"Uchiage Hanabi" (Japanese: 打上花火, official English is "Fireworks") is a song by Daoko and Kenshi Yonezu released in August 2017. "Uchiage Hanabi" means "launching fireworks". The song is used for the anime film Fireworks and the album Thank You Blue. There are two solo versions, Yonezu's solo version released for Bootleg for minimalist rearrangement, and Daoko's solo version for Shiteki Ryoko. It ranked number one in Billboard Japan Hot Animation for 25 weeks. It won Song of the Year of Space Shower Music Awards in 2018.
The song received many positive reviews, and was described as merging the light sadness of summer and floweriness of fireworks, mixing delicate piano and strings with an electro effect and producing a beautiful scene. The music video for the song has garnered over 400 million views on YouTube.
|Japan (RIAJ)||2× Platinum||500,000*|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
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Synonyms: Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?, Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?, DAOKO x Yonezu Kenshi
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 9, 2017
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Duration: 4 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Fireworks (2017 film)
2017 anime film
Fireworks (Japanese: 打ち上げ花火、下から見るか? 横から見るか?, Hepburn: Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?, lit. "Skyrockets, Watch from Below? Watch from the Side?"), also known as Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? is a 2017 Japanese animatedromance film based on Shunji Iwai's live-action television film of the same name. It received mixed reviews from critics who praised it for music and animation, but criticized the narrative and characterization. It is the sixth highest-grossing anime film of 2017 and has grossed over $26 million worldwide. It was also released by Madman Entertainment,Anime Limited and GKIDS.
Norimichi Shimada and Nazuna Oikawa live in the town of Moshimo (Japanese for "if"). The students make a bet regarding whether fireworks are round or flat in the sky when seen from the side. While declining the plan about moving with her mother and her fiancé, Nazuna finds a small glass marble. As Norimichi and Yusuke clean the swimming pool, Nazuna joins them in a race. Yusuke wins and Nazuna asks him to go on a date tonight. Nazuna packs a suitcase and plans to leave home. Yusuke bails on the date, and Nazuna is dragged home after being caught by her mother. Norimichi finds the marble from the suitcase and throws it, wishing that he won the race, causing it to rewind time. Back when the race occurred, Norimichi wins this time around and Nazuna asks him on a date. They head to the train station, but are caught once again by Nazuna's mother. While noticing the fireworks are flat, Norimichi is aware he is in an alternate timeline and wishes for another chance to escape with Nazuna. He throws the marble from a lighthouse and reverses time again to the encounter, but he manages to elude the family by boarding the train with her. They are caught again by the couple and their friends. When Yusuke pushes the two off from the lighthouse balcony, Norimichi uses the marble once again, wishing for no one to see him and Nazuna. Time jumps back again and the train takes a different route, leaving the two in a strange reality with the town encapsulated in a glass dome. After a pyrotechnician uses the marble as a leftover firework charge, it explodes in the sky. After seeing the future within each shard, Nazuna asks Norimichi where they will meet next. The next day, the school notices Norimichi's absence.
|Nazuna Oikawa (及川 なずな, Oikawa Nazuna)||Suzu Hirose||Brooklyn Nelson|
|A female student whose father died after the divorce. Though she does not have friends, she falls in love with Norimichi.|
|Norimichi Shimada (島田 典道, Shimada Norimichi)||Masaki Suda||Ryan Shanahan|
|A male student learning that fireworks are flat.|
|Yusuke Azumi (安曇 祐介, Azumi Yusuke)||Mamoru Miyano||Aaron Dalla Villa|
|Norimichi's friend. He believes Nazuna is in love with him or Norimichi.|
|Nazuna's mother||Takako Matsu||Julie Ann Taylor|
|An unnamed family woman whom the latter is upset with. She and her fiancé plan to leave town.|
On December 7, 2016, the film was announced with a release date of August 18, 2017. Hitoshi Ōne added modern elements for the film. The cast and crew were also announced. On April 14, 2017, a second teaser trailer for the film was released. A 30-second trailer, the third promotional video for the film, was released in June 2017. The film's theme song, "Uchiage Hanabi", is performed by Daoko and Kenshi Yonezu. The music video has garnered over 452 million views on YouTube.
The film premiered in Japan on August 18, 2017, and in the United Kingdom on October 15, 2017. In July 2017, it was distributed in 110 countries and regions. Edko Films Ltd released the film in Hong Kong on October 31, 2017.Madman Entertainment released the film on October 5, 2017. It was released in the United Kingdom on November 15, 2017. Madness Entertainment released the film in Mexico on February 16, 2018.GKIDS premiered the film in the United States on July 3, 2018, with the wide release on July 4, 2018. To promote the release, GKIDS released the film's trailer and images on May 23, 2018.
The film grossed ¥170 million from 133,000 admissions,¥295 million from 220,000 admissions in two days and grossed a total of ¥460 million (US$4.2 million) within three days of the premiere across 296 theaters, ranking at No. 3. The film placed at No. 4 on its second weekend. It stayed at No. 4 on the third weekend, where it grossed ¥104 million from 78,000 admissions, and earned a total of ¥1.1 billion. In late 2017, the film had grossed ¥1.59 billion ($14,175,401) in Japan. It grossed $26 million worldwide on 3 December 2017, including $10.7 million in China, Singapore, Malaysia and United Kingdom, and $15.3 million in other territories including Japan. The film grossed $11,943,229 in China, $525,280 in the United States and Canada, $46,664 in Thailand and Bolivia, $191,137 in South Korea, and $91,155 in Spain and the United Kingdom, for a global total of $28,097,465.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 4.94/10. The site's critical consensus states "Fireworks seeks sparks in an ambitious blend of storytelling genres, but this misguided anime effort never truly takes flight". On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 40 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The film received praise before it was released from several critics and journalists. Musician Koremasa Uno lauded the voice acting and said the film "doesn't feel like a work from Iwai or Hitoshi Ōne, the scriptwriter. Rather, it feels more like the anime of the studio creating it, Shaft, and its producer, Genki Kawamura." Film writer Tatsuya Masutō wrote on his Twitter account that the "expectations surrounding the film did not disappoint, and the anime could be better than the original live-action drama." He also noted that the anime is "more than just a remake" and the "90-minute run time compared to the 50-minute original helps add to the content". Kim Morrissy of Anime News Network gave the film an "B" grade and applauded the "great music and voice acting" and the "simple yet emotionally compelling plot" but criticized the film's production values and visuals that "don't really add anything to the film except to broadcast that it was made by SHAFT". Mark Schilling of The Japan Times gave the film a rating of 3½ out of 5 stars and praised the film's "pure-hearted love story". Mark concluded the review by writing, "Fireworks nails it again and again—or maybe that was just me, slipping back into long-ago dreams of the perfect girl gazing into my soul, forever out of reach."
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DAOKO × Kenshi Yonezu - Uchiage Hanabi
"Uchiage Hanabi" is the 1st track from the "Uchiage Hanabi" single released by DAOKO. It was released on August 16, 2017 and is used as the theme song for the anime "Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?".
- Title: 打上花火
- Also Known As: Fireworks , Uchiage Hanabi
- Genre: Pop
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Lyrics for Uchiage Hanabi by DAOKO × Kenshi Yonezu.
Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?
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English: Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 18, 2017
Producers:Aniplex, Toho, Lawson HMV Entertainment, Toy's Factory, JR East Marketing & Communications, Kadokawa, LINE Corporation, Toho Music
Licensors:NYAV Post, GKIDS
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Official Site, AnimeDB, AnimeNewsNetwork, Wikipedia
It's summer, and Norimichi Shimada and his friends want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side. They forge a plan to find the answer at Moshimo Festival's fireworks display. However, Norimichi finds himself conflicted when his classmate, Nazuna Oikawa, plans to run away from home and wants Norimichi to join her. When things go awry in their attempt to escape, a strange orb in Nazuna's possession gives them another chance at staying together.
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Just a heads up, but the story was really bad and confusing. Just because some of the people who contributed helped make Kimi no na wa doesn't mean it'll be good.
The art was alright, but Shaft's other works were better. You could say they wasted their talent on it.
No bad opinion on the sound, it wasn't bad.
The characters? Hated each and every one of them! They were all so annoying and bland, and they didn't even improve in the end.
Overall, it was a disappointment. I recommend you listen to the soundtrack online instead of watching this disaster.
I just saw this movie in theaters. This review is going to be kind of long, so let me put this in general terms:
If you're watching this movie because it has nice art: just watch the music video for the image song, Uchiage Hanabi by DAOKO. It contains almost all the nice shots from the movie (missing the ending sequence, which although is slightly odd, is very beautifully animated. So maybe watch the music video then wait for the movie to be available to stream then skip to the ending to see the pretty fireworks and surreal animation).
If you're watching this movie because it's Shaft or because of a famous voice actor: I don't think anything I say here will stop you from watching the movie, so go for it.
If you're watching this movie because you're intrigued by the story: just know that this 2-sentence blurb from Wikipedia (the one on MyAnimeList is very strangely worded and sounds very bad, honestly) is the entire plot: "The story takes place one day in summer. A group of young men are planning to watch fireworks from the town's lighthouse, wondering if fireworks are round or flat when seen from the side. Somewhere else, the class idol Nazuna asks the boy who likes her, Norimichi, to elope with her. What fate awaits these two in a day that keeps repeating itself?" That's it. Don't expect much more.
Art: This would have been the best part of the movie if not for the random CGI scenes. There were several minute-long sequences where the movie would switch between beautiful animation of the characters on bikes featured in the trailer to some horrible CGI rendering of the characters on bikes, then back and forth until they got to their destination. It honestly looked horrible and ruined the look of the movie. Other than that, the fireworks and other scenes were lit beautifully, and I can't remember there being any moments where the animation looked super rushed (though of course there were parts, but I count on stuff looking better on the Blu-Ray). Overall the art was cool to look at and Shaft definitely incorporated their own style by including their signature "head tilt" use of odd camera angles.
Overall it wasn't terrible, but definitely ruined by that horrible CGI.
Sound: This is what first drew me to the film and it was the best part of it, followed by the art (which would have tied if not for the horrible CGI parts). It was slightly disappointing that the image song only played during the credits, and there was one awkward part where Nazuna danced to a slow song for the full 4 minutes in the middle of the movie. While the song wasn't bad, its placement and length was; it made me feel like I was watching someone's ridiculous drug-fueled hallucination instead of Uchiage Hanabi.
The voice actors for the two main characters are actually live action stars rather than anime voice actors. I wouldn't have even known this if I didn't look it up. It was a bit odd to see famous voice actors play the side characters, but the only one that I noticed sounding off was Yuusuke's voice actor (who is an anime VA), who sounded really fake. There was a particular line when the boys arrived at the festival that sounded so bad both me and my friend turned to each other in confusion (we were wondering if he sounded that way on purpose to be sarcastic, but no, it was an actual line).
Characters: I know this is not an original work so maybe cutting some characters was out of the question, but everyone except for the main characters Nazuna and Narumichi, the male rival Yuusuke, and Nazuna's parents were unnecessary. Okay, since some of the other friends sparked the "Are fireworks round or flat?" debate that the movie is named after, I guess they are necessary too, but you don't need more than 2 of them.
While I've already stated they were unnecessary, there was a particular character that definitely should not have been included. The homeroom teacher (and her boyfriend, another teacher at the school) got some screen time in the beginning and a little at the end and I can't find anything that they add to the film other than to make those watching feel uncomfortable. The homeroom teacher is female and has a large chest, and there is a 2-minute long scene when the characters arrive at school of them guessing her bra size (one of the friends has a crush (if you can call it that?) on the teacher, which is what sparks the... discussion), then again while in homeroom the student makes a comment about the teacher's chest to her face and instead of getting reprimanded is slightly teased and the whole class laughs at his "joke." My friend and I found this to be very uncomfortable and it definitely made me feel worse about the movie. I can't remember the character's ages but they seemed to be in middle school if anything.
As for the main characters, they seemed to be pretty generic. Nazuna was a quiet "mysterious" girl that the two main boys, Narimichi (brown hair) and Yuusuke (black hair) have a crush on. I wasn't paying close enough attention so I'm not sure if they had a crush on her before a certain day or if they knew both of them had a crush on her. Narimichi seemed a little nicer and more awkward than Yuusuke.
Story: Honestly, the story blurb from Wikipedia was the entire movie. Other than that, I found a hard time understanding the motives behind the character's actions. I'm not entirely sure how to explain this without some slight spoilers for the beginning part, so for those curious I've put my explanation (skip the one paragraph if you don't want to read it) below:
I may have missed the explanation, but it is established that the character Yuusuke likes Nazuna. She asks him to go to the firework festival with her. He agrees, but then later blows her off. I'm sure there was some sort of explanation, but then later in the movie when Narimichi "redoes" the day and gets Nazuna to ask him out instead, Yuusuke flips out. I realize he has no knowledge in this redo that he was previously asked out, but his character should remain the same. Why did he freak out that Narimichi was asked out when he would have blown her off anyway? I'm sure there was some sort of explanation but it was quiet early in the movie and I must have missed it.
The story also suffered from poor writing at parts, whether it was from the original source or added in this adaptation I don't know. The movie also felt like it started to drag along towards the end when it lost its charm and it began to leap off the deep end. Two scenes that particularly stood out to be as bad are in the middle of the movie. The next two paragraphs are going to have SLIGHT spoilers, but I will describe the scenes in very general terms, so they're not huge spoilers.
Slight spoilers for this scene: Nazuna's parents figure out she is trying to run away and are dragging her away. Narumichi tries to help her and runs forward and grabs the father's arm yelling for him to let go of Nazuna. Instead of shaking off this tiny middle school kid like the large father he appears to be, he whips around and punches Narimichi in the face (yes, in the face, and Narimichi has bruises for a while). The boy then drops to the floor and the scene cuts 2 minutes in the future to show Nazuna's parents driving off with her in the car and Narumichi still on the floor. Wait, what? This dad just punched a kid. who immediately dropped to the floor and didn't appear to be able to get up, and left? What kind of world is this? The parents didn't seem THAT bad; definitely not perfect, but we've seen worse.
Another scene not far from the previous one is when Nazuna's parents are in the car driving on the highway next to the train she got on. The train exits a tunnel when Nazuna is standing in front of the window and people, including the parents in their car, see her standing and begin to frantically chase after her. Narimichi then redoes this scene and makes Nazuna sit down so that she is not seen. We are then shown a shot of her parents crying in the car and don't appear to be chasing the train as frantically. Why? They literally just saw her get on the train, and this is a rural town in the middle of the evening, it's not like they don't know which train she got on? The train also didn't stop so they actually should know for 100% certainty that she is still on it. But apparently since they can't see her in the window, they don't think she is on it. As a result, they aren't waiting for her at the next stop, which is what would make sense, right?
Overall enjoyment: The most subjective part of the rating. Honestly, for me this ties in very closely with the story, because if there are huge plot holes, I won't enjoy it. I can enjoy listening to the movie and looking at the pretty pictures, but I won't really enjoy the movie itself if there are some glaring flaws. Because of the terrible writing (in my opinion) and flow, I will have to rate my enjoyment and overall score a lot lower.
Final disclaimer: I am not a fluent or native Japanese speaker, but I was able to understand almost all that was being said, but I thought I would put this disclaimer here because as a non-native speaker, there are undoubtedly subtle things I missed.
I can describe this movie in 2 words: Almost perfect. Why? Because while it had the potential to be great, it had small mishaps that led to its inability to reach perfection.
Before I begin, let me just say that I watched this in the cinemas 3 weeks after its premiere at United Cinemas. And inside the theater, there were only 3 people. And so I began to wonder, "Is the movie not good after all?". My opinion then changed after the movie ended.
So what made it almost perfect? Was it the plot? As far as I can tell, there was nothing wrong with the sequence of the plot. It's a slice of life romance with a hint of magic. It's a style we're all familiar with, and so it wasn't difficult to follow.
Was it the characters? I don't believe so. The characters were appealing and memorable. Heck, they almost resemble real people. Even the voice acting was so natural that it didn't sound like it was scripted. Perhaps it's because it was based on a live-action drama.
Was it the music? Absolutely not. The BGM and soundtracks were amazing. Without the music, it wouldn't have the dramatic atmosphere during each scene. Also, that ending theme was so good that I ended up listening to it when I got home.
So what was the flaw? The animation. Don't get me wrong. The settings were ridiculously well-made, almost resembling real life locations. The signature Shaft "head turns" were apparent, so you know it didn't come from a panel manga. But what really destroyed my experience was the sudden 2d to 3d transition. I understand that 3d makes everything easier, but they would've at least used it at the appropriate scenes. There was no reason to use 3d for a bike scene or walking scene.Also, the out-of-place exaggerated reactions. I know it's common for anime to add in exaggerated expressions, but the movie didn't need to include it because it was already perfect without it.
So yes, as much as I want to give it a perfect score, these mistakes blew it for me. But in the end, I did enjoy watching the movie. And even if people think the whole movie is flat or round, I'm still glad that I saw a spectacular display: a display of fireworks.
Warning: Possible Light Spoilers
I just finished watching "Uchiage Hanabi" in theaters. It has been out for about two weeks, so the theater was about half full in one of the smaller rooms. To be honest, I am not sure what to think of this movie. While this work is absolutely visually beautiful, there were several sections where CG was used, likely to speed up production (hopefully this will be fixed in the DVD / Blu-ray release). Story-wise, it was pretty slow, but really interesting for me. It was pretty deep, playing with the concept of divergent worlds: how each decision we make can affect the entire world. This movie give the main character the chance to go back, make different decisions, and see how it plays out. There were several humorous moments to break up the serious atmosphere, and I think they were well timed, and flowed with the story. On the other-hand, the movie ended abruptly. No joke, this was like partial resolution, wake up the next day, end. It feels like it ended two-thirds through the movie. I always want to see more, but this really does just feel unfinished. As I was leaving the theater, many of the other viewer commented that they didn't understand the movie.
In conclusion, while I have major issues with the ending, I would suggest watching it on Hulu or Crunchyroll. I would not recommend paying to see it in theaters, and only buy the movie if you are a major fan.
*Disclaimer: Japanese is not my first language, and while I do speak it conversationally, there could be a lot that I missed. The film was not subtitled in Japanese or English.
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