Baby, we’re all fireworks today.
Earlier today, entertainment news source Eiga.com reported that Shunji Iwai’s 1993 drama Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yo Kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?) is getting an anime adaptation. SHAFT will produce the feature, which opens on August 18, 2017.
Nobuyuki Takeuchi will direct the feature, while Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari) serves as chief director. Hitoshi Ōne (Moteki, Bakuman
The confirmed cast includes:
- Nazuna: Suzu Hirose
- Norimichi: Masaki Suda
- Yūsuke: Mamoru Miyano
The original Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yo Kara Miru ka? was a 45-minute drama, which aired as part of the If: Moshimo series. Iwai won the Directors Guild of Japan’s New Directors Award for the feature.
The drama is set on one day during summer vacation. The title revolves around a group of boys, who try to view a fireworks display from their town’s lighthouse, in hopes of determining whether it appears round or flat when viewed from the side. At the same time, though, Norimichi, one of the lads, receies an invitation to run away with Nazuna, the girl of his dreams.
SHAFT’s adaptation will introduce modern elements to the story, though specifics are still unknown as of press time.