Miyagi Studio’s Tohoku Earthquake Memorial anime short streamed

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Ima, Futari no Michi, the anime short produced by Asahi Production’s spinoff studio in Miyagi disaster, began streaming on Wednesday. Miyagi was one of the prefectures hardest hit by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami:


Three people connected to Miyagi Prefecture were chosen to voice the short’s characters. The stage actress and Sendai native Natsu Yasumuro stars with voice actors and Shiogama natives Nobunaga Shimazaki (Ace of Diamond, Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club, Silver Spoon) and Kouichi Yamadera (Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, Ranma ½).

The Sendai Mediatheque library held the anime’s premiere at the “Anime Gyōkai Seminar” (Anime Industry Seminar) in Sendai’s Aoba ward last month. Studio Pierrot founding CEO Yuji Nunokawa spoke at the event that ran from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nunokawa is from Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, which is part of the Tohoku region that was heavily affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The anime aired on the BS11 channel’s news program Onze on March 8 at 6:00 p.m. The online video service Niconico began streaming the video for free on Wednesday, the fourth anniversary of the Tohoku disaster. The video will be available for one month.