Girls' Last Tour

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Girls' Last Tour
Girls' Last Tour, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga tankōbon volume, featuring Chito (left) and Yuuri (right)
少女終末旅行
(Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō)
Genre
Manga
Written byTsukumizu
Published byShinchosha
English publisher
MagazineKurage Bunch
DemographicSeinen
Original runFebruary 21, 2014January 12, 2018
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTakaharu Ozaki
Produced by
  • Mitsuhiro Ogata
  • Shō Tanaka
  • Noritomo Isogai
  • Tomoaki Iwasaka
Written byKazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music byKenichiro Suehiro
StudioWhite Fox
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, TVQ
Original run October 6, 2017 December 22, 2017
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Girls' Last Tour (Japanese: 少女終末旅行, Hepburn: Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukumizu. It was serialized monthly through Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch manga website between February 2014 and January 2018 and collected in six tankōbon volumes. An English release of the manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press.[4] A 12-episode anime television adaptation produced by White Fox, mainly covering the manga's first 4 volumes, aired in Japan between October and December 2017.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

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

Characters[edit]

Chito (チト)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[7] (Japanese); Cat Thomas[8] (English)
One of the two main protagonists. Nicknamed "Chii-chan," she has dark hair. She has a wide knowledge of machines and drives the Kettenkrad. She is literate 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[7] (Japanese); Juliet Simmons[8] (English)
The second protagonist. Nicknamed "Yuu," she has blonde hair and is more easy-going than Chito. She cannot read, but is proficient with rifles and is a crack shot. She rides in the back of the Kettenkrad. Yuuri has little fear of the unknown and is quite adventurous. She is driven by her personal desires such as often wanting to eat more food than they have.
Kanazawa (カナザワ)
Voiced by: Akira IshidaEp. 3 credits (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski[8] (English)
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 them to continue his mapping project.
Ishii (イシイ)
Voiced by: Kotono MitsuishiEp. 6 credits (Japanese); Stephanie Wittels[8] (English)
A scientist who lives in an abandoned airbase who is building an airplane based on old records so that she can fly to another city. She helps fix Chito and Yuuri's Kettenkrad and enlists their help to finish the airplane. She gives Yuuri and Chito potatoes and tells them where to find more.
Nuko (ヌコ)[a]
Voiced by: Kana HanazawaEp. 10 credits (Japanese); Kalin Coates[8] (English)
A mysterious small creature that is long and white, resembling a cat which Chito and Yuuri pick up on their journey. It communicates with the girls via radio signals. Nuko can shape-shift to activate mechanisms and likes eating bullets. It is later revealed to be part of a species which consumes weapons and power sources to stabilize them. After being discovered by more of its own kind, 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.[9] Yen Press released the series in North America. A manga anthology illustrated by various artists was released on October 13, 2017.[10]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 November 8, 2014[11]978-4-10-771781-8May 23, 2017[12]978-0-31-647062-9
2 July 9, 2015[13]978-4-10-771830-3August 22, 2017[14]978-0-31-647064-3
3 February 9, 2016[15]978-4-10-771874-7November 14, 2017[16]978-0-31-647068-1
4 November 9, 2016[17]978-4-10-771929-4February 27, 2018[18]978-0-31-641598-9
5 September 8, 2017[19]978-4-10-772009-2December 11, 2018[20]978-1-97-538093-9
6 March 9, 2018[21][22]978-4-10-772060-3
978-4-10-772019-1 (LE)
February 19, 2019[23]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.[24] The series aired in Japan between October 6 and December 22, 2017 on AT-X and other stations.[25] 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".[26] Sentai Filmworks have licensed the series and streamed the series on Anime Strike.[27] MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK.[28] Each episode consists of 2 to 3 short interconnecting stories.

No. Title[b] Original air date
1"Starry Sky"
Transcription: "Hoshizora" (Japanese: 星空)
"War"
Transcription: "Sensō" (Japanese: 戦争)
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)

In a time following a massive war, two girls, Chito and Yuuri, travel aimlessly through a dark abandoned factory in their Kettenkrad. After Yuuri slobbers all over her hand during her sleep, Chito realizes that they can use a wet finger to find a way out by feeling the direction of the breeze and they emerge to see a starry sky.

The next day, the girls explore a battlefield from the apocalyptic war and come across an abandoned plane. They find explosives and rations. Surprisingly, Yuuri pulls her gun on Chito and demands the last piece in a ration pack.
2"Bath"
Transcription: "Furo" (Japanese: 風呂)
"Journal"
Transcription: "Nikki" (Japanese: 日記)
"Laundry"
Transcription: "Sentaku" (Japanese: 洗濯)
October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)

Taking shelter from a snowstorm, Chito and Yuuri discover a power plant with hot running water and they use it to fill a metal tank to take a makeshift bath.

Chito becomes upset at Yuuri when she throws one of Chito's books onto the fire to keep warm during the night.

The next day, after the storm passes, the girls collect drinking water in a river created by melting snow. They decide to wash their clothes as well and come across a dead fish which they roast for dinner.
3"Encounter"
Transcription: "Sōgū" (Japanese: 遭遇)
"City"
Transcription: "Toshi" (Japanese: 都市)
"Streetlights"
Transcription: "Gaitō" (Japanese: 街灯)
October 20, 2017 (2017-10-20)

While searching for the source of the fish they ate, the girls are impeded by a chasm dividing the city. They encounter another survivor named Kanazawa after he demolishes a building to create a bridge across the gap.

Kanazawa has been mapping the abandoned city and hitches a ride with the girls as they make their way using his maps. They reach the base of a tower and the group take an external freight elevator towards the upper levels of the city. However, the elevator suddenly tilts, causing Kanazawa to drop his maps and he becomes despondent. Yuuri manages to cheer him up, and in gratitude Kanazawa gives the girls his camera.

As Kanazawa sets off alone to start redrawing his maps, night falls and the girls watch the street lights come on.
4"Photograph"
Transcription: "Shashin" (Japanese: 写真)
"Temple"
Transcription: "Jiin" (Japanese: 寺院)
October 27, 2017 (2017-10-27)

Yuuri uses Kanazawa's camera to take photographs of curious tall, white stone statues around the city while Chito discovers the camera's self-timer.

Later, the girls are exploring a temple when their lantern suddenly goes out. Yuuri fumbles around in the darkness until they both discover a bright room with a pond and fake metal lily pads.
5"House"
Transcription: "Jūkyo" (Japanese: 住居)
"Nap"
Transcription: "Hirune" (Japanese: 昼寝)
"The Sound of Rain"
Transcription: "Amaoto" (Japanese: 雨音)
November 3, 2017 (2017-11-03)

The girls explore the city and spend the night in an sparsely furnished apartment, picturing what it would be like to live in a house.

Feeling tired after staying up all night, Chito takes a midday nap and has peculiar dreams in which she is threatened by a gigantic Yuuri.

Later, the girls shelter from the rain in some ruins, taking an interest in the sound the dripping rain makes when hitting various objects.
6"Accident"
Transcription: "Koshō" (Japanese: 故障)
"Technology"
Transcription: "Gijutsu" (Japanese: 技術)
"Takeoff"
Transcription: "Ririku" (Japanese: 離陸)
November 10, 2017 (2017-11-10)

While exploring the city, the Kettenkrad breaks down and Chito cannot fix it.

The girls encounter a woman named Ishii who offers to fix their vehicle in exchange for helping her. Together they finish constructing a simple airplane which Ishii is building from old plans in an effort to escape and reach a neighboring city.

Once completed, Ishii sets off in her airplane, only for it to fall apart shortly after take-off. Luckily, she manages to parachute out safely and she slowly drifts down to the lower levels of the city.
7"Labyrinth"
Transcription: "Meiro" (Japanese: 迷路)
"Cooking"
Transcription: "Chōri" (Japanese: 調理)
November 17, 2017 (2017-11-17)

The girls enter a labyrinth of large pipes while following Ishii's map to a food manufacturing plant. Chito struggles with her fear of heights as she and Yuuri walk on top of the pipes before discovering there is a actually pathway inside them.

They eventually find a facility filled with machines and cooking ingredients; powdered potato, sugar and salt. The girls deduce that they were used to make rations, and using the ingredients they bake their own food bars using one of the huge ovens.
8"Memory"
Transcription: "Kioku" (Japanese: 記憶)
"Spiral"
Transcription: "Rasen" (Japanese: 螺旋)
"Moonlight"
Transcription: "Gekkō" (Japanese: 月光)
November 24, 2017 (2017-11-24)

Back outdoors, the girls discover a strange place featuring tall black slabs filled with drawers. Yuuri finds a mysterious device and other seemingly meaningless objects inside them. Chito deduces that the drawers are graves containing the belongings of those who have died so they would be remembered.

Afterwards, the girls ascend a spiralling path up another tower in their Kettenkrad. They are forced to take an outside path which dangerously collapses behind them, but they manage to reach the summit.

Exploring the top of the tower, the girls find some bottles of beer and spend the night getting drunk under the moonlight.
9"Technology"
Transcription: "Gijutsu" (Japanese: 技術)
"Aquarium"
Transcription: "Suisō" (Japanese: 水槽)
"Life"
Transcription: "Seimei" (Japanese: 生命)
December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01)

While exploring a facility, the girls are surprised by a large construction robot which is oblivious to their presence.

They then discover an aquarium containing a single fish guarded by a robotic caretaker. It explains that the facility was once used for fish farming. The robot allows the girls to swim in one of the empty aquarium tanks, although Chito almost drowns.

Later, the large construction robot begins dismantling the facility apparently due to a bug in its programming. This leads Chito to engage the caretaker robot in a discussion about what it means to be alive. Fearing for the fish's life, the girls save it by destroying the construction robot using explosives.
10"Train"
Transcription: "Densha" (Japanese: 電車)
"Wavelength"
Transcription: "Hachō" (Japanese: 波長)
"Capture"
Transcription: "Hokaku" (Japanese: 捕獲)
December 8, 2017 (2017-12-08)

The girls drive their Kettenkrad onto a goods train, finding its carriages filled with broken down machines. They disembark at the last station and ride an inclined elevator towards the top of the building.

As they ascend, Yuuri starts hearing music coming from the radio she picked up earlier which they hear more clearly as they reach the surface.

The next day, as the girls explore a large hole for some drinking water, they discover a small long, white life-form. They discover that it can communicate with them using their radio. Naming it "Nuko", the girls decide to take it with them on their journey.
11"Culture"
Transcription: "Bunka" (Japanese: 文化)
"Destruction"
Transcription: "Haretsu" (Japanese: 破壊)
"The Past"
Transcription: "Kako" (Japanese: 過去)
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)

Yuuri discovers that Nuko likes to eat bullets and begins feeding it while Chito finds a book on war and civilization written in English. They soon arrive at a huge clockwork-type contraption, where music starts playing on the radio again. They decide to head towards the source of the broadcast.

The girls are interrupted by an incredibly large robot which crashes down in front of them. Nuko powers up the robot and Yuuri tries out some of its weapons, causing massive destruction to the city.

The next day, the girls follow the music's signal to a still functioning submarine lying in the snow, inside of which they find an array of nuclear missiles.
12"Connection"
Transcription: "Setsuzoku" (Japanese: 接続)
"Friends"
Transcription: "Nakama" (Japanese: 仲間)
December 22, 2017 (2017-12-22)

While exploring the submarine, the girls inadvertently synchronize their camera to the submarine's computer and it displays their photographs, plus those Kanazawa took before giving them the camera. Among the computer files, they find videos of people and past events, including the war which led to the destruction of humanity. Later, a larger Nuko resembling the pillars they encountered earlier, suddenly appears and swallows Yuuri. Chito pursues the creature outside the submarine and finds Yuuri safe as the creature had only wanted to ingest her radio. The creature then explains that their purpose is to consume and stabilise unstable energy, like power sources and weapons. It says that life activity on Earth will eventually come to an end. It explains that their work in the city has finished as more creatures emerge from the missile tubes. It says that Yuuri and Chito are the only humans they have detected up to this level. Slowly, the tops of the creatures expand and open like mushrooms, then they begin to drift upwards together like dandelion seeds taking Nuko with them.

With the submarine now completely shut down, Chito and Yuuri continue their journey towards the top level of the city, with a new sense of camaraderie and their importance 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.[29] The manga also won the Seiun Award for Best Comic in 2019.[30][31]

The anime series won the "Best Slice of Life" category in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2018.[32] IGN also listed Girls' Last Tour as one of the best anime of the 2010s, describing it as a "morose anime" which is "made brighter through [Chito and Yuuri's] perspective on a barren world".[33]

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]

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  2. ^ DJ Horn (June 29, 2017). "Girls Last Tour Vol. #01 Manga Review". The Fandom Post. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "Binge Girls' Last Tour". Hidive. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
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  5. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (August 11, 2017). "Girls' Last Tour TV Anime's Teaser Promo Video Reveals October Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (December 21, 2018). "Girls' Last Tour Manga's Twitter Account Hints at 'Reboot'". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 7, 2017). "Girls' Last Tour Anime Casts Inori Minase, Yurika Kubo & Debuts October 6". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Girls' Last Tour Official English Cast Reveal". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 6, 2018). "Tsukumizu's Girls' Last Tour Manga Ends on Friday". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō Kōshiki Ansorojī Komikku (MFC)" 少女終末旅行 公式アンソロジーコミック (MFC) [Girls' Last Tour Official Anthology Comic (MFC)]. Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved October 16, 2017.
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  13. ^ "つくみず 『少女終末旅行 2巻』" (in Japanese). Shinchosha. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
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  20. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 5". Yen Press. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "つくみず 『少女終末旅行 6巻』" (in Japanese). Shinchosha. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  22. ^ "つくみず 『少女終末旅行 6巻 ラバーストラップ付き限定版』" (in Japanese). Shinchosha. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  23. ^ "Girls' Last Tour, Vol. 6". Yen Press. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  24. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 2, 2017). "Kadokawa Announces Girls' Last Tour Anime & Original Anime Project". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  25. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 7, 2017). "Girls' Last Tour Anime Casts Inori Minase, Yurika Kubo & Debuts October 6". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  26. ^ "PRODUCTS - MUSIC". Girls' Last Tour (in Japanese). Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  27. ^ Ressler, Karen (September 26, 2017). "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Girls' Last Tour for Anime Strike Simulcast". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  28. ^ MVM Entertainment [@MVM_UK] (October 28, 2017). "Our first few announcements begin with Battle Girls High School, Girls' Last Tour & Himouto! Umaru-chan R Season 2! Price & format tba" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  29. ^ "2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens". Young Adult Library Services Association. American Library Association. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  30. ^ "2019年 第50回星雲賞" (in Japanese). Federation of Science Fiction Fan Groups of Japan. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
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  32. ^ "The Anime Awards". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  33. ^ "The Best Anime of the Decade (2010 - 2019)". IGN. January 1, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2020.

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