ANIME NEWS: Manga-themed Kyoto tram runs through ancient capital

October 11, 2012

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Kyoto-based tram operator Eizan Electric Railway Co. (Eiden) has decked out its "Hidamari-go" cars with scenes featuring the popular "Hidamari Sketch" (aka "Sunshine Sketch") manga series.

The "Hidamari Sketch"-themed trains were introduced on Sept. 20 as the second in a series of collaboration projects between Eiden and manga publisher Hobunsha Co. that started in August.

The manga, by Ume Aoki, is running in Manga Time Kirara Carat comic magazine published by Hobunsha. The fourth season of a TV anime adaptation is slated to premiere in October.

The two-car 700 series trains featuring different illustrations, as well as emblems, will feature until March 31.

The railway operator is also offering special train tickets featuring six "Hidamari Sketch" characters starting from Sept. 30.

A ticket package includes two all-day tickets in the form of four-frame comic strip created by Aoki. The tickets comes mounted on cardboard featuring six characters of the manga series. One ticket set costs 2,000 yen ($25.50). Each passenger can purchase up to five sets. The company plans to offer 4,000 tickets.

Eiden is a local railway company that operates two lines in the ancient capital.

In 2011, the company collaborated with the "K-On!" manga and anime series to promote its feature film adaptation.

For more information, visit Eiden at (http://eizandensha.co.jp/eiden-event/) or follow the conversation at the official Twitter account at (https://twitter.com/eizandensha).

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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Special ticket featuring a "Hidamari Sketch" character ((c) Ume Aoki・Hobunsha/ Hidamari-so Kanri Kumiai)

Special ticket featuring a "Hidamari Sketch" character ((c) Ume Aoki・Hobunsha/ Hidamari-so Kanri Kumiai)

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  • Special ticket featuring a "Hidamari Sketch" character ((c) Ume Aoki・Hobunsha/ Hidamari-so Kanri Kumiai)
  • A design of the No. 723 car adorned with the manga characters ((c) Ume Aoki・Hobunsha/ Hidamari-so Kanri Kumiai)

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