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According to Yomiuri Newspaper, the town of Kotoura in Tottori prefecture has been collaborating with the Kotoura-san manga and anime since last year to promote their tourism. Posters, goods, and original Kotoura-san manga introducing the special products of the town have been sold at the Kotoura Tourism Association office.

Kotoura-san's name card set
PR poster of tourism in Kotoura featuring Kotoura-san

After the beginning of the TV series, the name card sets featuring Kotoura-san have been flying off the shelves and the tourist bureau of the town is planning more collaboration projects. Although Kotura is not the model town of Kotoura-san, the author decided to title the manga after the town.

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One key data is that while 19400 copies of the name card were sold in the six months before the anime started, in the one month after the anime aired it sold 27100 copies, so the monthly sales of the name card jumped NINE TIMES after the anime started.

The news article also mentioned fans who took overnight train from Tokyo to visit this remote town Kotoura. Truly amazing thing.
So MAL finally starts locking news threads that are only a few weeks old?

I wonder where was the announcement of this change? Or we are seeing yet another case of changes made that impacted users but not communicated to them?

I wonder how long people would put up with this.

As much as I have a bunch of information to share about anime announced recently I cannot share it in news board, and the anime series is too disorganized and chaotic to share information except with people already interested in the particular series.
 
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Feb 10, 2013 5:50 AM

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Good idea - more money for the town, some PR for the town.
Nice that they are going for it, especially when it doesn't seem to be expensive thing to do.

It worked with Takehara and Tamayura or that city in Hanasaku Iroha, so why not follow it.

Well done :)
 
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Feb 10, 2013 7:09 AM

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Glad that another dark horse (like GirlPan last season) is attracting fans to local tourism :)
I'd probably go for a visit if I lived in Japan.
 
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Feb 10, 2013 7:27 AM

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Wow that is impressive.

Kotoura is currently one of my winter anime pick list so its good to hear good reception there.
 
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Feb 10, 2013 8:04 AM

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I hope this translates into BD sales! I have preordered the first few already, will do the rest when it gets closer so I don't have to keep redoing my orders (why doesn't amazon have an add-to-order option???).
 
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Damn, someone already referenced the "Hanasaku Iroha" effect.

But anyway, nice to hear! Hopefully this will inspire more productivity and such.
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Another great example of how anime can influence the economy (obviously only Japan's but you get the idea).
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I still love Kotoura-san so I'm happy about this. =D
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Feb 10, 2013 9:16 AM

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I actually wondered if there was a place called Kotoura after the last episode. Nice to hear in any case.
 
Feb 10, 2013 10:35 AM

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hyoka did the same thing too. this is quite interesting, :)


 
Feb 10, 2013 11:32 AM

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WOW! Impressive

 
Feb 10, 2013 12:57 PM

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So, pretty much the exact same thing happening in Ooarai due to GuP?
 
Feb 10, 2013 1:51 PM

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Didn't notice anything outstanding about the scenery in the show but okay.
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Feb 10, 2013 3:39 PM

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Nice job~!
 
Feb 10, 2013 5:14 PM

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Would be nice to visit Kotoura some day ^^
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Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.
 
 
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AiCon said:
Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.


Well if it go similarities with the real place, that will be a boost for the town. You know, money here money come.
 
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I see productplacement potential for future towns that want to boost their tourism:p
Maybe towns will stand in line with manga and anime to get their town used as a model
 
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AiCon said:
Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.


You forgot Kotoura's appartement...

No, but seriously, I can understand why it happened for GuP since we saw during a tank fight what the city looked like, but for Kotoura-san, meh.
 
 
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maybe you can visit the shrine she hid at? not quite as fun as visiting a kissaten destroyed in a street tank battle from GuP... but hey, tourism is yen is good so any tie in will be used these days no matter how small.
 
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>4:23 AM right now

I thought the title of this article was that terrorists attacked a town that's the setting in an anime haha...

.....that'd be a lot more interesting at least.
 
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>4:23 AM right now

I thought the title of this article was that terrorists attacked a town that's the setting in an anime haha...

.....that'd be a lot more interesting at least.


That would be an AKB0048 concert in Kotourachou...
 
Feb 11, 2013 8:33 AM
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Nice PR posters. It says you can get them if you visit that town now. It would surely attract tourists.

I checked Kotoura Newsletter. Gee, they hire native English speakers as TAs for English class. Must be fun to live there.
http://www.town.kotoura.tottori.jp/docs/2013013000033/files/17.pdf
Interesting read.
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Sugoi. I didn't even know the town existed.IMO It is a great idea.
 
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SetsukoHara said:
No, but seriously, I can understand why it happened for GuP since we saw during a tank fight what the city looked like, but for Kotoura-san, meh.

AiCon said:
Wonder what's the big deal. There was nothing in the show that was any different from any other town. Just a school and a street.
You forgot the home town of Kotoura-san IS KOTOURA-CHOU (you can see it in the train station in the latest episode). Perhaps the English sub did not translate that? Or people miss it when watching the show??

Besides, as the initial post said, the author got the name for Kotoura-san by picking the name from the name of the town. So it is only natural that he agrees with the town's proposal of using the manga for a collaboration project to boost local tourism. NOW THAT IS THE BIG DEAL - How often did you see collaboration coming from this kind of back story??
So MAL finally starts locking news threads that are only a few weeks old?

I wonder where was the announcement of this change? Or we are seeing yet another case of changes made that impacted users but not communicated to them?

I wonder how long people would put up with this.

As much as I have a bunch of information to share about anime announced recently I cannot share it in news board, and the anime series is too disorganized and chaotic to share information except with people already interested in the particular series.
 
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Wow. This is pretty interesting. I wonder how the people of the town feel about all of the business though.
 
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