Madoka Magica's Kyōko Featured on Guide Dog Poster (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series announced on Sunday that this fall's promotional poster for the National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institution has been completed with the anime's Kyōko Sakura character on it. The anime's character designer Takahiro Kishida personally drew the original poster's illustration.
A special advance B3-size version of the poster is slated to be posted in elementary and middle schools (as well as some public institutions) in Fukuoka Prefecture starting Sunday. The poster promotes the volunteer "puppy walkers" who, in their own homes, raise guide dogs from three months after birth to the dogs' first birthdays. This year's poster feature Kyōko as a "puppy walker" walking a guide dog candidate Merō in a park in the morning. The background is from an opening sequence of Madoka Magica, but depicted at a different angle.
This is the 10th year that posters were created for the non-profit organization since Culture Day on November 3, 2001. Previous posters have been distributed to 3,500 schools and have featured art from Akio Watanabe (Poyoyon Rock), Junichi Seki, Future Boy Conan, Evangelion's Mari, Onegai My Melody, Before Green Gables, and Anne of Green Gables.
Update: More information added. The staff of Madoka Magica emphasized that the poster was produced to be displayed in schools (and some other public institutions), and cautioned individuals against calling or emailing about the poster.
Update: "Puppy walker" name corrected. Thanks, Artfan.
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