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New TV Anime 'Natsunagu!' Remembers 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes [Update 11/21]

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A 12-episode TV anime series titled Natsunagu! was announced on Monday. The anime has been produced entirely by Kumamoto's local government, as a part of the ongoing reconstruction efforts following the 2016 earthquakes. Three main staff and one main cast member were announced, all from Kumamoto Prefecture. The broadcast will begin in January 2020, with a free application to watch the episodes also in planning.

Synopsis
Natsuna Kunugi, a university student in Tokyo, visits Kumamoto in search of friends who she could not contact following the Kumamoto earthquakes. There, she meets local people who are full of compassion and uniqueness, including the energetic junior high school student, Izumi. A heartfelt coming-of-age story begins.

Cast
Izumi Chiba: Yoshino Aoyama (Wake Up, Girls!)

Staff
Director: Yasuyuki Honda (episode director of Kamisama Hajimemashita, Naruto)
Screenplay: Domeshi (Otona no Bouguya-san)
Producer: Shun Fukudome

Kumamoto was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on April 16, 2016, two days after a foreshock earthquake of magnitude 6.2. Numerous aftershock earthquakes were also recorded, reaching over 4.5 in magnitude. The disaster killed 50 people and injured at least 3,000, caused wide-spread damage, and forced multiple evacuations. Kumamoto Prefecture Tokyo Office Director stated that even though 3 years and 7 months have passed, there are still scars remaining today.

Official Twitter: @NatsunaguPR

Source: Comic Natalie

Natsunagu! on MAL


Update November 21
The official website announced two cast members on Thursday.

Cast
Natsuna Keyaki: Ai Hashimoto (Blood-C: The Last Dark)
Shige Chiba: Shigeru Chiba (3-gatsu no Lion)

Source: Comic Natalie
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Nov 18, 2:02 PM
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wow I will watch it for sure. I happy they do such good thing which is create an anime to remember the tragedy from back then
 
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Nov 18, 2:17 PM
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I'm in, shut and take my yen(I don't have any yen)
 
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This could be good, since its actually being funded by the local government I am more inclined to believe this isnt tastelessly taking a tragedy for profit but rather trying to get the word out there about the effect of it.

Immahnoob said:
Jizzy, I know you have no idea how to argue for shit,

tokiyashiro said:

Jizzy as you would call yourself because youre a dick The most butthurt award goes to you And clearly you havent watched that many shows thats why you cant determine if a show is unique or not Or maybe you're just a child who likes common stuffs where hero saves the day and guys gets all the girls. Sad taste you have there kid you came up to me in the first place making you look more like a kid who got slapped without me even knowing it and start crying about it to me

 
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Nov 18, 3:09 PM
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Looking forward to this one! I'll getting tissues ready already cause i expect there will be tears.
 
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This seems really nice. It'll probably a very heartwarming (and possibly tearjerking) show.

It's surprising to see Yoppi in this, since she was already in WUG.
I'm glad to see her in a new project.




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I can already feel a good cry coming on uuuugggh I can’t wait
 
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I might be mistaken but wasn’t Masaki Yuuasa also doing an anime about earthquakes sometime next year?
 
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Nov 18, 5:14 PM
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KuuhakuDesu said:
This seems really nice. It'll probably a very heartwarming (and possibly tearjerking) show.

It's surprising to see Yoppi in this, since she was already in WUG.
I'm glad to see her in a new project.


Yoppi's a Kumamoto native after all.

I'm gonna say this before the shows starts, but I hope her friends is okay.
 
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Definitely will be watching it. At least, I can see it from another perspective other than Tokyo M8.0.
 
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This sounds interesting. Very much looking forward to it.
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Definitely looking forward to this!

It’s a nice change of pace to see the local government behind this project. I’m hoping to see this project prevail!
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looking forward to this, look interesting
 
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Phlaryx said:
I might be mistaken but wasn’t Masaki Yuuasa also doing an anime about earthquakes sometime next year?
Yes, about Tokyo Earthquake.
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This has my curiousity. I hope it's something enjoyable and instructive.
 
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Wow! It's awesome!!
 
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ei.....Fukushima.
 
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Both natives of Kumamoto. Maybe they can get Rie Kugemiya in this.
 
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News Update
The official website announced two cast members on Thursday.

Cast
Natsuna Keyaki: Ai Hashimoto (Blood-C: The Last Dark)
Shige Chiba: Shigeru Chiba (3-gatsu no Lion)

Source: Comic Natalie
 
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Even if we don't get a simuldub, I would be really happy if Crunchyroll, Funimation, or Sentai gives this a weekly simulcast! The very premise is beautiful and it is like an anime activism series of sorts.

So, this is a political anime in the sense the prefectural government is funding this. However, the premise does sound very well-intended. I do hope this series sells well on DVD and that the project increase tourism and people to help the recovery efforts.
 
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