(Uchiage Hanabi, Shita Kara Miru ka? Yoko Kara Miru ka?)

If only I could return to that day.

Japanese animated romantic drama produced by Japanese animation studio Shaft, based on the 1993 live-action drama of the same name.... More

One summer day in a seaside town, students Norimichi and Yusuke meet their crush, Nazuna, at the pool where they then have a swimming race to impress her. Norimichi loses, but finds a mysterious ball in the water. Yusuke wins and is asked by Nazuna to go watch the fireworks together. When Nazuna reveals to Norimichi that she was going to elope with the winner to get away from her mother’s remarriage, Norimichi angrily throws the ball he found in the water. At once, he finds himself back at the moment of the race. With the day repeating over and over again, what answers will Nazuna and Norimuchi find?Hide

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  • A fair to middling anime that packs a lot of cuteness into its regulation 90-minute running time, but delivers little ... gender- and generation-bridging magic. Full Review

  • Fireworks merely proves an ill-advised endeavour to tweak the original drama's musings on early adolescent desire and small quirks of luck into a full-on fantasy romance. Full Review

  • Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? stands out due to the names attached, including mega-producer Genki Kawamura. Full Review

  • While this low-key heart-squeezer isn't quite in the same league as the hauntingly beguiling Your Name, it is hard to resist its daydreamy, will-they-or-won't-they? vibe for long. Full Review