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Masaaki Yuasa’s “Night is Short, Walk on Girl” Wins Ottowa International Animation Film Festival Award

The night may be short, but the success this film is seeing is anything but!

Yesterday, the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival announced that Night is Short, Walk On Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome) was awarded the Grand Prize for Features.

The film was one of two features directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Ping Pong, The Tatami Galaxy) in the running for the award, with the other being Lu Over the Wall. This made Yuasa the first filmmaker in the history of the Ottawa International Film Festival’s history to have two works nominated for the Grand Prize for Features award.

Other nominees included:

  • My Dogs, Jinjin and Akida (directed by Jong-duck Cho)
  • Torrey Pines (directed by Clyde Petersen)
  • I’ll Just Live in Bando (directed by Youngsun Lee)

The feature opened in Japanese theaters on April 7. Anime Limited gave the feature runs in the UK and Ireland earlier this month.

Night is Short, Walk on Girl is based on Tomihiko Morimi’s novel of the same name. Yuasa directed the feature at Science Saru, with Yusuke Nakamura (Tatami Galaxy) providing character designs. Makoto Ueda wrote the film’s script. Asian Kung-Fu Generation performed the film’s theme song.

The main staffers previously collaborated on 2010 series The Tatami Galaxy. Yusuke Nakamura also designed the cover for the Night is Short, Walk on Girl novel.

Source: Anime News Network

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