Saga Prefecture in Japan promotes itself by proactively producing anime. Recently, its intriguing activities have been attracting lots of public attention. Followed by Saga’s first original anime Takeo, Arita Arc on March 12, Saga prefecture has released its second anime project on YouTube. It consists of two works, the Saga Arc and the Karatsu Arc.
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Continuing from the first anime that featured Arita Town and Takeo City, the second set of anime works are set in Saga City and Karatsu City.
The Saga Arc anime Tadaima: Omoide no Saga (I’m Back: Memorable Saga) is the heart-warming and adventurous story of Thai student Mei, who makes precious memories through interacting with a variety of people in Saga City.
The Karatsu Arc anime Okaeri: Kokyo no Karatsu (Welcome Back: Hometown Karatsu) is a youthful story about a frustrated high school boy who aims to be a pro soccer player but struggles to make his dreams come true.
The anime production was handled by Pony Canyon, the renowned company which has worked on numerous popular anime. The script was written by Hideki Sonoda, the highly prolific script writer known for Beyblade Burst.
The two anime have been based on the unique culture of the prefecture, and people from Saga will be able to nod their heads in understanding. Those who are not from Saga can learn about the many wonderful aspects of the prefecture.
Saga realized the vast potential of the anime industry, and in 2016, it released two original anime works on the internet. One is titled Yakusoku no Utsuwa: Arita no Hatsukoi (Promised pottery: Arita’s first love) and is set in Arita, famous for pottery. The other anime, titled Fuyu no Chikai, Natsuno Matsuri Takeo no Ookusu (Oath of Winter, Summer Festival Takeo’s Great Camphor) features Takeo city. It is also interesting to note that Takeo City ranked third in the ‘best countryside to live in’ survey that was carried out by Takarajimasha.
This project has generated a strong response and it led the prefecture government to receive countless e-mails, even from China! Additionally, in collaboration with the smash hit anime Yuri!!! on ICE, the prefecture is currently holding a special event titled ‘Saga on Ice’.
‘Okaeri: Kokyo no Karatsu’ (Welcome Back, Hometown Karatsu)
‘Tadaima: Omoide no Saga’ (I’m back, Memorable Saga)
‘Tadaima Omoide no Saga’ (I’m Back: Memorable Saga)