The Ottawa International Animation Festival has announced its partial lineup for works that will screen in competition at this year’s festival. Both of Masaaki Yuasa’s recent anime films, Lu over the wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta) and Night is Short, Walk On Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome), will screen in competition in the feature film category.
The two films are competing against Jong-duck Cho’s My Dogs, Jinjin and Akida, Clyde Petersen’s Torrey Pines, and one more film to be announced.
Lu over the wall opened in Japan on May 19, 2017, and won the top “Cristal for a Feature Film” award at the Annecy International Film Festival in June 2017. The film is Yuasa’s first anime film with an original story.
Yuasa directed the film at his Science SARU studio, and collaborated with Reiko Yoshida on the script. Yōko Nemu provided the original character designs, and Nobutake Ito adapted the designs for for animation and served as animation director. Takatsugu Muramatsu composed the music, and Kazuyoshi Saitō performed the theme song “Uta Utai no Ballad.”
Night is Short, Walk On Girl opened in Japan on April 7, 2017. The film adapts Tomihiko Morimi’s novel of the same name.
The main staff of The Tatami Galaxy anime returned for the film. Yuasa directed the film at his Science SARU studio, and Makoto Ueda wrote the script. Yūsuke Nakamura, the cover artist for the original novel as well as The Tatami Galaxy, designed the characters. Michiru Oshima composed the music.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival will be taking place September 20-24, 2017.