Girls' Last Tour

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Girls' Last Tour
Girls' Last Tour, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of manga as released in Japan by Shinchosha.
少女終末旅行
(Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō)
Genre Drama, science fiction[1][2]
Manga
Written by Tsukumizu
Published by Shinchosha
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Kurage Bunch
Original run February 21, 2014January 12, 2018
Volumes 6
Anime television series
Directed by Takaharu Ozaki
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by Kenichiro Suehiro
Studio White Fox
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, SUN, KBS, TVA, TVQ
Original run October 6, 2017 December 22, 2017
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Girls' Last Tour (少女終末旅行, Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō) is a Japanese manga series by Tsukumizu, serialized in Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch online magazine from February 21, 2014[3] to January 12, 2018 and collected in six volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press.[4] An anime television series adaptation directed by Takaharu Ozaki and animated by White Fox aired in Japan between October and December 2017.[5]

Plot[edit]

The series follows two girls, Yuuri and Chito, as they navigate the ruins of civilization after an unknown apocalypse, and as they travel in their modified Kettenkrad, they seek food and supplies while surviving day-to-day.

Characters[edit]

Chito (チト)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[6]
One of two protagonists. Nicknamed "Chii-chan," she has dark hair and a wide knowledge of machines. She drives the Kettenkrad. She is literate, unlike Yuuri, and an avid reader. She is generally calm and composed, but can be riled by Yuuri on occasion.
Yuuri (ユーリ, Yūri)
Voiced by: Yurika Kubo[6]
The second protagonist. Nicknamed "Yuu," she has blonde hair and is more easy-going than Chito, and she is also proficient with rifles. She rides in the back of the Kettenkrad. She is rather gluttonous, often wanting to eat more than they have.
Kanazawa (カナザワ)
Voiced by: Akira IshidaEp. 3 credits
A traveler Chito and Yuuri meet while trying to find a path to the upper stratum of the city. He is a cartographer who wants to map the entire city. He gifts his Camera to Yuuri and Chito, when he leaves, to continue his map.
Ishii (イシイ)
Voiced by: Kotono MitsuishiEp. 6 credits
A scientist who lives in an abandoned airbase. When Chito and Yuuri encounter her, she enlists their help to build an airplane based on old records so that she can fly to another city. She gives Yuuri and Chito potatoes and tells them where to find them.
Nuko (ヌコ)[a]
Voiced by: Kana HanazawaEp. 10 credits
A mysterious creature that Chito and Yuuri pick up on their journey, and they initially assume it to be a cat. It can shapeshift to activate mechanisms and communicate via radio signals, and has a habit of eating bullets. It is later revealed to be part of a species that consumes weapons and power sources to stabilize them, and it leaves with them.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Girls' Last Tour was written and illustrated by Tsukumizu and serialized in Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch online magazine between February 21, 2014 and January 12, 2018 and collected in six volumes.[7] Yen Press is releasing the series in North America. A manga anthology illustrated by various artists was released on October 13, 2017.[8]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 November 8, 2014[9]ISBN 978-4-10-771781-8May 23, 2017[10]ISBN 978-0-31-647062-9
2 July 9, 2015[11]ISBN 978-4-10-771830-3August 22, 2017[12]ISBN 978-0-31-647064-3
3 February 9, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4-10-771874-7November 14, 2017[14]ISBN 978-0-31-647068-1
4 November 9, 2016[15]ISBN 978-4-10-771929-4February 20, 2018[16]ISBN 978-0-31-641598-9
5 September 8, 2017[17]ISBN 978-4-10-772009-2December 11, 2018[18]ISBN 978-1-97-538093-9
6 March 9, 2018[19]ISBN 978-4-10-772019-1February 19, 2019[20]ISBN 978-1-97-532903-7

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by White Fox was announced by Kadokawa at Anime Expo 2017, with Takaharu Ozaki as director, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu in charge of series composition, and Mai Toda adapting the character designs for animation.[21] The series aired in Japan between October 6 and December 22, 2017 on AT-X and other stations.[22] The voice actresses of the protagonists, Inori Minase and Yurika Kubo, perform the opening and ending themes, "Ugoku Ugoku" (動く、動く, Moving, Moving) and "More One Night".[23] Sentai Filmworks have licensed the series and streamed the series on Anime Strike.[24] MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK.[25]

No. Title[b] Original air date
1"Starry Sky"
"Hoshizora" (星空)
October 6, 2017
"War"
"Sensō" (戦争)

In a time following a massive war, two girls, Chito and Yuuri, travel aimlessly through a dark abandoned factory. After Yuuri slobbers all over her hand during her sleep, Chito manages to find a way out by feeling the direction of the breeze. The next day, the girls explore a past battlefield and come across an abandoned plane, where they find explosives and rations.

2"Bath"
"Furo" (風呂)
October 13, 2017
"Journal"
"Nikki" (日記)
"Laundry"
"Sentaku" (洗濯)

Taking shelter from a snowstorm, Chito and Yuuri discover a power plant with hot running water, using it to make a makeshift bath. Afterwards, Chito gets upset at Yuuri when she accidentally throws one of her books onto a fire. The next day, after the storm passes, the girls go to collect some drinking water from the melted snow, deciding to wash their clothes as well. While doing so, they come across a dead fish and roast it for their dinner.

3"Encounter"
"Sōgū" (遭遇)
October 20, 2017
"City"
"Toshi" (都市)
"Streetlights"
"Gaitō" (街灯)

While pondering where the fish they ate came from, the girls come across another survivor named Kanazawa. Blowing up a building to allow them to cross a gorge and providing them with a map, Kanazawa gets a ride from the girls as they make their way to the upper levels of the city. Arriving at a tower at the center of the city, the group take an elevator towards the upper level. However, the elevator suddenly tilts, causing Kanazawa to drop all of his maps and become depressed. After Yuuri manages to cheer him up, Kanazawa leaves the girls with his camera before setting off to make more maps.

4"Photograph"
"Shashin" (写真)
October 27, 2017
"Temple"
"Jiin" (寺院)

Yuuri uses Kanazawa's camera to take pictures of curious stone statues all around the city while Chito discovers one of its functions. Later, the girls explore a temple when their lantern suddenly goes out, leaving Yuuri to fumble around in the darkness until they both discover a bright room.

5"House"
"Jūkyo" (住居)
November 3, 2017
"Nap"
"Hirune" (昼寝)
"The Sound of Rain"
"Amaoto" (雨音)

The girls spend the night in an empty apartment, picturing what it'd be like to live there. Feeling tired from staying up all night, Chito takes a midday nap and has a peculiar dream. Later, the girls take shelter from the rain, taking an interest in the sound the rain makes when hitting various objects.

6"Accident"
"Koshō" (故障)
November 10, 2017
"Technology"
"Gijutsu" (技術)
"Takeoff"
"Ririku" (離陸)

While trying to fix their broken down tank, the girls encounter a woman named Ishii. In exchange for agreeing to fix their tank, Ishii asks the girls to help her finish an airplane she can use to escape the city. Once completed, Ishii sets off on the plane only for it to fall apart mid-flight. Luckily, she manages to parachute safely down to the lower levels of the city.

7"Labyrinth"
"Meiro" (迷路)
November 17, 2017
"Cooking"
"Chōri" (調理)

Chito struggles with her fear of heights as she and Yuuri walk on top of some pipes before discovering there is a path inside them. They eventually find a facility filled with machines and ingredients, which they deduce were used to make rations. Using what ingredients they can find, the girls manage to make their own rations.

8"Memory"
"Kioku" (記憶)
November 24, 2017
"Spiral"
"Rasen" (螺旋)
"Moonlight"
"Gekkō" (月光)

The girls discover a strange place featuring black slabs filled with drawers, finding a mysterious device and other seemingly meaningless objects among them. After having a discussion about memories, Chito deduces that the drawers are graves containing the belongings of those who died so they would be remembered. Afterwards, the girls ascend a spiralling path up another tower, becoming forced to take an outside path that collapses behind them. Exploring the top of the tower, the girls find some bottles containing beer and spend the night getting drunk under the moonlight.

9"Technology"
"Gijutsu" (技術)
December 1, 2017
"Aquarium"
"Suisō" (水槽)
"Life"
"Seimei" (生命)

While exploring a facility, the girls discover an aquarium containing a single fish guarded by a robotic caretaker. Explaining that the facility was once used for farming, the robot allows the girls to swim in one of the empty aquarium tanks, only for Chito to wind up almost drowning. Later that night, the large construction robot also inhabiting the facility begins dismantling it, allegedly due to a bug in its programming. Fearing for the fish's life, the girls save it by destroying the construction robot using explosives, leaving Chito to ponder what it means for something to have life.

10"Train"
"Densha" (電車)
December 8, 2017
"Wavelength"
"Hachō" (波長)
"Capture"
"Hokaku" (捕獲)

The girls ride on a transport train, deciding to explore its carriages filled with broken down machines. After riding the train til the end, Yuuri starts hearing music coming from the radio she picked up earlier, which they hear clearly upon reaching the surface. The next day, as the girls explore a large hole for some water, they discover a strange lifeform that can communicate to them using the radio. Naming it "Nuko", the girls decide to take the creature with them on their journey.

11"Culture"
"Bunka" (文化)
December 15, 2017
"Destruction"
"Haretsu" (破壊)
"The Past"
"Kako" (過去)

While Yuuri trains Nuko to eat bullets, Chito picks up a book written in English. They soon arrive at a strange contraption, where music starts playing on the radio again. Deciding to head towards where the music is coming from, the girls are interrupted by a large robot falling in front of them. After Nuko powers up the robot, Yuuri tries out some of its weapons, causing great destruction to the city. The next day, the girls follow the music's signal to a fully functioning submarine, inside of which they find nuclear weapons.

12"Connection"
"Setsuzoku" (接続)
December 22, 2017
"Friends"
"Nakama" (仲間)

While exploring the submarine, the girls manage to sync all the pictures from their camera to the submarine's computer, including those Kanazawa took before he gave them the camera. Among the files, they find various videos of past events, ranging from a group of school girls designing their own robot to the war that led to the destruction of the world. Later, a larger Nuko resembling the pillars they have encountered suddenly appears and swallows Yuuri. Determined to save Yuuri at all costs, Chito pursues the creature outside the submarine and thankfully finds Yuuri safe and sound, as the creature had only ingested the radio she had with her. The creature then explains that their race's purpose is to consume and stabilise unstable energy, like power sources and weapons, saying that the world will eventually come to an end. Before leaving with Nuko, the creature point out that it and the rest of its kind have not discovered any other humans besides Yuuri and Chito, implying they may be among the final humans on Earth, but it also points out that, they have not checked the top level of the city. With the submarine completely shut down, Chito and Yuuri continue their journey towards the top level of the city, with a new sense of how important they are to each other.

Reception[edit]

The English release of the first two volumes were included on the American Library Association's list of 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.[26] Girl's Last Tour also won the "Best Slice of Life" category in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2017.[27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nuko's name is derived from neko (), the Japanese word for "cat," so to preserve the pun, Amazon's subtitles for the anime refer to Nuko as "Cut," while Yen Press' translation of the manga calls the creature "Ket."
  2. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Anime Strike.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Binge Girls' Last Tour on HIDIVE". HIDIVE. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Girls' Last Tour - Season 1: Sentai Filmworks". Amazon. Retrieved October 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ Tsukumizu. "少女終末旅行". Shinchosha (in Japanese). Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Girls' Last Tour - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Girls' Last Tour TV Anime Teaser Promo Video Reveals October Premiere". Anime News Network. August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Girls' Last Tour Anime Casts Inori Minase, Yurika Kubo & Debuts October 6". Anime News Network. September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tsukumizu's Girls' Last Tour Manga Ends on Friday". Anime News Network. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ "少女終末旅行 公式アンソロジーコミック (MFC)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved October 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "少女終末旅行 1 (BUNCH COMICS)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 1 - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ "少女終末旅行 2 (BUNCH COMICS)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 2 - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "少女終末旅行 3 (BUNCH COMICS)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 3 - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  15. ^ "少女終末旅行 4 (BUNCH COMICS)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 4 - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ "少女終末旅行 5 (BUNCH COMICS)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 5 - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 
  19. ^ "少女終末旅行 6 (BUNCH COMICS)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved January 11, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 6 - Yen Press". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved August 13, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Kadokawa Announces Girls' Last Tour Anime & Original Anime Project". Anime News Network. July 2, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Girls' Last Tour Anime Casts Inori Minase, Yurika Kubo & Debuts October 6". Anime News Network. September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  23. ^ "PRODUCTS|TVアニメ「少女終末旅行」公式サイト". Official anime site (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Girls' Last Tour for Anime Strike Simulcast". Anime News Network. September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Our first few announcements begin with Battle Girls High School, Girls' Last Tour & Himouto! Umaru-chan R Season 2!". Twitter.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  26. ^ "2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens". American Library Association. Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2017". Crunchyroll. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 

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