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Yen Press Licenses Shunji Iwai, Hitoshi Ōne's Fireworks Novel

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Novel shipped in Japan in June before new anime adaptation premiered in August

North American manga licensor Yen Press announced on Friday that it has licensed Shunji Iwai and Hitoshi Ōne's Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? novel. Yen Press will release the novel in August.

Yen Press describes the novel:

On the eve of a fireworks festival in a quiet port town, a young boy wonders with his childhood friend what fireworks look like from the side. Their curiosity drives them to make a promise that they'll climb a light house and find out for sure. But that evening, the girl he secretly likes suddenly asks him to run away with her. Where will this summer night lead him?

Kadokawa Bunko published the novel in Japan in June 2017.

The original 45-minute television drama premiered in Japan in August 1993 as part of the If: Moshimo series, and it won Iwai the New Directors Award from the Directors Guild of Japan that year. Iwai worked with Ōne to write a new script for an anime film adaptation that premiered in Japan on August 18. Ōne's script adds modern elements to Iwai's original story. Nobuyuki Takeuchi directed the film at studio SHAFT, and Akiyuki Simbo served as chief director.

Makoto Fugetsu (Granblue Fantasy manga) launched a manga adaptation of the anime film in last year's July issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine on June 2. The manga ended in this year's March issue, which shipped on Friday. The manga's second compiled volume will ship on March 2.

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