Sakura Quest focuses on struggling college student Yoshino Koharu finding herself becoming the member of a tourism committee attempting to attract tourists to the struggling small town of Manoyama. Joining her are four other young women who are local residents of Manoyama and come from their own unique walks of life, each aiding Yoshino to help develop plans to attract attention to Manoyama.
Sakura Quest offers up a rather unique premise for an anime as it explores the struggles faced by small towns to adapt to changing economic conditions. The anime believably explores the challenges faced by Japanese rural residents as more of its younger populace are attracted to the greater opportunities within urban areas and small town businesses find themselves struggling to keep up with the changing times. With Manoyama's tourism committee, the plans that are laid out to draw attention to the town also explore a number of the realities involving rural struggles with town locals preferring to stick with their traditions, clashes between younger and older generations, and the elders not realistically considering moving to an urban area thanks to having practically lived their entire lives in the town they consider home. Sakura Quest is conscious about the realities of Japan's rural conditions and does a solid job at exploring the dilemmas facing rural residents with changing times.
What makes the series also worthwhile is the characters surrounding it. Yoshino and the four main girls of the series all have their own distinct backgrounds and personalities with each facing their own unique dilemma such as job struggles, the impossibility of a dream job, or living in isolation. This gives the group of girls something for audiences to connect with thanks to their characters being fleshed out and nor being a full-blown archetype. Other characters within the series serve to support in the efforts of the tourism committee or explore elements of Manoyama and the lives of the girls. Many of these characters get enough fleshing out to understand their roles and intentions to relate to either Yoshino and the girls or the uncertainty of Manoyama's future. The characterization has a few rough spots such as an episode featuring some oddball Spanish tourists visiting the town, but it doesn't totally take you out of the experience with seeing how relatable much of Sakura Quest's cast can be.
With PA Works animating Sakura Quest, the series is beautifully animated with gorgeous scenic shots of the countryside of Manoyama and characters are drawn rather believably having nuanced facial expressions and different types of clothes they wear throughout the show's run. Animation isn't as heavily emphasized with the series, but has its moments to shine with the elaborate ceremonies planned by the tourism committee that show off the town's traditions.
Overall, Sakura Quest is yet another quality original work from PA Works thanks to its relatable cast of struggling young adults and its believable exploration of Japan's struggling rural economic development. Those looking for a unique and original series to watch should give this a peek whenever possible.
Rating: 8.5 of 10
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