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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has unveiled its "Welcome to Tokyo" website with a "Honey Tokyo" anime short by Studio 4°C on Thursday. As it revealed last year, the government produced the anime to promote the city's sights to domestic and overseas tourists interested in Japanese animation. The anime short is available in Japanese, English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Korean, German, Italian, Spanish, and French. The website also hosts a map and quiz to find the sightseeing spots of the area.
Yasuhiro Aoki, an episode director on Tweeny Witches and Batman: Gotham Knight, served as the director, character designer, and storyboarder on the "Honey Tokyo" anime short at Studio 4°C. Mamiko Noto played the title character Honey, while Tomo Shigematsu played Takeru. A national government subsidy paid for the project's production budget of about 50 million yen (about US$550,000).
In a separate development, the Warner Mycal Cinemas Hanyu theater in Saitama Prefecture is showing the live-action "Washimiya Monogatari ~Shōkōkai no Chōsen~" film short from April 10 to 16. The Washimiya Shrine and surrounding town became an "anime mecca" after being showcased in the Lucky Star manga and anime. In the short's story, a university student is producing a PR film about the town when he experiences his own coming-of-age story. Both local residents and anime fans appear in the film short.
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