Monday, June 12, 2017

"Frozen" Elsa JP Voice Actress Takako Matsu Joins Shaft's "Uchiage Hanabi/Fireworks" Film

The official LINE blog for the upcoming anime film adaptation of internationally acclaimed Japanese director Shunji Iwai's 1993 TV drama Uchiage Hanabi, Uekara Miruka Shitakara Miruka?/Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? today announced its five additional voice cast, including 40-year-old Takako Matsu as the main heroine Nazuna Oikawa's mother.


This is her first voice acting for an animation film in four years since the Japanese dub version of Frozen (titled Anna and The Snow Queen in Japan) in 2013, in which she voiced one of the two protagonists, Elsa. Back in 1998, her first starring film Shigatsu Monoigatari/April Story was also directed by Iwai as his 9th film. 



Announced additional voice cast:


 Takako Matsu: Nazuna's mother


 Kana Hanazawa: Miura-sensei

  (Nazuna, Norimichi and Yusuke's homeroom teacher)


 Shintaro Asanuma: Junichi

 Toshiyuki Toyonaga: Kazuhiro

 Yuki Kaji: Minoru

 (Nazuna, Norimichi and Yusuke's classmates)



The TV drama was first aired on Fuji TV on August 26, 1993. Its story is set in one day during the summer

vacation and focuses on two elementary school boys, Norimichi and Yusuke. The two are best friends and

both are falling in love with their classmate girl, Nazuna. But because of her parents' divorce, she will have

to be transferred to other school before the second semester begins, and the two boys doesn't know about

it yet. Nazuna, who does not get along with her parents, secretly decides to run away with one of the two

who wins in a swimming race.


The anime film edition is directed by Nobuyuki Takeuchi, who has worked as visual and production designer

for Shaft's Monogatari series, on a screenplay by Hiroshi Oune (Moteki, Bakuman. live-action film director).

Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) serves as general director. Shaft works on anime production.


18-year-old actress Suzu Hirose voices the main heroine Nazuna Oikawa, alongside Masaki Suda as Norimichi

Shimada and Mamoru Miyano as Yusuke Azumi. This is the second anime voice acting work for Hirose since 

Mamoru Hosoda's Bakemono no Ko/The Boy and The Beast in 2015.


The main characters' ages are set higher than the drama, junior high school students. While following the

same plot as the original drama in the beginning, the anime film newly includes a time loop element.

After Norimichi failed to rescue Nazuna from her mother, with the power of a miracle ball she found at

the sea, he is able to repeat the day over again. Will he be able to save her in his repeated attempts?



2nd trailer


Poster visual


Source: "Uchiage Hanabi, Uekara Miruka Shitakara Miruka?" anime film official website


©2017 "Uchiage Hanabi, Uekara Miruka Shitakara Miruka?" Production Committee 


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