Sakura Quest – Episode 1 “Off to Magical Manoyama”

Sakura Quest is a rare gem that debuted in Spring 2017 and was created by P.A. Works, the studio behind Angel Beats! and Charlotte.

I watched this anime when it was airing back in 2017 and I loved watching this show every week, Caitlin Glass did a fantastic job directing it like she does with every job shes assigned to.


Synopsis

Yoshino attempts to find a job in Tokyo before she graduates from college, but has little luck. She finally receives a job offer to act as Queen for the rural village of Manoyama. Despite having moved out of a rural town to enjoy city life in Tokyo, Yoshino decides to accept the job, only to find out from the town’s tourism board that she was hired based on mistaken identity. Nevertheless, Yoshino goes through the “coronation” ceremony, and sees that like her hometown, Manoyama is in decline and economically struggling.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Episode Review

This episode is where we get to meet the foundation of the show and the main character Yoshino voiced by Alexis Tipton.

Yoshino Koharu

After striking out at every job, She gets a call from a modelling agency she had forgotten she had signed up with a while ago, and she takes the role because she has little money and no job, so she heads to the remote town of Manoyama.

However, when she arrives in Manoyama, she is told that there was a mix-up with the names and that they were really searching for someone else.

After much wrangling with the tourism board over the mix-up, Yoshino says something to persuade Ushimatsu Kadota, voiced by Mark Stoddard to make up his mind about keeping her instead. Yoshino meets Shiori Shinomiya, a member of the main cast who is voiced by Tia Ballard.

Shiori Shinomiya

As they arrive at the kingdom of Chupacabra, which was a huge success back in the day, Yoshino is crowned Queen of the Kingdom of Chupacabra after a particularly poor showing by the head of the tourism board, Kadota.

Yoshino has dinner with some of the Tourism Board’s more senior members after she accepts her role.

During dinner Yoshino asks what a Chupacabra is, I must say I absolutely love the old timers they are so cute!!

After dinner Shiroi drives Yoshino to her lodgings, when arriving Yoshino meets another one of the main cast Maki Midorikawa voiced by Leah Clark

Maki Midorikawa

as Maki and Yoshino get to talking, It looks like Yoshino didn’t read her contract really well, after reading a newspaper article she finds out she has to spend a whole year in Manoyama

Yoshino panics and calls her agency, who tell her that it was her fault for accepting the job without thoroughly reading the contract; as a result, she begins to pack her belongings and flee.

She encounters two locals on the bus, and because she missed the last bus to the station, she starts running and processing to get back to the station. However, the last train stops so early, leaving Yoshino with no choice but to walk around town.

This is where she runs across what seems to be an alien and it starts running after her, scaring Shiroi (which is obviously an act to get her to stay in town)

Yoshino wacks the alien with her purse, which is actually Mr Kadota in a mask, instead of picking up the sword like she was meant to. After he is taken to the hospital, his wife Kinu tells Yoshino not to worry and that she can leave at any time.

Shiroi then processed to take Yoshino back to her lodgings

When arriving back, Yoshino is locked out only for Maki to be asleep, Yoshino has no choice but to go to sleep at the kingdom of Chupacabra, when checking out some photographs from the past and realizes she’d been Manoyama before, because of this she agrees to take on the role as queen.


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