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?
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