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Shaft’s “Fireworks” Anime Gets 3rd PV, Global Release

Then the lightning flashing, fireworks shooting up in her head.

OK, fine, I’ll stop the Blue Oyster Cult references… for now.

Earlier today, the official Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) anime website updated with a new promotional video. The 90-second trailer features a look at the film in action, as the core plot beats are conveyed through dialogue.

In addition, a press event was held for the film today. At the meeting, the trailer was screened, and an announcement was made that the film will air in 110 regions across the globe. At the meeting, it was also revealed that production on the film has been delayed. Regardless, the film is still scheduled to hit Japanese theaters on August 18.

Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yo Kara Miru ka? adapts Shunji Iwai’s 1993 drama of the same name. Nobuyuki Takeuchi is directing the feature at SHAFT, while Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari) serves as chief director. Hitoshi Ōne (Moteki, Bakuman) is writing the film’s screenplay.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Yūsuke Azumi: Mamoru Miyano
  • Norimichi Shimada: Masaki Suda
  • Nazuna Oikawa: Suzu Hirose
  • Miura-sensei: Kana Hanazawa
  • Nazuna’s Mother: Takako Matsu
  • Junichi: Shintarō Asanuma
  • Kazuhiro: Toshiyuki Toyonaga
  • Jin: Yuuki Kaji

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.

Source: Ota-suke

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