Promotional image featuring the main characters (from left to right): Ririko Oribe, Shiori Shinomiya, Yoshino Koharu, Sanae Kōzuki and Maki Midorikawa.
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Soichi Masui|
|Written by||Masahiro Yokotani|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, AT-X, ABC, BS11, TUT|
|Original run||April 5, 2017 – September 20, 2017|
Sakura Quest (Japanese: サクラクエスト Hepburn: Sakura Kuesuto) is a 25-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and directed by Soichi Masui. It aired from April 5 to September 20, 2017. The anime is described as part of P.A. Works' "working series", which tells the stories about people and their jobs, after Hanasaku Iroha and Shirobako.
Yoshino Koharu is a young woman looking for a job in Tokyo but is only met with a series of rejections. However, she has a seemingly lucky break when she receives a job offer to work with the tourism board of the economically struggling Manoyama village as their "Queen". With no other choice, Yoshino accepts the offer and travels to Manoyama only to find out that she was hired based on a case of mistaken identity and that her contract term is for one year instead of the one day, as she had initially thought. With nowhere else to go, Yoshino reluctantly becomes Queen of Manoyama.
- Yoshino Koharu (木春由乃 Koharu Yoshino)
- Voiced by: Ayaka Nanase (Japanese); Alexis Tipton (English)
- The main heroine. She grew up in a rural area in Japan and went to college in Tokyo in hopes of landing a job in the city, but after failing to land a job she gets an offer to work for the tourism department of Manoyama village.
- Shiori Shinomiya (四ノ宮しおり Shinomiya Shiori)
- Voiced by: Reina Ueda (Japanese); Tia Ballard (English)
- A native of Manoyama and member of the tourism board, Shiori is a friendly and kind hearted girl who wants to see the town improve and acts as Yoshino's guide.
- Maki Midorikawa (緑川真希 Midorikawa Maki)
- Voiced by: Chika Anzai (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
- An amateur actor and local celebrity in Manoyama, Maki is famed for a bit part she played in a television series called the Oden Detective.
- Ririko Oribe (織部凛々子 Oribe Ririko)
- Voiced by: Chiemi Tanaka (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)
- Ririko is the granddaughter of the local sweets shop owner and is a fan of the occult.
- Sanae Kōzuki (香月早苗 Kōzuki Sanae)
- Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell (English)
- A web entrepreneur, Sanae is a Tokyo native who moved to Manoyama to escape city life.
- Ushimatsu Kadota (門田丑松 Kadota Ushimatsu)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese); Mark Stoddard (English)
- The grouchy head of Manoyama's tourism board and the King of the town. He acts as Yoshino's direct superior. He was in a band with Chitose during his youth and planned to leave Manoyama, but stayed after an incident during the town's festival.
- Chitose Oribe (織部千登勢 Oribe Chitose)
- Voiced by: Maki Izawa (Japanese); Rachel Robinson (English)
- Ririko's grandmother who runs a sweets shop. She was in a band with Ushimatsu during her youth.
- Takamizawa (高見沢)
- Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese); Robert McCollum (English)
- Manoyama's sole bus driver.
- Yamada (山田)
- Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese); Dallas Reid (English)
- Mino (美濃)
- Voiced by: Daiki Hamano (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)
- Mr. Sandal (サンダルさん Sandaru-san)
- Voiced by: Vinay Murthy (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)
- Angelica (アンジェリカ Anjerika)
- Voiced by: Nanako Mori (Japanese); Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- Erika Suzuki (鈴木エリカ Suzuki Erika)
- Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa (Japanese); Jill Harris (English)
Broadcast and distribution
Sakura Quest is directed by Soichi Masui and produced by P.A.Works. It ran for 25 episodes and it aired in Japan from April 5 to September 20, 2017 on Tokyo MX, with further broadcasts on ABC, AT-X, BS11, and Tulip TV. Alexandre S. D. Celibidache is credited with the original work, and the screenplay was written by Masahiro Yokotani. Kanami Sekiguchi based the character design used in the anime on Bunbun's original designs. The music is produced by the band (K)NoW_NAME, who also perform the opening and ending themes. The first opening theme is "Morning Glory" and the first ending theme is "Freesia". The second opening theme is "Lupinus" and the second ending theme is "Baby's Breath". The anime is licensed by Funimation in North America with an English dub, and the series was streamed by Crunchyroll with English subtitles.
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