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"Look Back" to be screened at the Annecy Film Festival! New scene cuts also released

New details have been announced for the anime movie "Look Back," set to be released on June 28th. It has been confirmed that the film will be screened at the "Annecy International Animation Film Festival," the world's largest animation film festival, in the newly established "Annecy Presents" category starting this year.


Anime “Look Back” ,kyomoto and fujino

Scene cut from the theatrical animation “Look Back” (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


The Annecy International Animation Film Festival is held annually in June in southeastern France and is one of the largest animation film festivals in the world. This year, it will take place from June 9 to June 15, local time in France.


Anime “Look Back” ,kyomoto and fujino

Scene cut from the theatrical animation “Look Back” (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


This year, for the first time, the "Annecy Presents" category has been introduced with the aim of showcasing the diversity and richness of animation works from around the world and sharing ambitious global animations with all audiences.


Anime “Look Back” ,kyomoto

Scene cut from the theatrical animation “Look Back” (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


Other Japanese works like "Detective Conan The Million-dollar Pentagram" and "Sandland" are also scheduled for screening. Details of the screening dates for "Look Back" and other information will be announced later.


Visual of the theatrical animation “Look Back”

Visual of the theatrical animation “Look Back” (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


In commemoration, new scene photos have also been released. The photos include scenes where Fujino and Kyomoto check the results of their manga submissions to "Weekly Shonen Jump," their first meeting, them enjoying the city, and a four-panel comic strip sneaking through a door gap.


Theatrical animation “Look Back” bonus booklet for visitors

Theatrical animation “Look Back” bonus booklet for visitors (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


"Look Back," created by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the author of "Chainsaw Man," is a growth story through manga of fourth-grader Fujino and his truant classmate Kyomoto. It starts with their four-panel comic being published in the school newspaper, evolving into a coming-of-age story through their middle and high school years. A catastrophic event one day shatters everything. The story was originally published as a 143-page one-shot in "Shonen Jump+" on July 19, 2021, and received over 2.5 million views on its first day, garnering significant acclaim for its brilliance and impact. It was ranked first in the men's category of "This Manga is Amazing! 2022" and was also nominated for the "Manga Taisho 2022."


Anime “Look Back” , fujino

Scene cut from the theatrical animation “Look Back” (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


This anime adaptation is directed by Kiyotaka Oshiyama, who has worked on numerous film projects such as "Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance", "The Secret World of Arrietty", and "The Wind Rises". Oshiyama also serves as the scriptwriter and character designer, while Studio Durian is responsible for the animation production.


Scene cut from the theatrical animation “Look Back”

Scene cut from the theatrical animation “Look Back” (C) Tatsuki Fujimoto/Shueisha (C) 2024 “Look Back” Production Committee


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