Hold on to your butts, because Sarazanmai – a 2019 original TV anime about three troubled teens who transform into kappa and try to resolve mortal attachments in a rather eye-brow raising way – is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a pun-filled promotion: a custom manhole cover.
The custom cover (pictured above) was installed near the Kappabashi intersection in Taito City, Tokyo, Japan on April 13, 2021. Combined with the custom Sarazanmai post office box (also pictured above) that was erected on Kappa Hashimoto Street in March, Taito City has become a “holy spot” destination for fans of Sarazanmai, so the manhole cover was installed in an effort to spread out the foot traffic a bit in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Sarazanmai is directed by Nobuyuki Takeuchi and Kunihiko Ikuhara and features animation production by MAPPA and Lapin Track. Crunchyroll currently streams the series, and describes the story of Sarazanmai as follows:
The setting is Asakusa. One day, second-years in middle school Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinnai meet Keppi, a mysterious kappa-like creature, who steals their shirikodama and transforms them into kappas. “To return to your original forms,” Keppi tells them, “you must fight the zombies and take the shirikodama from them.” Can the boys connect with each other and steal the zombies’ shirikodama?! This is the story of three boys who can’t connect with someone important to them, learning about what it truly means to do so.
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