Niji-iro Hotaru Film's 1st 20 Minutes Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Toei's summer vacation story directed by Kônosuke Uda to open on May 19

The official website for Toei's Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~ (Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation) anime film began streaming the first 20 minutes of the film on Monday. The video is available to watch until May 18, the day before the film premieres in theaters in Japan.

Based on Masayuki Kawaguchi's 2007 novel, the story follows a sixth-grade boy named Yūta who slips back in time 30 years during summer vacation. After his father's death, Yūta tries to reclaim what was lost by experiencing summer activities like insect collecting and fireworks and discovering his first love in a village that should be underwater.

The cast and theme singer for the film were revealed in late January.Two trailers were also streamed for the film in February.

Konosuke Uda (One Piece, Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy) is directing the film, which 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 Matsutoya (Sonic X) is composing the music.

[Via Duune99, Crunchyroll]

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