Whether you’re looking at the top or the bottom, you’re right.
Earlier today, GKIDS announced that they acquired the rights to the Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? (Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?) anime film. The feature is slated to hit theaters this summer.
Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? 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 Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? 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: Twitter (GKIDSFilms)