Anohana Summer Festival Coming to Chichibu, This Year’s Special Event Will Be the Last

Anohana Summer Festival Coming to Chichibu, This Year’s Special Event Will Be the Last

An event for the popular series Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (Anohana), which was adapted into a TV anime in 2010 and an animated film in 2013, is coming to Chichibu on Aug. 31. The name of the event is “Anohana Summer Festival in Chichibu Final.”

Because the world of Anohana is modeled after Chichibu, it’s a place where many fans gather, and in 2012 and 2013, the Anohana Summer Festival was held to promote the area. The event is well known as a prime example of a collaboration between an anime and a city. This year marks the third consecutive year of the event, and it is once again expected to bring excitement to Chichibu.

Aug. 31, the day of the event, is also the day when last year’s Anohana the Movie released throughout Japan. The movie drew in 770,000 moviegoers and broke through 1 billion yen at the box office to become a huge hit.

This year’s event will celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the film. On the day of the event, there will be a screening of the movie, so fans will be able to look back on it once more. A discussion with the staff and cast will also take place. Participating in this will be the main female cast including Ai Kayano (Menma), Haruka Tomatsu (Anaru), and Saori Hayami (Tsuruko). In addition to this, there will also be a live performance of “Secret Base - Kimi ga Kureta Mono.” It will be a special day deserving of its festival name.

The most interesting aspect is the “Final” that appears in the event’s name. This year’s event will be the third Anohana Summer Festival, but it will also be the last. Though the series is a huge hit, it has already been concluded, so this event will serve as the proverbial icing on the cake. It will be a place to look back on the emotional series while freely enjoying it one last time.

Also currently ongoing in Chichibu until Sept. 30 is an event that makes use of the real-world locations in Anohana: the “Anohana Summer Rally 2014 in Chichibu.” For the event, participants scour the city in search of hidden characters and mysterious keywords. There are also hints to point participants in the right direction. Those who reach the goal with the correct keywords will receive an original clear file. Details on this event will be posted to the official site shortly.

Anohana Summer Festival in Chichibu Final
Date: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 20:00 (tentative)
Location: Chichibu Roadside Station (4625 Omiya, Chichibu, Saitama)
Performers: Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, Saori Hayami, and others
Admission: free

© Anohana Project

Source: animeanime

© Anohana Project
© Anohana Project

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