Last year, McDonald’s teamed up with Studio Colorado and Team 8 of AKB48 to create a sentimental anime short as part of a recruitment program. The trio has come together again to create a sequel short to show the career progression of part-timer Ikumi and her manager Sumire.

AKB48 general manager Yui Yokoyama reprised her role as Sumire and Team 8 member Rin Okabe reprised her role as Ikumi. Studio Colorado, who is known for their indie work, provided the animation for the two-minute short.

Last year’s anime short.

In a behind-the-scenes video, Yokoyama talked about how her first job at McDonald’s was important in developing early skills idols, saying, “It might be a bit of an exaggeration, but my starting point was McDo. Using teamwork to do your best. Greeting and courtesy are important in your career. I learned it all at McDo, and it’s connected to my current duties as general manager of AKB48.”

Corporate recruitment or not, the anime short is really cute and oozes sentimentality.

Majored in Music @Duke, but realized that being a Jazz singer wasn't a real job. Now I spend my days watching anime and writing about the music industry. Glad to be in the new round of GB hires. Look forward to my coverage.
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