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Locodol Gets New Sequel Original Video Anime

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2 new mini albums, appointment as real-life tourism concierges also announced

The cast of the Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita (Locodol or Normal High School Girls Tried Being Local Idols) anime announced on Saturday that production on a new original video anime (OVA) has been green-lit. According to the Mainichi Shimbun paper's Mantan Web site, the new OVA will be a sequel to the last year's television anime. The cast made the announcement at the "Dai-2-kai Shoka no Nagarekawa Matsuri" (2nd Early Summer Nagarekawa Festival) event.

The event also announced that two new mini albums will both go on sale on July 29. The albums will feature songs by the character Yukari. The real-life city of Nagareyama in Chiba Prefecture appointed the anime's idol group Nagarekawa Girls and its "yuru-chara" (weak character) mascot Uogokoro-kun as the city's tourism concierges.

In Kōtarō Kosugi's original manga, high school girl Nanako became her town Nagarekawa's local idol at the request of her uncle. She and her upperclassman Yukari — a girl who seems perfect but ends up being airheaded — both become idols of their provincial area. They get interviewed (by the town's shopping center), go on television (low-budget cable), and hold concerts (on the roof of the department store). The girls' salaries come from the town's taxes, and together, the two form the "locodol" unit, Nagarekawa Girls.

Kosugi began serializing the manga in Ichijinsha's Manga 4-Koma Palette magazine in 2011, and Ichijinsha will publish the fourth compiled volume with a tentatively titled "Mirai-chan no Tanjōbi" (Mirai-chan's Birthday) drama CD in July. The manga inspired a television anime that ran from July to September last year, and an earlier OVA episode "Nagarekawa, Annai Shite Mita" (I Tried to Show You Around Nagarekawa) was bundled with the first Blu-ray and DVD on September 24. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, as well as the earlier OVA.

Sources: Animate.tv, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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