Source: Harian Metro
Kuantan Gains Global Spotlight After Anime Mention; Pahang Government Eyes Tourism Boost
BY: Michelle Liew
In a surprising turn of events, Kuantan has found itself in the international spotlight following a mention in the popular Japanese anime, Jujutsu Kaisen. The buzz around the city caught the attention of the Pahang State Legislative Assembly (DUN), prompting proactive measures from the Pahang government to leverage this newfound fame for the benefit of local tourism.
Leong Yu Man, Chairman of the Pahang Unity, Tourism, and Culture Committee, seized the opportunity to shed light on Kuantan's attractions, particularly its picturesque beaches. Recognizing the potential of this anime-related buzz, the state government is actively working to establish contact with the anime's creator. Fans' suggestions of constructing a memorial on Kuantan beach have been taken seriously, with efforts to seek approval from the anime's creator underway.
Leong Yu Man emphasized the importance of obtaining approval from the anime's creator before proceeding with any plans for a memorial on Kuantan beach. The state government is keen on turning the beach into a significant attraction for anime enthusiasts worldwide. The commitment to securing the creator's decision reflects the government's dedication to capitalizing on this unexpected global attention.
During a session addressing public inquiries, Leong Yu Man responded to a question from Rosli Abdul Jabar (PN-Tanjung Lumpur) regarding the state government's strategies to draw public interest to Anak Air beach. The mention of Kuantan in the 42nd episode of Jujutsu Kaisen, where a character expresses a desire to visit a beach in Kuantan before their demise, has sparked curiosity among anime fans.
Speculation among anime enthusiasts is rife as to which beach in Kuantan was referred to in the anime. While many have suggested Kempadang Beach, comparisons are being made with other popular beaches such as Teluk Cempedak, Batu Hitam, Cherating, and Sepat beaches.
As Kuantan enjoys unexpected global attention thanks to Jujutsu Kaisen, the Pahang government is actively working to transform this anime-related trend into a boon for local tourism. The potential construction of a memorial on Kuantan beach could become a unique attraction, provided approval from the anime's creator is secured. This episode highlights the intersection of pop culture and tourism, showcasing the power of media references in shaping global perceptions of a destination.