For those who have used one of the two subway lines in Kyoto, Karasuma and Tozai, it is well-known that in the past few years Kyoto City, who runs these lines, has used a few animated female characters to promote and raise awareness of their transportation services. This campaign started in 2010, and it has been gradually increasing its popularity not only among anime fans but also among regular passengers and visitors alike. Check out the following YouTube video made by the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau.
Now, thanks to a crowdfunding effort, as dot. (in Japanese) reports, these characters will become a real anime. Because enough money was successfully raised, a 30 minute anime story will be made based on these characters, which is planned to premiere at the annual Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair also known as “Kyo-mafu” on September 17th and 18th 2016.
For those who are planning to visit Kyoto, whether you love Japanese pop culture or not, using subways in Kyoto is actually a very good idea even though it is not as popular as City Bus. For more information, read “How to Use Subways in Kyoto Wisely“.
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