Eight Anime Films Submitted for Consideration for the Animated Feature Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of 25 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. A maximum of five films from the list will receive the nomination.

Eight anime films are included in the list:

  • Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird
  • Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Akiyuki Simbo, and SHAFT’s Fireworks
  • Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Lu over the wall and Night is Short, Walk On Girl
  • Isamu Imakake and HS Pictures Studio’s The Laws of the Universe: Part 1
  • Studio 4°C and Ankama’s MFKZ
  • Mari Okada and P.A. Works’ Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms
  • Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s Mirai

The Academy will reveal the nominations on January 22, 2019. The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019.

Source: ANN

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the Fireworks Anime Film on Blu-ray and DVD on November 20, 2018

Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit your name. with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist in Fireworks. The animated tale will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 20, 2018 by GKIDS and Shout! Factory.

Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke are both enraptured by the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-colored ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

Bonus features are currently in progress and will be announced at a later date.

Fireworks Anime Film Grosses US$522,600 in U.S. Theaters

Box Office Mojo is listing a total gross of US$522,600 for U.S. screenings of Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) as of July 15, 2018. GKIDS screened the film as a collaboration with Fathom Events on July 3, 5, and 7, 2018. It also opened a separate theatrical release on July 4, 2018.

The Fireworks anime film adapts director Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action drama of the same name, but adds modern elements.

The film opened in Japan on August 18, 2018, earning 170 million yen (about US$1.56 million) on its opening day. The film debuted at number three in the Japanese box office. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1.6 billion yen (US$14,192,000) at the Japanese box office.

Source: ANN

Fireworks Anime Film’s Theatrical Release for the United States Is Scheduled for July 2018

GKIDS has announced that its U.S. theatrical release for the Fireworks anime film (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) is scheduled for July 3, 5, and 7, 2018 as a Fathom Event. The film will also get a separate theatrical release starting on July 4, 2018.

Fireworks is the first of five GKIDS films that Fathom Events will screen in the United States in 2018 as part of a new deal between the companies. GKIDS and Fathom Events previously collaborated to premiere Mary and The Witch’s Flower in January 2018, and are screening the ongoing Studio Ghibli Fest 2018.

The Fireworks anime film adapts director Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action drama of the same name.

Fireworks opened in Japanese theaters on August 18, 2017, earning 170 million yen (about US$1.56 million) on its opening day. The film debuted at #3 in the Japanese box office. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1.6 billion yen (US$14,192,000) at the Japanese box office.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses the Fireworks Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to the anime film Fireworks (Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?) and plans to release it theatrically in Summer 2018.

The anime film adapts director Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action drama of the same name, but adds modern elements.

Hitoshi Ōne worked with Iwai to write the film’s script and Nobuyuki Takeuchi directed the film at studio SHAFT. Akiyuki Simbo served as chief director. Akio Watanabe designed the characters, and Satoru Kousaki composed the music. Iwai is credited with the original work.

The film opened in Japan on August 18, 2017, earning 170 million yen (about US$1.56 million) on its opening day. The film debuted at #3 in the Japanese box office. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1.6 billion yen (US$14,192,000) at the Japanese box office.

Source: ANN

Cast Members Announced for the Fireworks Anime Film

Cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Fireworks live-action drama:

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

Hitoshi Ōne is writing the film’s script and Nobuyuki Takeuchi is directing the film at studio SHAFT. Akiyuki Simbo is serving as chief director. Akio Watanabe is designing the characters, and Satoru Kousaki is composing the music. Iwai is credited with the original work.

Fireworks is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on August 18, 2017.

Source: ANN