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"Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter" Episode 2
"Shiki and Sōseki" Highlights

Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona return!

At the beginning of Episode 2, Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona from the previous Prologue episode "Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona" appear in Mayor Yukiya Isaniwa's dreams. The two gods are working frantically. It appears to be long before the renovation of Dōgo Onsen in year 27 of the Meiji period. In Japanese mythology, it is said that Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona traveled Japan to build the nation, but Ōkuninushi is directing the construction of what appears to be the building that will eventually become the Dōgo Onsen Honkan, and Sukunahikona is handing out medicine to people. Sukunahikona is actually a god of medicine and must have be well-versed in the effects of hot springs.

Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona return!

Why? Voice Actors Taking on Two Roles

The actor Takeshi Tsuruno took on the roles of Ōkuninushi and Mayor Yukiya Isaniwa who appears in Episode 2. Likewise, the popular voice actor Suzuko Mimori voiced Sukunahikona and Matahachirō Sakamoto. For some reason, each actor voices two roles. Apparently, during recording, Suzuko Mimori praised the acting skills of her co-actor, Takeshi Tsuruno. If you take a closer look, Ōkuninushi and Mayor Isaniwa share something in common in how they are dressed. The secret within the "Dōgo Reborn" project is hidden here. Check out the anime and see for yourself.

Why? Voice Actors Taking on Two Roles

The Phoenix, the symbol of eternal life, watches over the warm friendship between Shiki Masaoka and Sōseki Natsume.

Shiki Masaoka and Sōseki Natsume, major figures in the foundation of modern Japanese literature, strolled through Dōgo in October of year 28 of the Meiji period. Having learned that Sōseki Natsume had become an English teacher at Matsuyama's school, Shiki Masaoka returned to his home city of Matsuyama after serving in the Sino-Japanese War as a reporter, suffering a lung hemorrhage from tuberculosis and recuperating in Suma in Kobe. It is said the two named their lodging Gudabutsuan and lived together for 52 days. During this time, what sort of discussions did they have about the future of Japanese literature? In this anime, the popular voice actor, Jun Fukuyama and his good friend Shinnosuke Tachibana voice the pair. Their conversations, Shiki's meeting with the Phoenix, and the granting of his desperate wish are the highlights of this feature. What is Shiki's wish? What is the Phoenix's message?

The Phoenix, the symbol of eternal life, watches over the warm friendship between Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Sōseki.

Appearing as an Extra for Donation to the Dōgo Onsen Honkan Conservation Fund (Crowdfunded)

In "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter" Episode 2"Shiki and Sōseki," as a crowdfunding reward for the conservation of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan, the National Important Cultural Property public bathhouse, which is the first of its kind to undergo repairs while remaining open, the opportunity to appear as an extra was offered. As a result, there were two applications, and, based on photographs of the donors from multiple angles, Tezuka Productions has turned them into characters. They both appear in impressive scenes.

Appearing as an Extra for Donation to the Dōgo Onsen Honkan Conservation Fund (Crowdfunded)

"Just Right, Matsuyama" Cheer Group Leader Tomochika Plays Madonna and Narrates

Tomochika, the "Just Right, Matsuyama" cheer group leader, also stood at the presentation of the Dōgo Onsen art wrap at the Shinrotei on the east side of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan on July 19, 2019. In this feature, she will narrate throughout. Additionally, "Madonna" a spinoff from Sōseki Natsume's novel, "Bocthan," will appear. Apparently, this "Madonna" will be a key character in the developments in episodes following Episode 2. Do look forward to it.

「"Just Right, Matsuyama" Cheer Group Leader Tomochika Plays Madonna and Narrates

The Fusion of Projection Mapping and Animation

"Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter" Episode 2
"Shiki and Sōseki" was released on February 1, 2020. It can be viewed for free on the official Dōgo Reborn website. Also, since February 21, on the north side of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan, the showing of the projection mapping feature "Dōgo Onsen + NAKED: MESSAGE - Shiki and Sōseki" is being held. A new story of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan is lit up in a fusion of charming hand-drawn animation and the latest digital art. Do come and see it for yourself.

The Fusion of Projection Mapping and Animation

The Dōgo Onsen Honkan is currently under repairs to preserve the building. While repairs are being done, it's still open and you can enjoy 100 % natural hot water of Dōgo Onsen

Dōgo Onsen, the famous hot spring with 3,000 years of history
The stone bathing rooms adorned with Tobe porcelain panel paintings and the baths with their large column-shaped water spouts called yugama are representative of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan's unique appeal.

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