Fukushima Gainax Makes Rescue Academia Anime About Minamisōma City
Anime studio Fukushima Gainax announced at a press conference on Sunday that it is producing an anime titled Rescue Academia. Fukushima Gainax president Yoshinori Asao announced the project, and revealed that Yui Makino and Taku Yashiro will voice characters in the anime.
The story will be set in the city of Minamisōma in Fukushima prefecture, and will center around a down-and-out protagonist who gets to know a robot while working rescue efforts. It will depict the friendship and growth of a group of children alongside the robot. Local traditional crafts such as Ōborisōmayaki pottery will appear in the story. Fukushima Gainax is producing the anime to promote Fukushima’s “Innovation Coast” initiative that aims to revive industry and tourism in the region after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The anime is currently in production, and is slated to be finished in 2018. The project is aiming for television broadcast. Asao hopes that, through the anime, a lot of people will head to Minamisōma.
Gainax opened the new studio in Fukushima last year. The new studio and museum makes use of a closed junior high school building. The studio recently announced its Flying Girls anime project set in Iwaki City, which is also in Fukushima prefecture.
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