The small coastal town of Oarai, Ibaraki prefecture has been the center of a lot of attention in Japan ever since the hit TV anime, Girls und Panzer premiered last October 2012. The town has felt a massive spike in tourism all because the anime was set in Oarai and it is most evident with the recently concluded Angler Fish Festival.
Last year, approximately 60,000 people visited Oarai for the Angler Fish Festival and that was when the anime was still airing and gathering popularity. One year later in 2013, the annual autumn festival celebrating the angler fish has seen its highest recorded number in history as more than 100,000 visitors gathered in the small town.
The town has thoroughly prepared for the event and has braced for the massive influx of visitors. Their preparations can be seen through this link.
Several Girls und Panzer events and announcements were also held during the event. Garupan’s voice actresses were welcomed warmly as they greeted the jam-packed crowd.
During the festival, it was announced that Girls und Panzer will have its own video game on the PS Vita. Titled “Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu!”, the game will be a 3D tank action game. More information about this game will be revealed on the 555th issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine to be released on November 28, 2013. A teaser website has also been opened.
The event also unveiled details for the upcoming Garupan OVA. It will be titled “Kore ga Hontō no Anzio-sen Desu!” or “This Is the Real Anzio Battle!”. Renowned mecha designer, Hajime Katoki, widely known for his mecha designs for various Gundam series as well as the ver. Ka line for Bandai’s MG gunpla will be contributing in the OVA’s storyboards.
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