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Hanasaku Iroha Triggers Financial Increase for Local Railroad Line

by ap19
Apr 22, 2012 3:38 AM | 52 Comments
According to the Hokuriku Chuunichi Newspaper (April 21st), the anime Hanasaku Iroha has triggered a financial increase for the Noto Railroad Line, a local line in Ishikawa Prefecture (northern central Japan). Daisan Sector Tetsudou, the railroad company responsible, claims that they will experience an increase in annual tourist income that has not occured since the railroad line was shortened in 2005. Nishigishi Station, the model of Yunosagi Station from the anime, has become the center of attraction for Hanasaku Iroha fans. Daisan Sector has been taking measures to reproduce the atmosphere of the station in the anime. They have also created train cars with Hanasaku Iroha themes, in which tourists may hear announcements done by the voice actresses in the anime.

Mamiko Noto, the voice actress for Tomoe Wajima, was born in Ishikawa Prefecture, and her family has been accredited for supervising the use of Kanazawa dialect within the anime.

Go Nagai, the mangaka known for Mazinger Z, was also born in Ishikawa Prefecture, and there have also been train cars with Mazinger Z themes as well.

Despite the recent Rinne no Lagrange dilemma, this effect may bring more attention to the use of "anime power" for further augmentation in local transportation systems.

Source: Hokuriku Chuunichi Newspaper (Japanese)

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OrochiPL said:
A train announcements by Noto Mamiko. Oh god. щ(゚Д゚щ)

I'm so jealous. God damn it.

Aug 11, 2012 2:49 PM by Hene

giving more reason to have a 2nd season xP

Apr 23, 2012 2:13 PM by Lulexiaa

now make a hotspring inn exactly like the anime . I dunno how many fans of the anime will be sold to tht

Apr 23, 2012 12:39 PM by ipeka

lolz Only in Japan

Apr 23, 2012 11:30 AM by fire_alchemist

antibiotictab said:

In Keihin Kyuko Shioiri Station, an announcement by Ayana Taketatsu. The promotion of Tamayura Hitotose.


after seeing Tamayura banner on official city site and some more photos of events with this
I like it - but it seems to work for series like this (Hanasaku counts here also)

but Ayana Taketatsu? really?!
Yuko Gibu should do it... by whistling the schedule XDD THAT would be awesome
in either case there would be probability that I would miss the train ;)

Apr 23, 2012 8:27 AM by Dalek-baka

imperlast said:
mitch3315 said:
Anime, making everyone's life better.


and japan thinks otaku's where bad


All Anime are not for otaku. Everybody loves Miyazaki's Anime in Japan.
Some hate otaku, on the other hand, the same people also loves Ghibli's works.
Even old guys have watched Anime like Yamato, Ashita no Joe, Cyborg 009 and so on in their childhood. In case of Joe, Rikiishi's funeral was actually held. He was Joe's rival died in the story. It was March 24th, 1970. Even though young boys and girls then, now they are nearly 60.
That's why those kinds of events are accepted.

Apr 23, 2012 8:09 AM by antibiotictab

mitch3315 said:
Anime, making everyone's life better.


and japan thinks otaku's where bad

Apr 23, 2012 1:28 AM by imperlast

tembikai said:
i want go inside Ohana.

i mean train


This, not the train part though.

Apr 23, 2012 12:51 AM by mitch3315

i want go inside Ohana.

i mean train

Apr 22, 2012 11:24 PM by tembikai

real o.o lol, made such an impact.
i guess i should finish the anime then after hearing this piece of news.

Apr 22, 2012 9:58 PM by JK

well it should be a good thing right

Apr 22, 2012 9:46 PM by Mr_Gutts

JoshSalas said:
ataraxial said:
JoshSalas said:
ataraxial said:
JoshSalas said:
Represent my Ohana profile pic.

destructo22 said:
That's how you fest it up.


Haha. Came into the thread to say this.

Would've been more effective if you hadn't switched your forum set to Taiga.


I know. Definitely going back closer to the release of the second season.

Sounds like a plan. Do we already know that's it's a second season and not an OVA?


I originally thought we did, but we don't. However,it's supposed to air in October, which coincides with fall anime. So it could be.

Crossing my fingers for it to be a second season. That would be excellent.

Apr 22, 2012 7:16 PM by ataraxial

ataraxial said:
JoshSalas said:
ataraxial said:
JoshSalas said:
Represent my Ohana profile pic.

destructo22 said:
That's how you fest it up.


Haha. Came into the thread to say this.

Would've been more effective if you hadn't switched your forum set to Taiga.


I know. Definitely going back closer to the release of the second season.

Sounds like a plan. Do we already know that's it's a second season and not an OVA?


I originally thought we did, but we don't. However,it's supposed to air in October, which coincides with fall anime. So it could be.

Apr 22, 2012 7:11 PM by Josh

JoshSalas said:
ataraxial said:
JoshSalas said:
Represent my Ohana profile pic.

destructo22 said:
That's how you fest it up.


Haha. Came into the thread to say this.

Would've been more effective if you hadn't switched your forum set to Taiga.


I know. Definitely going back closer to the release of the second season.

Sounds like a plan. Do we already know that's it's a second season and not an OVA?

Apr 22, 2012 7:06 PM by ataraxial

ataraxial said:
JoshSalas said:
Represent my Ohana profile pic.

destructo22 said:
That's how you fest it up.


Haha. Came into the thread to say this.

Would've been more effective if you hadn't switched your forum set to Taiga.


I know. Definitely going back closer to the release of the second season.

Apr 22, 2012 6:58 PM by Josh

I want to visit that place, the country side of Japan, the green side :)

Apr 22, 2012 5:06 PM by Kazeshini

OrochiPL said:
A train announcements by Noto Mamiko. Oh god. щ(゚Д゚щ)


Now that's something.

Apr 22, 2012 3:42 PM by SilentTruth

JoshSalas said:
Represent my Ohana profile pic.

destructo22 said:
That's how you fest it up.


Haha. Came into the thread to say this.

Would've been more effective if you hadn't switched your forum set to Taiga.

Apr 22, 2012 3:34 PM by ataraxial

Kvakond said:
Unlike in Rinne no Lagrange, Hanasaku Iroha did a modest promotion of the area and it somewhat fitted the story better. The least you could call it tasteful promotion. Rinne no Lagrange was just too in your face and disgusting.


this!~

Apr 22, 2012 2:46 PM by Corpse69

Honestly, I was thinking on going there next month when I'll be in Japan (I love the Kanazawa/Toyama region and have never been to the specific location the anime takes place in Noto peninsula up north - the landscapes and ryokans seem gorgeous). Anyway, some places have been really crowded by otakus in "pilgrimage" lately in Japan, Shirakawa-go (Hinamizawa) for one, to the great displeasure of local population...

Apr 22, 2012 2:15 PM by Jacut

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