Get Inspired by McDonald's New Anime Commercials

Rudie Obias

Would you like a side of inspiration with that? A new McDonald's recruitment campaign, Crew ni Narō ("Join The Crew"), is aiming to attract part-time staffers at restaurants across Japan. The fast food giant has teamed up with animation house Studio Colorido and J-pop girl group AKB48 to create eight surprisingly artistic anime shorts as part of its larger Mirai no Watashi ("The Future Me") initiative.

The first short follows a new and timid employee (voiced by pop singer Yui Yokoyama) who overcomes her shyness—through dedication and hard work, of course—to become a leader at her local McDonald’s. Sadly, the short film doesn’t have English subtitles, but even non-Japanese speakers should have no trouble following along.

So far, three regional films have been released, with more rolling out at the beginning of April

[h/t The Verge]