“Sakura” Girls Quest into Adulthood.

The spirit successor to Shirobako, a show about people, well cute university girls doing cute things. P.A really are good at making shows about everyday life interesting and makes learning life lessons worthwhile. WE don’t get many series about growing up after high school, so it is a good treat.

Please let me and sensei, take you on this journey to meet the Queen of Chubacabra kingdom, and her subjects.

“The series begins with Yoshino Koharu, who is a recent college graduate. Rejected from another job interview, she ends up taking an offer to work in the small agricultural town of Manoyama. She is reluctant at first, to the point of trying to escape and not be stuck in the boonies under a year-long contract. She joins a campaign by the Tourism Board to revitalize the town by becoming the town’s “Queen,” their version of a tourism ambassador. Gathering four others, her team must rejuvenate the town while navigating through rural politics and rallying the citizens to act.” The girls are not friends like Shirobako at the show’s beginning, but slowly becomes friends through their quest.

All the town shops have time to shine and the girls find themselves through many plans learn about the town

Entering the adult world is scary, especially when you have no idea what you want to do with your life, so you take anything to you can get. When some random agent calls Yoshino Koharu for a modeling job at Manoyama, in the countryside no less. Yoshino hated the countryside because she came to Tokyo to run away from it. She joins a campaign by the Tourism Board to revitalize the town by becoming the town’s “Queen,” their version of a tourism ambassador. Gathering four others, her team must rejuvenate the town while navigating through rural politics and rallying the citizens to act.

The show revolves around a core group of five girls: Yoshino, Shiori, Maki, Sanae, and Ririko.  They come from different backgrounds with different personalities. However, they all share the same goal and that’s to help the tourism agency reestablish Manoyama; a forgotten countytown, They each have their own personal problems. These range from graduating without a job or money, job depression, a rootless goal of a dream career, dealing with a town that gradually fades away, and living a life of isolation. In many ways, these social issues are very relatable. I, myself struggled with depression after graduation because I didn’t what to do with my life. I still don’t and I have a lot of anxiety.

Shirobako is about five girls trying to make in the animation industry with a range of different careers, while Sakura Quest is about adapting the past to make it relevant in the present. Japan has been dealing with the problem of low birth rate for years now. In particular, countryside areas have been losing their young people to the cities. Shops, restaurants, and markets loss of income leave a dying town. My favorite part of the anime is the bus route strike. The retired professor and the old population of the town banded together to strike to restart the bus route and made a change. It was really heartfelt to when the professor dies of the heart attack. He passed away but left a change on the town and its people.

This is a story about reviving the countryside, embracing yourself in adulthood, and allowing the old to walk with us into the future. Sakura Quest is a show about cute girls do cute things, but those cute things are real everyday things that we adults struggle with: dealing with family, finding a job, finding who you are

This anime is about taught me to have the gut and take on any opportunity that comes my way because you will experience something new and amazing. It taught me that just because something is a tradition does mean it is obsolete; it is about we meet the challenges and how we can have hope for the future.

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