Gainax Fukushima Studio Makes Anime Commercial Series for Bank

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Gainax's (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) new studio in Fukushima is creating a series of commercials for TOHO Bank. The animated shorts, which are viewable at TOHO Bank's website, star an energetic, young banker named Sayaka Hinata who lives in a city modeled after Aizuwakamatsu and Miharu in Fukushima.

A total of six commercials are planned and will air over the course of one year. Voice actress Sarah Emi Bridcutt (The Testament of Sister New Devil, Date A Live) stars as the heroine. Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama, Assassination Classroom) voices her 38-year-old supervisor, Osamu Mitsuya.

The studio and its museum opened this year to take more commissioned work from overseas. Locals hope that the museum and studio will draw tourists from abroad as well as from within Japan, and help revive Fukushima tourism in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.

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