Arts & Entertainment

Japan opens new anime hotel in mega-complex dedicated to industry

Tokorozawa, Japan, Sep 30 (efe-epa).- A hotel dedicated to the Japanese art of anime was inaugurated Wednesday in Tokorozawa offering its patrons a chance to watch their favorite animations on 150-inch TVs from the comfort of their room.

The Anime Hotel has 30 rooms with designs inspired by some of anime’s most famous series and is the latest addition to the anime and manga-themed Tokorozawa Sakura Town, which also boasts a museum and a shopping mall.

The establishment, which will open to the public on Oct. 1, plans to personalize the rooms on an itinerant basis and for its debut it has collaborated with the creators of “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!” Better known as “KonoSuba” or “To Aru Kagaku no Railgun,” available through Crunchyroll.

“Our goal is to expand ‘cool Japan’ to the whole world,” Takashi Yokozawa, director of the Kadokawa publishing house, said at the opening ceremony. He manages the establishment together with the local authorities of the mega-complex where it is located: Tokorozawa Sakura Town.

Focused on an adult audience and eminently male due to the type of anime used, the hotel has had the collaboration of the animation dubbing actor Yuki Kaji, who has voiced, among others, the main protagonist of “Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack the Titans,) Eren Jaeger, or Meliodas, from “Nanatsu no Taizai” (The Seven Deadly Sin.)

Kaji, who has lent his voice for recordings such as messages welcoming visitors to the elevator, was “very happy” to have participated in the project.

“I, who grew up in Saitama, am excited that a complex like this has been created here,” he said on the spot, before engraving his signature on the lobby wall.

The hotel is part of a 40,000-square-meter complex located less than a 10-minute walk from JR Higashi Tokorozawa Station, northwest of Tokyo, promoted by the aforementioned publisher and which also has office spaces, event spaces and a granite-fronted museum by architect Kengo Kuma.

Although its official opening is scheduled for Nov. 6, the public can already access the ground floor, where an exhibition dedicated to the Japanese architect is exhibited, and in the future there will also be a manga library and other facilities. EFE-EPA


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