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Coronavirus state of emergency video resembling 'Evangelion' anime a hit in Fukuoka

FUKUOKA -- In response to the second declaration of a state of emergency in Japan due to the spread of the coronavirus, a video produced by the southwestern Japan prefecture of Fukuoka has been attracting attention for its style, which resembles the hit anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion."

    In the 15-second video targeting mostly young people, phrases such as "emergency declaration in effect" appear one after another as the clip calls for people to refrain from going out after 8:00 p.m. and to avoid the "three Cs" of confined spaces, crowded places and close contact settings with other people.

    An electronic signboard reminiscent of the anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" calls for measures against the coronavirus at Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, on Jan. 26, 2021. (Mainichi/Noriko Tokuno)

    The video appears on electronic billboards at seven locations in Fukuoka Prefecture, including Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station in Chuo Ward in the city of Fukuoka and JR Kokura Station in Kokurakita Ward in the city of Kitakyushu, and can also be viewed on the prefectural government's YouTube channel.

    (Japanese original by Noriko Tokuno, Kyushu Photo Department)

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