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Saga Prefecture's 4 Anime Shorts Now Streaming With English Subtitles

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Saga Prefecture's four anime shorts created to promote the area's tourism are now streaming with English subtitles.

"Okaeri" ("Welcome Back") follows high school senior Sora who is aiming to be a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, Sora is injured and finds that the path to being a pro in Tokyo is now closed to him. He decides to find a new path in Saga Prefecture's Karatsu city.

Kappei Yamaguchi stars as Sora. Kotono Mitsuishi voices the character's mother, Miyoko. Saga native Sayaka Matsuya is performs the short's ending theme "Taisetsuna Basho" (Important Place). Hajime Kamegaki directed the short at TMS Entertainment with a script by Hideki Sonoda (Beyblade Burst, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction) and character designs by Junko Yamanaka.

"Tadaima" ("I'm Home") follows a Thai foreign exchange student named Mei who finds herself bewildered when she first arrives at Saga station. She gets on a bus and, through interactions with the residents of Saga wherever she goes, she makes her own "precious memories."

The short is directed by Akitarō Daichi, written by Hideki Sonoda, and features characters designed by Junko Yamanaka. Kaori Nazuka stars as Mei and Kotono Mitsuishi stars as Mei's mother, Jun.

The shorts premiered at an event at the Saga Prefectural Museum of Art on March 11. Both Sonoda and Yamaguchi attended the event. The shorts then aired on YouTube on March 12.

The YouTube channel also added Pony Canyon's Saga Prefecture shorts from last year. "Yakusoku no Utsuwa - Arita no Hatsukoi" is set in the town of Arita, and is a youth story highlighting the scenery of Arita. It stars Hiro Shimono in the role of Jun Uchiyama, and Saori Hayami in the role of Nao Akiyama.

"Fuyu no Chikai, Natsu no Matsuri - Takeoshi no Dai-Kusunoki," is set in the city of Takeoshi, and centers on two characters, a boy and a girl, who grow up watched over by a large camphor tree that endures the time and seasons. It stars Nao Tōyama as Rinko Yamaguchi, and Nobunaga Shimazaki as Sōta.

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