Letters and feelings from the future sent straight to you.
orange–a manga by Ichigo Takano revolving around a girl trying to save the boy she loves by using letters from her future self–was adapted into a television anime this summer. It even has an anime film coming this winter, titled orange -Mirai- (orange -Future-).
In celebration of this upcoming movie, the Ikebukuro Parco department store is hosting the “orange Ten ~Mirai no Watashi Kara no Tegami~” (orange Exhibit ~A Letter From the Future Me~) art exhibit.
The exhibit greets visitors with standees of the characters of orange from the future.
The beginning of the gallery also gives a rundown of the characters for those uninitiated with the series.
The walls of the gallery are not just filled with manga pages, but enlarged cutout images from the manga and fun decals as well. The exhibit is also decorated with a multitude of color illustrations by Ichigo Takano.
The exhibit also has some color comic strips, including one about the bespectacled Hagita misunderstanding his childhood friend Azusa’s love for udon as love for him, and another about heroine Naho getting her White Day present from her love interest Kakeru.
The next room of the exhibit recreates the classroom that the students attend. On the classroom’s blackboard, there is a message of “Happy Birthday Kakeru!” Presents, cake, and bags are scattered around the room.
Notebooks brought from other areas of Japan featuring scribbles from fans are also in the classroom, alongside sticky notes that visitors can write messages on and post on the blackboard.
Leaving the classroom, the next room has a large amount of letters attached to ribbons coming from an envelope reading “From the future me.” These letters contain questions like “Are you doing all right?” and “Is there someone you’re in love with right now?,” an obvious nod to the scene when Naho and Kakeru exchange question letters.
The walls of this room are also decorated with prints of key animation cels from the anime.
If the question letters on the ceiling interested you, the exhibit has a game for visitors. By answering four questions, you will get a number.
If you’d like to try the quiz yourself, here’s the question list:
Question 1: Are you doing all right?
Question 2: Is there someone you’re in love with right now?
Question 3: Is there someone you want to save right now?
Question 4: Do you have a dream for the future?
Found your result? Once you have your number, find the letter box corresponding to that number and a letter is waiting inside for you. The contents of each letter and the color of the envelope change depending on what answers you chose. The contents of the letters were approved by original creator Ichigo Takano herself.
The gift shop for the exhibit has the script, tickets, summary, and screenshots for the upcoming orange -Mirai- film on display.
The gift shop is filled with goods themed after the manga and anime, including tote bags…
…Smartphone cases and memo pads…
…Anime DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and theme song CDs…
…And limited-quantity art prints signed by Ichigo Takano.
The end of the exhibit even has machines where if you tap your PASMO or Suica train card and answer a quick survey, you can get a free orange sticker.
The exhibit is being held at the Parco Museum on the seventh floor of the Ikebukuro Parco department store from November 3 to 20. Entrance costs 500 yen (about USD $4.85) for normal customers, 400 yen (USD $3.85) for students, and admission is free for visitors not yet in elementary school.
The orange television anime began airing in Japan on July 4, 2016. It can be viewed for free and with English subtitles in the US at Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll is also releasing the manga digitally in English and Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing it physically in North America.
orange -Mirai- will open in Japanese theaters on November 18.
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