To celebrate the second season of the popular "Oreimo" animated TV series, Chiba Urban Monorail Co. decks out its train with characters from the anime and also use them to increase local tourism.
The "Oreimo"-themed monorail train will operate until June 30.
In addition to decorating the exterior of the train, the anime characters are featured in in-train advertising to provide passengers with helpful tips about local sightseeing facilities and shops.
The collaboration was made possible as the anime is set in Chiba, with the monorail line, Chiba Station and Chiba Koen park and other local spots featured in the story. Special train tickets featuring "Oreimo" characters and other related items were released after the anime's first season aired in 2010.
The second season premiered on April 6.
"Oreimo," short for "Ore no Imoto ga Konnani Kawaii Wakega Nai" (There is no way my little sister can be this cute), is adapted from a light novel of the same name by Tsukasa Fushimi. It follows the daily life of a normal high school boy named Kyosuke. His relationship with his younger sister Kirino, who is prodigious and enjoys a good life, is a cold and distant one. But it all changes one day when she reveals her secret to him that she is actually into "otaku" (geek) culture, which draws them closer.
For more information, visit the official websites of the anime at (http://www.oreimo-anime.com/) and Chiba Urban Monorail at (http://www.chiba-monorail.co.jp/2_enjoy/ticket/2012/kinenticket_121021.html).
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