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Girls' Last Tour (Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou) is a slice-of-life/post-apocalyptic manga from author Tsukumizu.

In an industrial world struck by a vague apocalyptic event, two people yet survive.

Chito and Yuuri are two young girls still alive in the mostly empty world. Chito a dutiful and serious bookworm, while Yuuri cares little about anything but when their next mealtime is.

As the two trudge on through the populace devoid landscape, they keep each other company, enjoy what little creature comforts they come across, and shoot the occasional philosophical question at each other.

The two have no huge reason or motivation to keep on. They survive for survival's sake, going on a last tour of a world long gone.

Was adapted into an anime by White Fox for the Fall 2017 season. Yen Press is releasing the manga in English while Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for an English release.

The manga ran from February 21, 2014 to January 12, 2018 and was collected in six volumes. The TV series covered about 3/5 of it.


Girls' Last Tropes:

  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: When the girls come across a conveyor belt, Yuuri activates it while Chito is standing on it. Chito runs against the conveyor until Yuuri shuts it off. Then Yuuri turns it on again and repeats the process. When Chito expresses her annoyance at this, Yuuri notes that all Chito had to do was run sideways.
  • After the End: The series is set after an event that rendered the world almost totally devoid of life.
  • The Alleged Car: The Kettenkrad the girls ride in. Though rugged and capable of hauling the two girls and all their cargo, it is very old design and breaks down several times over the course of the story. It finally gives up the ghost for good in Chapter 40 of the manga, when one of the tracks shatters and Chito discovers that several components in the engine are also shot. She spends a day trying to fix it, but ultimately concludes that it's hopeless and converts it into a bath for one last soak. As she and Yuuri get in, she breaks down in tears.
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  • And the Adventure Continues: The anime concludes with Chito and Yuuri resolving to see what's at the very top of the city and continuing their ascent. The manga ends on this note as well. See No Ending below.
  • Apocalypse How: A Class-3. Humankind is on its way out, as its levels are simply too low to repopulate. Episode 12 of the anime declares Chito and Yuuri are the last humans still alive in the city. While this information comes from the mysterious, mushroom-like "cats" that have been consuming all electronics, ammunition, and organic remains left in the city, there is no indication that the creatures are omniscient (Kanazawa and Ishii may be alive and well still), and one "cat" specifically says they have not explored the city's highest level. Even so, from this point on in the manga, Chito and Yuuri do not encounter any other humans or living organisms whatsoever, and the highest level turns out to be even more barren than the rest of the city's ruins.
  • Apocalyptic Log: The camera given to the girls by Kanazawa turns out to be one of these when the girls are exploring a submarine. A lot of pictures are revealed to them of how people lived in the past, including some video of high school girls around their age.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: Cutesy designs against a post-apocalyptic setting.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The girls run into a gigantic maintenance robot in episode 9. Though it's merely doing what it was programmed to do, dismantling unused sections to conserve resources, its dismantling of the aquarium does end up destroying large portions before the girls stop it with explosives. They also later run into a Humongous Mecha that falls in front of them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A large Spider Tank the girls encounter in an old aquarium definitely gives them quite the scare. Luckily, the smaller one is polite and is able to communicate with them.
  • Big Sleep: Heavily implied to be the case in the manga's ending. The duo burn their diary, eat the last of their food, and then close out the series falling asleep on the rooftop while the scene zooms out. The tankoubon only makes this worse; the ending closes on their helmets, with the girls themselves nowhere near them, with their very last appearances looking up at the sky in a wheat field.
  • Brains and Brawn: Chito is a brainy bookworm, while Yuuri is good with a rifle but also an illiterate ditz. Chito even muses about their respective roles aloud.
  • Brainy Brunette: Chito has dark hair and loves books, in contrast to Dumb Blonde Yuuri (who's also illiterate).
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The main dynamic between Chito and Yuuri. Yuuri is the Boke, and Chito is the Tsukkomi.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": In episode 10 the girls run into an odd, almost featureless quadruped that can imitate human speech through radio waves. They decide that it's a cat. Well, Chi says it is not quite a cat, so they call it nuko instead of neko, and the official subtitles call it a cut instead of a cat.
  • Call-Back: Yuu checking the direction of the wind with a licked finger and declaring direction based on that.
  • Central Theme: Everything perishes, so enjoy the little things for as long as they last. Friendship is all that matters.
  • Child Soldiers: Downplayed. Chito and Yuuri both wear old, resized military uniforms with helmets and ride a military vehicle, but they have never been part of any army and received all the equipment from their grandfather. Yuuri is also a pretty good shot with her rifle, and uses military terminology from time to time, seemingly just for her own amusement.
  • City Planet: Heavily implied to be one, as the girls find out there are multiple levels of all the cities they travel through. They're never seen traveling through any wilderness areas, and many of the buildings they travel through are so large they spend hours traveling through some, and end up nearly getting lost in some of them.
  • Cool Bike: The girls Kettenkrad motorbike. Serving as reliable transportation and basically their home.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: The world may be ending, but Chito and Yuuri seem content and don't seem to struggle much with finding supplies and shelter (at least at first).
  • Crapsack World: Despite how calm the two girls are, they are some of the last surviving humans in what appears to be a gigantic city that also consists of several levels. It's also slowly falling apart, and the girls often run into situations where falling debris or a blocked path becomes a hazard for them. Considering how many buildings they pass by and go through, and how large many of them are, one has to wonder exactly how many people were living in those places.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yuuri is pretty childish and extremely Book Dumb, often being more of a hinderance than a help. She is poorly educated, but it's worth noting that when Chito is compromised (normally by her fear of heights) and they're legitimately in danger she will suddenly become a lot more focused and serious, and the few times violence has been necessary she's been highly competent.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Chito sometimes makes vague references to how the world used to be.
  • Darkest Hour:
    • When the girls are exploring the temple, lights go out. Chi gets lost, Yuu is left alone in pitch-black darkness, in a huge, unmapped building, without any source of light. It turns out Chito is just messing with her and was there all the time.
    • In the final episode, Yuuri is swallowed by a huge "cat". Chito has to rescue her, all the while terrified out of her mind that she'll fail and be left on her own. Especially scary since Chito is a firmly established non-fighter, and simply tired besides.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: By Chapter 41, Chi and Yuu have had all of their possessions taken away or lost, with only each other for comfort as they ascend the steps. They hold hands in the darkness, telling each other they're afraid of death, and then they see the light.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Inori Minase (Chito) and Yurika Kubo (Yuuri) perform the opening and ending themes.
  • Driven to Suicide: The elevator AI the girls encounter deletes itself since it has no more purpose and the fact that it is functionally immortal is causing it to go insane. It's also heavily implied the girls' grandfather commits suicide, as he is last seen cradling a pistol after sending them away from their village as it sinks into anarchy.
  • Dumb Blonde: Yuuri is not the sharpest tool in the drawer, and has the blonde hair to match her lacking smarts. She also can't read, unlike the book-loving Chito.
  • Eldritch Location: The dead world. Everything looks plausibly man-made, and things like Yuuri's rifle and the Kettenkrad are directly modeled after things in the real world, yet the environment is entirely artificial with no hint of nature. There are massive layered cities, literal and empty concrete jungles, and city-sized industrial structures. It's revealed in Episode 12 that this is a future version of Earth and the girls are traveling across a ruined megalopolis, implied to be a future Japan. It appears that the world's countries had completely destroyed the natural environment and urbanized everything except the ocean, which might have been made possible thanks to advances in self-maintaining and self-improving robots (explaining the "mass-produced" uniformity of much of the architecture, which appears as though it was all constructed around the same general period, rather than in gradual stages that would be defined by discernible differences in style). The location is affirmed later on in the manga, when the girls find a space center with a holographic map of the Solar System.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The first chapter of the manga begins with Chito and Yuuri trying to make their way out of an underground area, with Chito chiding Yuuri for being curious about the hole, as well as misinterpreting the meaning behind "I wish a hole would swallow me up." After that argument concludes, they decide to get to the surface as soon as possible, so they won't run out of food, even though there's no guarantee they'll find food or people on the surface. All this sets up the lighthearted banter that defines most of the main characters' interactions, as well as the bleak post-apocalyptic nature of the setting.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Though the girls do run into at least two other human survivors, for the most part no one is left, presumably killed in the latest war.
  • False Camera Effects: The digital camera adds low lighting blurr effects, along with some grainyness. Lens Flares also appear here and there.
  • Feel No Pain: Invoked. The girls often discuss concepts of afterlife and heaven, each time coming to the same conclusion - they can't be dead if they still feel pain, cold and hunger.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: The girls come across a rocket base where the previous inhabitants had launched 3 rockets in the past. Two rockets failed shortly after takeoff, but one managed to make it out of the solar system.
  • The Future: A few Freeze Frame Bonuses (Like the date on the camera and the date on the liquor the girls find) seem to indicate the series is set roughly 1200 years in the future. 3220, specifically.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The girls' different hair colors help to highlight how different in personality they are. Black-haired Chito loves books, is somewhat dour and tends to take a more realistic view of their situation, while Dumb Blonde Yuuri is an illiterate ditz who's more cheerful and always finds something to be happy about.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: When the girls find three bottles of old booze, they get drunk off their asses. Leaving Chito with a wicked hangover the next morning.
  • Head Pet: Nuko occasionally. Chito complains that it's too heavy to sit on her head though. It then gets a head pet of its own after befriending a tiny robot.
  • Hero's Classic Car: Of a sort. The girls ride in a Sd.Kfz.2 "Kettenkrad" tracked motorcycle and Chito is responsible for driving it and conducting repairs as needed. Note that given the timeframe the story is set in, the Kettenkrad model is nearly 1300 years old, making it a particularly ancient variant of "classic". In the author notes it is revealed that it is a recent, modified reproduction, and that most recent vehicles were recreated from ancient documents, with new models being rare.
  • Humongous Mecha: The girls almost get flattened by an abandoned one falling over in episode 11. When they poke around, they find its weapons are still fully operational, and wind up setting an entire city block aflame.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The girls come across an ancient AI that has been managing one of the elevators that connects to the top level of the city. The AI tricks them into authorizing the implementation of a self deletion code, since any attempts to terminate itself requires the approval of a living human.
  • Imagine Spot: When the girls spend the night in an abandoned home, they imagine what their dream home would have, like bookshelves and a bunk bed.
  • Indestructible Edible: None of the food that the girls find is spoiled, not even the actual, non-artificial chocolate that the girls come across in the final episode. This is Lampshaded on the package of said chocolate, which plainly states that it's a "non-perishable" variety.
  • Innocence Lost: Subverted, if not even defied. The girls are still innocent kids, despite the world they live in and at least Yuu is completely oblivious to the horror going around.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Chito and Yuuri do this from time to time.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: Yuuri often asks if stuff they find along their journey is edible, like a tank and a dead fish.
  • Iyashikei: Who knew a series about the end of the world could be so relaxing?
  • Living Is More Than Surviving: As Yuuri puts it, even if it's hopeless, nice things still happen sometimes.
  • Military Moe: Downplayed; the girls wear military uniforms and helmets, Yuuri has a rifle and they travel in a Kettengrad motorbike, but they aren't actually a part of any military and the story mostly focuses on how they survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Minimalist Cast: Chito and Yuuri are the only two characters. Excluding their brief companions Kanazawa and Ishii.
  • Never Learned to Read: Yuuri is almost totally illiterate.
  • No Body Left Behind: Whatever ended the world left nary a corpse or skeleton behind. Justified in Episode 12, it is indicated that dead bodies are recycled by "cats".
  • No Ending: Chito and Yuuri finally reach the top of the city...only to find there's nothing there apart from a plain stone block. They walk around the completely barren landscape and talk for a time, then decide to have a meal and a rest before they decide on what to do next. The end. However, Chito and Yuuri have completely run out of resources and equipment at this point, the meal they had is their last package of food.
  • Odd Couple: Chito and Yuuri couldn't be more different. Chito being a mildly dour bookworm, and Yuu being an off-kilter goofball.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Chito has a brief one in the first episode, a memory of their last moments with their grandfather. She and Yuuri are told to escape while a battle rages on, and then drive away in their little Kettenkrad as gunfire echoes in the background. A chapter of the manga explores Chito and Yuuri's last days back with their grandfather, expanding upon the dream. They lived in a relatively populated village, but it was on the verge of failing. In one scene, a group of uniformed men are seen glaring at Yuuri before Chito leads her away, possibly angry over the girls getting rations like everyone else despite only being children. Their grandfather gave them their cut-down uniforms, the Kettenkrad, and some supplies before sending them away from the village; he specifically tells them to seek the higher levels, not the lower ones, likely because the lower levels have long been picked clean. As Chito and Yuuri depart, the village apparently collapses into a final anarchic fight over the last resources, and their grandfather is seen holding a pistol as if preparing himself for suicide.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Though the ruins are stated to be centuries old, they still contain working elevators, water pipes that pump out hot water and streetlights are functioning in some levels of the Layered Metropolis. Partially justified in Episode 9, as A.I.s are maintaining some parts of the city — though it's still quite amazing that the ancient digital camera and radio that the girls receive apparently function indefinitely without repairs or charging, in spite of being centuries old. This is Lampshaded by the "cats", who imply that such objects contain incredibly powerful energy sources for their size.
  • Reality Ensues: Episode 6 naturally shows that a plane made of scrap metal, and constructed by three people with little knowledge of aviation wasn't going to get very far. The setting itself can also be considered a decontruction of Blame!'s: After the fall of human civilization robots continiue to build and maintain the cities, but achieve meager results before also dying out.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yuuri is red and Chito is blue.
  • Robot War: One of the videos stored on the camera shows the final stage of war, where massive walkers burn everything with lasers. Also a Shout-Out to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
  • Ruins of the Modern Age: Some of the places Chito and Yuuri visit look like this.
  • Saharan Shipwreck: On one of the high levels the girls find a submarine. There is no explaination provided for it, but it was most definitely in service, whenever it got there.
  • Scavenger World: The girls trek through an endless city that hasn't been inhabited in centuries, and spend most of their time scavenging for food, fuel, and water.
  • Scenery Gorn: Particularly in the 2017 anime adaptation. Detail is lavished on devastated urban scenery and abandoned tools of war. Some overlap with Scenery Porn, as these environments occasionally have their own sort of desolate beauty.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the end, the girls' journey to the top level of the city means very little. They finally reach the top only to discover there's nothing there for them, just a featureless concrete plain covered in snow with a large stone block in the middle. The girls use up the last of their food, too, and while they don't sink into despair over their seemingly hopeless situation, it's very uncertain things will end well for them since they have nowhere to go but back the way they came.
    • Discussed: Two of the recurring themes of the story is to "cope with despair" and "achieve something without regrets". Kanazawa and Ishii both achieved their own goals to a degree (though both failed at the end) and were forced to abandon the duo, but there're little sadness shown from them; in the end the girls reached their goal, and though things presumably won't end well, they are at least fulfilled.
  • Slice of Life: There's no grand adventure or despair here - the series is all about two girl and their daily life among the ruins of civilization.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Despite the mostly lighthearted nature of the story, the narrative is deeply cynical, something best exemplified by the ending.
  • Snow Means Death: Fitting for an apocalyptic desolation, the weather makes it feel even more empty and lifeless. For the entire story, we get blizzards and the girls get cold enough to justify wearing fur-lined winter jackets. Assuming the date on the camera is true, it's late August and mid September.
  • Spider Tank: The girls come across two in a functioning aquarium - a polite little one that somehow manages to move despite stick-thin legs, and a larger one whose purpose is dismantling. A more literal one (albeit broken down) serves them as a shelter during the rain chapter earlier.
  • Swallowed Whole: Yuuri is apparently Eaten Alive by a giant cat they encounter in the submarine in episode 12. Chito chases after it with Yuuri's rifle, but it turns out the cats actually don't eat living people.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In episode 3, Chito asks if the elevator is stable. Kanazawa also mentions that he'd probably be Driven to Suicide if he ever lost his maps. So naturally something goes wrong with the elevator, and during that moment, Kanazawa's bag falls off as well. He is encouraged to live on however, and goes his separate way to draw new maps.
    • In episode 11, Yuuri asks Chito why they're wearing helmets when there's no one shooting at them. A giant screw immediately falls on Chito's head, and moments later, one falls on Yuuri's as well. They then find that there's a lot of falling debris from a Humongous Mecha that collapses right in front of them.
  • Three Shorts: Each episode contains three linked-together stories, each roughly one chapter of the manga.
  • Transhuman Aliens: Though not directly stated, it's implied that the "cats" either descend from human-created artificial lifeforms, or were purposefully made to clear up the mess that humans had made of the planet.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: During the war, society got progressively more militarised, complete with "the glorious leader" giving rallying speeches.
  • Unspecified Apocalypse: The precise reason for the collapse of civilization is never explained because it isn't the point of the story. However, Episode 12 provides some fragmentary details. The country that contained Chito and Yuuri's mega-city, implied to be a future Japan, declared war on the "neighboring states". One side eventually declared victory after inflicting over 50 million casualties on the other ("neighbouring state"), but at some point later an unspecified party deployed EMP bombs worldwide, which disabled most electronics and isolated the mega-city's levels from each other. As the world had already become completely urbanized and people relied on machines to provide everything that they needed, losing all of that infrastructure overnight probably caused a sudden population collapse and the end of that civilization. Sometime later, the survivors built a second civilization amidst the ruins that managed to reach the equivalent of a WWII-level of technology (or at least learned how to replicate or restore WWII weapons and vehicles) before it, too, collapsed into a war over dwindling resources. A century on from that, Chito and Yuuri are two of the last living remnants of humanity. It is implied later in the manga that the village Chito and Yuuri lived in with their grandfather was one of the last inhabited settlements (if not the very last one), and their grandfather sent them in search of the highest level because the food was running out and the people were turning against each other.
  • Unsuspectingly Soused: The girls try some strange amber liquid they found in an abandoned home. Turns out it was beer and they end up drunk and dancing together under the moonlight.
  • Walking the Earth: Chito and Yuuri have no set destination in mind, and their main focus is living day-to-day.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Kanazawa and Ishii aren't seen again after their brief time with the girls. While it's implied they're probably okay, one can only guess as to how many resources they are able to find considering much of it was already stripped clean, particularly on the lower levels. Additionally, the camera Kanazawa gave the girls reveals he had someone else traveling with him at some point, yet he's alone when the girls first run into him. However, it's implied they both died during the girls' travels, since the "cats" state they haven't found any other living humans on the lower levels.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Flashbacks show that something terrible happened to Chito's and Yuuri's home, which is why they set out on their journey.

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