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Fireworks seeks sparks in an ambitious blend of storytelling genres, but this misguided anime effort never truly takes flight.



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On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are 'flat' or 'round' when they explode in the sky. With her parents divorcing, the young teenager Nazuna has more serious matters on her mind. Although unknown to the others, Nazuna's mother intends to take her away after the summer break. When Norimichi and Yusuke race 50 meters in the swimming pool, Nazuna secretly decides that the winner will accompany her when she runs away from home. Meanwhile the gang from school decides that the best way to figure out the shape of fireworks is to view them from the side, and they set out for a lighthouse above the beach from which the fireworks display will be fired. Read more at

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Masaki Suda
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It's a treat to see a film about young love where the young lovers aren't wise beyond their years; instead, they're prone to making stupid mistakes out of inexperience and perfectly understandable fear.

Jul 4, 2018 | Full Review…

A strange little movie that attempts the tricky feat of combining comedy, drama, sci-fi and romance, but it doesn't get those individual elements right so it never coheres as a whole.

Jul 4, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Fireworks is very much told from the male point of view, and Nazuna seldom rises above "free-spirited object of desire."

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The unrealized potential makes the rote line style and stagnant backdrops seem all the blander.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It's confusing and disorientating but brings back dreamy teen angst like the strongest of madeleines.

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Even at its most solid, the world sketched here has an unreality which is appealing in itself: the wind turbines spin much more quietly than you'd expect, and the grass beneath them is mysteriously still.

Oct 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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