Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?
Original Title:

© 2017 “Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom” Film Partners  All Rights Reserved. © 2017 “Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom” Film Partners All Rights Reserved.

A heart-moving love story presented by the most prominent staff of the New Wave Anime!


“If that day had been different...” One Summer day repeats again.
The fireworks sparkle when love encounters a miracle.
As seen in the unprecedented mega-hit of “your name.”, Japanese Animation is encountering a literal new wave with the advent of multi-talented creators. In Summer 2017, a dream team of Japanese cinema presents a brand new animated feature film “Fireworks, Should We see it from the Side or the Bottom?” Original story is a legendary TV drama created by Shunji Iwai (“Love Letter”, “A Bride for Rip Van Winkle”), reborn as a grand-scale story with a modern adaptation written by Hitoshi One (“Moteki”, “Bakuman.”). The two creators who keep astonishing the audiences with their sensational works depict a heart-touching love story drawn by a miracle in “One Summer day that repeats again and again.” General Director, Akiyuki Shinbo (“Puella Magi Madoka Magica”, ”Monogatari” series), brings his unique expression and direction, so called “Shinbo Magic” with his long-time co-worker, a hit-generating animation studio, “Shaft”, creating a world full of wonders with an unprecedented scale.


One Summer day, in a sea-side town. One Junior high school is gathered with an excitement before a firework show. Norimichi(Masaki Suda) and Yusuke(Mamoru Miyano), at a pool side, meets Nazuna(Suzu Hirose), an idol of their class, a girl they both secretly have a crush on. The two boys turn out to have a swimming match with Nazuna. Norimichi, although fails the match, finds a mysterious ball in the water. On the other hand, Yusuke, who won the fight, is asked by Nazuna to go out to watch the firework show together. After school, while boys have an argument whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed from sideways, Norimichi is told by Nazuna that she was going to ask out the one who won the swimming match. However, her true purpose was to “elope” with a boy from her remarrying mother. Nazuna, in front of Norimichi’s eyes, resists her mother who pulls her back home. Norimichi, powerlessly, only stares the situation and cannot do anything.
“If only I won the match thay day…”
Irritated, Norimichi throws the ball he found in the water and then…
He finds himself back in the moment of the swimming match. After the day repeated over and over again, what will Nazuna and Norimichi find in the end? And after all, is the firework round or flat when viewed from sideways?
When the fireworks sparkle, the love encounters a miracle…

Original story
Shunji Iwai
General Director
Akiyuki Shinbo
Nobuyuki Takeuchi
Genki Kawamura
Hitoshi One
Voice Cast
Suzu Hirose
Masaki Suda
Mamoru Miyano
Production Studio
Release Date in Japan