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Toei's Niji-Iro Hotaru Anime Film's Staff, Date Listed

posted on by Justin Sevakis

Toei Animation announced this past weekend that its upcoming feature film, Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~ (Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation) will open in Japan on May 19.

According to the film's official website, the film is directed by Kōnosuke Uda (One Piece, Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy), and features an adapted screenplay by Kei Kunii (The Princess Blade live action film), along with character designs and animation direction by Hisashi Mori (Samurai 7). Takaaki Yamashita (Saint Seiya, Summer Wars) is contributing to visual art, and Seiki Tamura (K-ON!, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) is serving as art director. Masataka Tatsutoya (Sonic X) is composing the music.

Based on Masayuki Kawaguchi's 2007 novel, the film is about a sixth grade boy named Yuta on his summer vacation. His father passed away one year ago in a traffic accident, and Yūta now goes alone to visit a place where he and his father once shared memories. The two had gone often to an unused dam deep in the mountains to collect the rhinoceros beetles nearby. Yūta suddenly receives a shock in a thunderstorm, loses his footing, and gets knocked out. When he wakes up, he see a small girl and a village — except this village is the one that should be submerged below the dam. Yūta realizes that he slipped back time to over thirty years ago, before the dam was completed. Another summer vacation, and another chance for Yūta to reclaim what cannot be reclaimed, begins.

[Via Anime Anime]

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