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
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
Source: Gyorai Eizou
images © Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau