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Tokyo's Kanda Festival to Feature Is the Order a Rabbit? Characters, Merchandise

posted on by Amanda Whalen

xarts has announced that characters from the cute slice-of-life anime Is the order a rabbit? will be taking part in the Kanda Festival in Tokyo on May 13 and 14. A collaboration visual featuring the characters dressed as shrine maidens has also been released. The visual, shown below, will be available for purchase as a poster, and other goods will be announced as the event gets closer.

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Voice actresses Rie Murakawa and Sora Tokui, who play the characters Megumi "Meg" Natsu and Maya Jōga respectively, are shown holding a poster of the image below.

The Is the order a rabbit? characters will have their own portable Shinto shrine, and they will travel to Kanda, Nihombashi, Akihabara, Otemachi, and Marunouchi as part of the festival procession. More details can be found on the event website.

The Kanda Festival is one of three great Shinto festivals held in Tokyo and commemorates Tokugawa Ieyasu's victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. It is held on the weekend closest to May 15 on odd-numbered years. The festivities are centered around the Kanda Myōjin Shrine in Akihabara.

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The Kanda Myōjin Shrine has Love Live! character Nozomi Tōjō as its official idol mascot, since she works at the shrine during the show. The shrine has previously sold official Love Live! charms and ema prayer boards.

Sword Art Online x Kanda Myōjin Shrine collaboration was also announced for this year's Kanda Festival, and a variety of limited edition merchandise will be sold.

The first season of the Is the order a rabbit? anime aired in spring 2014, and the second in October 2015. Both were streamed by Crunchyroll and licensed by Sentai Filmworks for North American release. A theatrical screening of a new special episode for the show, titled Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? ~Dear My Sister~, was announced for this spring but has been postponed.

Source: Is the Order a Festival?? event website via Yaraon
Image: Tokyo Convention and Visitors' Bureau


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