P.A. Works hosted a special “Tanuki Gathering At The Forest Of Tadasu” event on Thursday for its The Eccentric Family (Uchōten Kazoku) franchise. In addition to a wealth of new information about The Eccentric Family 2 sequel anime series, the event also revealed that the franchise has been inaugurated as a Kyoto Special Goodwill Ambassador.
The event on Thursday was held at Shimogamo Shrine, a shrine in Kyoto that is heavily featured in the series. The main characters in the series, the Shimogamo family of tanuki, live in the Forest Of Tadasu in the shrine grounds.
The event was the first anime event to be held at the shrine, and the anime is the first to be inaugurated as an ambassador of Kyoto. P.A. Works revealed that the anime “[raised] the world’s awareness of Kyoto’s attractions,” which led to “an increase in tourism and improving of the Kyoto brand.” At the event, Daisaku Kadokawa, the mayor of Kyoto, handed a certificate of inauguration to The Eccentric Family producer Kenji Horikawa. Takahiro Sakurai (voice of Yasaburō), Mamiko Noto (voice of Benten), Junji Majima (newly announced voice of Junior), Tomihiko Morimi (original Uchōten Kazoku novel author), and