• "Look Back" Movie Trailer Released: Featuring the Voices of Fujino & Kyomoto, with a Manga Bookmark as a Pre-Sale Ticket Bonus
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"Look Back" Movie Trailer Released: Featuring the Voices of Fujino & Kyomoto, with a Manga Bookmark as a Pre-Sale Ticket Bonus

The trailer and main visual for the animated film "Look Back" (opening June 28) have been released.

The trailer starts with a scene showing Fujino (voiced by Yuumi Kawai), who is told by her classmates that she could become a manga artist in the future, looking pleased with herself. It then moves on to her meeting with Kyomoto (voiced by Mizuki Yoshida), a classmate who doesn't attend school, and the two of them starting to draw together.

The trailer, packed with emotional scenes and notable lines from Fujino and Kyomoto, highlights the essence of the film.

The theme song, "Light song," composed by haruka nakamura, features the ethereal vocals of urara, adding depth to the film. The newly released main visual captures Fujino and Kyomoto drawing together, leaning on each other's shoulders.

Furthermore, starting May 17, a special movie ticket card with bonuses will be available for purchase. The bonus is a "reversible four-panel manga bookmark" (with three different designs to choose from) available in limited quantities at theater box offices.

"Look Back," created by Tatsuki Fujimoto of "Chainsaw Man" fame, is a growth story through manga about Fujino and Kyomoto, classmates from fourth grade. The story takes a dramatic turn when a devastating event occurs. It begins with their four-panel comics being published in the school newspaper and follows their lives through middle and high school.

Published as a one-shot long-form manga in "Shonen Jump+" on July 19, 2021, spanning 143 pages, it immediately sparked widespread acclaim, amassing over 2.5 million views on its first day. It ranked first in the men's category of "This Manga is Amazing! 2022" and was nominated for the "Manga Grand Prize 2022."

This adaptation involves Kiyotaka Oshiyama, who has worked on numerous theatrical projects like "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance," "The Secret World of Arrietty," and "The Wind Rises." Oshiyama serves as the director, screenwriter, and character designer for the film, with Studio Dorian handling the animation production.

Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama's Full Comment

As an animator and animation director, I found a kinship with manga artists in the way we engage with our work. When I read "Look Back," I was deeply moved by the story, and I felt a resonance with Mr. Fujimoto, who created it. This made me believe I could approach this film as a personal project.

I'm grateful to Mr. Fujimoto, a monstrous manga artist, for generously lending us his work. As an artist who has spent his career in the world of animation, I aim to create a film that offers something unique from the manga.