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The anime studio P.A. Works (true tears, CANAAN, Angel Beats!, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva) began streaming a promotional video for its upcoming anime project Mai no Mahō to Katei no Hi (Mai's Magic and Family Day) on Sunday. In the story, eight-year-old second-grader Mai Tatsumi uses magic to understand her family's feelings. Moeko Shimizu created the original concept with "Getsuyōbi wa 'Katei no Hi'" (Monday is "Family Day"), the winning entry in a writing contest she entered in 2005 when she was a fourth-grader.
The 29-minute anime will run on three over-the-air stations in the central western Japanese prefecture of Toyama and nine cable television systems this February and March. The anime will also be streamed on the Internet via YouTube for free. The project is intended to raise awareness for "Toyama Prefectural Family Day," which is held on the third Sunday of every month.