Crowdfunding for Kyoto City Subway's Mascot Girl Anime Reaches Ten Times of Its Target

Voice actress audition for a new character Rei will open on May 30

The crowdfunding for a new short anime featuring the mascot girls of the Kyoto-city Subway started on March 18, and instantly reached its initial target of one million yen only in two hours. By the end of its campaign, it collected an amazing 10,422,000 yen, which was enough to produce a five-minute short and offer some merchandise of the girls.

 

 

 

 

Since 2013, Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau has held various promotional campaigns for its

subway service, titled "Chikatetsu ni Noru!" (Taking a Subway Train!), using high school girl characters

designed by Kyoto-born illustrator Kamogawa. In October 2014, Gyorai Eizou (Urawa no Usagi-chan)

produced a 15-second anime CM featuring the winners of the voice actress contest held at the Kyoto

International Manga Anime Fair 2014.

 

Gyorai Eizou's new short anime was originally planned to be produced as a 30-second PV and revealed

on September 25, 2016, for the 35th anniversary day of the subway. But due to the unexpected huge

success of the crowdfunding, its length is now expanded to five minutes, and its schedule is moved to

a later date. In addition, the acceptance for the audition for a new character Rei Uzumasa will open

on May 30. The winner is guaranteed to voice the character in the new anime and join the upcoming 

Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016 in September.

 

 

 


 

 

15-second CM produced in 2014

 

 

Moe Uzumasa

 

Saki Matsuga

 

Misa Ono

 

Source: Gyorai Eizou

 

images © Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau

 

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