Masaaki Yuasa's "The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl" Wins Japan Academy Film Prize's "Animation of the Year"
Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya voiced the leads in the romantic comedy film
The 41st Japan Academy Prize Awards ceremony was held at the Grand Prince Hotel Shitakanawa in Tokyo on March 2 and Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy)'s anime film adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi's award-winning romantic comedy novel Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome/The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (Night is short, Walk, Girl) was chosen as the "Animation of the Year" from the five candidates.
The Science Saru-produced film was released in Japan on April 7, 2017. It ranked 7th in the weekly box
office ranking in its debut weekend, then quickly disappeared from the top 10 in the following weekend.
Though it failed to make much impact in the box office, its eccentric visual and story telling was praised
by the critics. Five months after the Japanese release, it won the "Best Animated Feature" prize at the
41st Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Other four "Excellent Animation of the Year" films were:
(Toho/Akiyuki Shinbo-general director, Nobuyuki Takeuchi)
(Warner Brothers Japan/Kenji Kamiyama)
"Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter"
Q&A session with the director Yuasa at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2017
© Tomihiko Morimi, KADOKAWA/Nakame no Kai
Main Voice Cast:
Senpai: Gen Hoshino (singer-songwriter)
Kurokami no Otome: Kana Hanazawa (Hinata Kawamoto in March Comes in like a Lion)
School Festival Executive Director: Hiroshi Kamiya (Levi in Attack on Titan)
Pant Soubancho: Ryuji Akiyama (a member of comedian unit Robert)
Higuchi Shisho: Kazuya Nakai (Roronoa Zoro in One Piece)
Hanuki Ryoko: Yuko Kaida (the same voice cast in The Tatami Galaxy)
God in The Used Book Market: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Iwaizumi Hajime in Haikyu!!)
Noriko Suda: Seiko Niizuma (Solcieel in PreCure All Stars: Singing with Everyone♪ Miraculous Magic!)
Nise Jyogasaki: Junichi Suwabe (Archer in Fate/stay night)
Princess Daruma: Aoi Yuuki (Madoka Kaname in Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Johnny: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Gai Shishioh in King of Braves GaoGaiGar)
Todo-san: Kazuhiro Yamaji (Japanese dub voice of Jason Statham)
Rihaku-san: Mugihito (Japanese dub voice of Patrick Stuart)