Sakura Quest Town Turns to Fans to Help Revitalize Local Pond
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
PA Works' Sakura Quest follows Yoshino Koharu as she finds herself whisked away to the rural town of Manoyama to drum up tourism as its "queen" and protector from the dreaded Chupakabura. The village of Manoyama isn't real, but it does take inspiration from real life locations within Japan. Manoyama is a conglomeration of Inami, Fukumitsu, and Johana, three rural towns that were later merged to form the town of Nanto in 2004.
Like many anime that draw inspiration from real locations, the town of Nanto is relying on Sakura Quest's popularity to better improve its real life tourism and landmarks. One of these locations is Sakuragaike Pond, which also appears in the anime series. The city is holding an event on May 20 to organize preservation tactics for the pond. Organizers want to focus on the cherry blossom trees that surround the pond so that visitors can enjoy scenery like that seen in episode 25.
Sakura Quest cast members Ayaka Nanase, Reina Ueda, Chika Anzai, Chiemi Tanaka, Mikako Komatsu and director Sōichi Masui and producer Kenji Horikawa will appear at the limited event. Only 120 individuals will be able to attend and attendance will be decided via lottery. The talk event will coincide with a tree-planting event at the nearby Sakuragaike Park. Admission is free to the tree planting event but entry might be limited depending on how large the turnout is. Visitors can offer donations to the "Sakuragaike Pond Quest" activities and receive postcards and posters for donations of 2,000 yen (US$19) or more.
Source: Comic Natalie