Groundhog Day meets the colourful aesthetic of Your Name’s fireworks scene.
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21 Aug 2017 - 4:15 PM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2017 - 4:15 PM

A new film by Madoka Magica’s Studio Shaft is coming to Australia.

Over the SMASH! weekend, Madman announced they’ll be bringing the anime adaptation of Shunji Iwai’s 1993 live-action romantic fantasy film, Fireworks, to Australia and New Zealand. It’s unclear when exactly the film will release but we expect to hear more news from Madman at their upcoming anime convention Madman Anime Festival in Melbourne  on November 4-5.

The film is a Groundhog day story set around the lives of teens Norimichi, Yusuke and Nazuna, during the summertime in a small Japanese town by the sea. Nazuna, a young girl the two yearn for, struggles to deal with her new family after her mother remarries; looking to run away and escape. After losing a swimming race to decide who should ask Nazuna out on a date, Norimichi throws a magical ball he discovers by the pool into the water, repeating the events of the day again and again.

Studio Shaft (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari, Nisekoi) will produce the film, with former key Studio Ghibli animator, Noboyuki Takeuchi (Spirited Away, Penguindrum, Bakemonogatari) serving as Director, and Hitoshi One (live-action Bakuman) writing the script. Satoru Kousaki will compose the soundtrack with the film’s theme performed by Kenshi Yonezu and Japanese female rapper DAOKO

According to Sports Nippon, the film sold 133,000 tickets on its opening day, earning ¥$170 million (approximately $200,000 AUD), and is expected to sell a total of four billion yen in the Japanese box office.

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