production: P.A.WORKS (Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow, SHIROBAKO)
Director: Masui Soichi (Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called!: Me and the Space Princess)
Series Composer: Masahiro Yokotani (Free!, The Devil is a Part-Timer!)
Character Original Draft : BUNBUN (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero)
Character Designer: Kanami Sekiguchi (Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow, SHIROBAKO, Charlotte)
Yoshino Koharu/ CV: Ayana Nanase
The anime’s protagonist.
She hates the countryside and left for Tokyo to become ‘something special’. However, she is still lost in her self-searching journey. Although she failed in 30 employment exams, she received a job offer to be a tourism ambassador and set out for Kannoyama town. While she is everybody’s friend, she is an ordinary earnest girl. However, she doesn’t like her ordinariness.
Shiori Shinomiya / CV: Reina Ueda
She is an employee at the Kannozan tourism association and ends up working with Yoshino.
She is a realist and loves her hometown. She is cheerful, positive and homely.
Maki Midorikawa/ CV: Chika Anzai
She returned to Kannosan from Tokyo after failing on her dream to be an actress. While she was in a theater group, she worked many part-time jobs to get by. She is cool-headed and like a big sister.
Ririko Oribe/ CV: Chiemi Tanaka
Although she hates the rural town, Kannosan, she has no guts to leave the town.
Ever since her high school graduation, she almost never worked and spent her days only doing net surfing. She is bad at communicating with others. Her only friend is Shiori Shinomiya.
Sanae Kozuki/ CV: Komatsu Mikako
She is a girl with a high self-esteem who moved to Kannosan half a year before Yoshino.
She was born and raised in Tokyo. Although she was hired by an IT company after her college graduation, she quit the job. She works as a web designer in a rented old folk house.
It’s always nice to see that the main characters have interesting background stories. Hopefully, we can see some interesting interactions between these unique characters like we saw in SHIROBAKO.
To be broadcast in April 2017
Original: Alexandre S. D. Celibidache
Director: Soichi Masui
Series Composer: Masahiro Yokotani
Character Designer: BUNBUN
Character Designer: Kanami Sekiguchi
Anime Production: P.A.WORKS
Yoshino Koharu: Ayana Nanase
Shiori Shinomiya: Reina Ueda
Maki Midorikawa: Chika Anzai
Ririko Oribe: Chiemi Tanaka
Sanae Kozuki: Komatsu Mikako