In the wake of a nationwide movement during the Bubble economy period, a small town in the countryside has revived its "mini-nation" tourism program; hiring five girls as travel ambassadors. The series will follow a year's time of the five girls as they work in the tourism agency of a small failing town in an effort to reinvigorate it.
I believe I'm truly gonna enjoy this Breathtaking Show
It Focuses everything in the Industry
Subjects are way too Simple and very informative.
It's not just about the atmosphere but also it's the way of life
Of Course Some characters do likable. Less recognized by some people out there. This series picks the Slice Of Life Routine of a Tourist which setback on a mesmerizing vacation on some areas to pay a visit or do some researches
By between the Show. Itself It's a worth watch
"Take Note I'm also quite learning while watching this*
Even though just a fifth of the season has aired and it's far too soon to mete out judgement on anything, I'm writing this because I noticed a dearth of previews - I hope this can offer some insight on those who are wondering whether to pick this show up or not.
As one can judge by the cover, this show features an all-female main cast with designs very reminiscent of Shirobako, which is arguably P. A. Works' best title; they might be trying to re-create that magic, albeit in a wildly different setting. If you liked that show, and want more of Cute Adults Doing
Responsible Things (with Pink Miyamori this time!), you should definitely give this a go.
Elaborating on the setting: The MC ends up being appointed as the 'Queen' of a rural town which had once styled itself as the Kingdom of Chupakabura, in an ill-fated attempt to re-invigorate its dying tourism industry. We follow her as she attempts to bring it back to life with the help of her newly-made friends and some peculiar townsfolk. It presents a fine puzzle to the viewers, which serves as a vehicle to introduce themes like rural depopulation, urban vs. rural life, the quiet decay of traditional art, tradition vs. avant-garde, and something as universal as finding a purpose in life.
If you like slow-burning Slice of Life shows with less drama, more natural conversation, lots of interspersed comedy and characters who are interesting because they feel real, this is for you. You can find your weekly dose of wholesomeness here. Tentatively 8/10 overall.
P.S.: The only fanservice you will find here is that the main cast gets a rich and varied wardrobe. Hey, just like in real life!
Story : 9/10
Actually, this one based on a personal taste. I enjoyed to watch this anime because I like work genre anime. Especially if MC live and work in village or mountain area. Just like Hanasaku Iroha, Barakamon, etc. So the first story is nice, a girl who cannot find a job in Tokyo go to Manoyama to becoma a Queen in local area (Who can expect this one? lol), found some friends and interesting things with a job in there.
Art : 8.5/10
Who can deny this one? P.A. Works original anime art always attractive in my eyes. Remember Shirobako character art or Hanasaku Iroha
nature art? P.A. Works keep their quality in this aspect. Just for info, I started want to watch this anime after I saw Yoshino standing on the ricefield with coronet in her head posters. (^^)
Sound : 10/10
Yeah, this one I can help it. But from the start, the opening song and video was so good. I just think I won't ever skip the opening for Sakura Quest. It's not only opening, BGM or sound effect also well done. And it's not stop there, Sakura Quest also give us a beautiful ending song.
Character : 7/10
It's not that bad actually, just because all of 5 warriors character actually seen in other anime. Yoshino as an energetic girl, Shiori as an airhead girl, Ririko as a silent girl, Sanae as adult girl, and Maki as a cool girl. Actually I need some new character in this anime. As I expect in P.A. Works original work anime. So it's good, but I expect something new in this anime.
Enjoyment : 8/10
I just don't know yet how to say about this one. Because I just watch 5 episodes yet. But so far this show really interesting for me. As I said, it always based on personal taste. But this one actually potential enough to become one of best working anime in the future.
Overall : 9/10
Maybe for some people, this show is a kind of boring (I'm not making an irony for one of the threads) but If u want to watch working anime, slice of life in the village anime, or want to know how interesting to live in japanese village, I recommend this one.
This review is a work in progress. Sakura Quest is a work in progress, and life is a work in progress. Sakura effortlessly illustrates the themes of the modern work environment, and the dilemmas of marketing a failed town, in such a way that a seemingly mundane premise utterly compelled me. Sakura Quest isn’t perfect, it doesn’t know all the answers to our questions. What do I want to work on? Am I putting enough effort into my work? Is this really the career path I want to head towards? What if I’m not passionate about this work? If I don’t continue down this path
will I be deemed a failure by the people around me for seemingly being a “quitter”? Sakura tackles these questions and more, but it doesn’t hand the viewer a black and white answer.
Near the end of episode 3, Yoshino Koharu, a fledgling young adult who has failed 30 job interviews (hits a little close to home), and who has been named the new Queen of Manoyama (due to a mix-up) gives her speech to a middling crowd, that she doesn’t yet know what she needs to do, or if she succeeds in reinvigorating the town if the Manoyama people even want it to happen. But she is going to do her damdest to figure that out over the next year of her being Queen. I mean how would she know the problem and solution to reinvigorating a tiny town that just jumped onto a fad, but never really caught much attention on its own anyways? They didn’t know the answer then or now. Starting something from pretty much the ground up is in most cases a very difficult and grueling project, and Sakura Quest really gets that, but that shouldn’t deter people away from trying. I mean Thomas Edison and his creation of the light bulb is a prime example of this. The story goes that it took Thomas Edison 10,00 attempts to perfect the light bulb, and those 9,999 ways of not creating the perfect lightbulb were valuable to the final product. And like Thomas Edison, Yoshino will continue her Manoyaman journey in order to create a town worth talking about (or at least on the outside if she becomes a master salesperson).
It is a continued theme throughout Sakura Quest of past tradition vs. innovation and technology, and it presents it in a way while goofy (and possibly counterintuitive to the realism displayed in Sakura Quest, I’m talking about the wacky genius inventor) shows that accepting the old and new can bring in a whole load of possibilities that couldn’t have been acquired if one of the options were shunned out right. The wood carving tradition of Manoyama has a treasured history, and is an artform that shouldn’t be messed with, but on the other hand it can be seen as a dying activity, that will fade to obscurity if wood carvers don’t make the effort to innovate and change with the times. Some citizens seem to be content with the relatively stable self-sufficient economy the town has seen, and the next generations can deal with the lackluster returns of the previous one, because if I don’t have to deal with it, then I don’t care what happens. Complacency kills, and is the reason we need to shake things up every once in a while, or else we won’t improve, but I mean if we can continue to maintain a stable level of happiness and comfort then how much does it really matter? This is an example of a gray question that Sakura Quest presents to the viewer for them to digest and really contemplate.
Now I have been really digging deep into the serious (not bad) themes and storylines in Sakura Quest up to this point, but that does not mean that the show is a downer. It will tell you straight up that life is a bitch, but it will soften the blow by presenting it with a group of adorable and multi-dimetional moe girls trying their best to market and liven up this little ho dunk town. Every character so far that has been given the ample amount of screen time has endeared themselves to my heart, by having intriguing backstories (with few enough details that you have to piece together information for yourself) and perspectives that make their contribution valuable to the ministry team. The main girl, Yoshino, has some heartful snark and brattiness at the beginning of the series and she views this middle of nowhere town as a bump in the road compared to Tokyo, because she always thought that Tokyo was the place to be because of all the “opportunities” it gives, and that is just a misconception and possibly denial on her part, and the different worldviews provided by her fellow ministers can really help to fill out the rest of her incomplete view on the matter. While incomplete perspectives can be detrimental, they really shape the people we become, and can be seen as a positive thing.
In fact her childhood experience and the pure wonderment and bliss that came from her being the Manoyama Queen for a day helped shaped the direction she wanted to take in her life, and if she hadn’t seen the picture of her memory in the Manoyama castle then she wouldn’t have made the connection considering the old and desolate appearance of the castle nowadays, and how that doesn’t align with the exuberant and lavish memory from her childhood. Often old and stubborn perspectives butt heads with each other in the show halting a lot of progress that could be made to rejuvenate the town. Hopefully with these five new girls, with new blood, they will be able to bring in new ideas and perspectives that the previous tourism board of Manoyama couldn’t have had, because of the specific circumstances from which they had come from.
These meaty and realistic themes are what has kept me in love with Sakura Quest, and I could go on about how much I love the content considering my multiple business majors, not to mentioned the other aspects of Sakura Quest that I never really talked about but are dope as well. The series’ cute and stylish appearance is always backed up with compelling topics and themes that I connect with and that I am trying currently to grasp. I find it a travesty that Sakura Quest is rated so lowly on MAL, and while ratings shouldn’t matter I still feel like this show deserves better, or at the very least more audience members then it has currently listed on MAL. Now if you want a TL;DR Sakura Quest is a heavenly mix of Shirobako (replace the don don donuts with beer) and Hanasaku Iroha with viewers coming for the aesthically pleasing presentation and rad OP/ED, but staying for the compelling themes about grasping career directions along with the workplace environment. If you are currently questioning your own life’s work then I implore you to try out the show, also fans of PA Works don’t let the poor score scare you away from this gem. The value to be found on this quest more than makes up for the cost. If the show continues to expand upon these themes and keeps me entertained in the process then I will be one happy camper.