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Look Back Anime Director Didn’t Go Home For Over Two Months & Worked On The Film Till The Eve Of Its Premiere

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An early premiere of the anime film adaptation of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Look Back was held in Tokyo on June 1, 2024. During the event, director Kiyotaka Oshiyama surprised the attendees by revealing the intense dedication and grueling schedule that went into completing the project.

Recounting his last minute efforts, Oshiyama explained that he was still working on the film until the afternoon of the day before the premiere.

He also shared that he had been staying at the studio for about two and a half months, often working late into the night. The completion of the film came so close to the premiere that he was only able to return home and sleep in his own bed for the first time in months the night before the event.

It was an extremely grueling period, like doing a hard triathlon every day. It was so thrilling daily that even now, I can’t quite feel that it’s over. I thought I could finally feel it’s finished by having everyone watch it today. I was drawing until yesterday afternoon, and it was completed last night. I stayed at the company for about two and a half months. Finally, I went home last night and slept in my own bed. I think I’ve accumulated quite a bit of sleep debt.

Due to his intense work schedule, he didn’t have time to prepare for the event and had to rush out to buy new clothes, as he had nothing appropriate to wear.

I was drawing until yesterday afternoon. I had this event today but didn’t have clothes to wear, so I rushed out and bought them in the afternoon. Everything I’m wearing is brand new.

Some fans noted that this shouldn’t be surprising as Oshiyama was overlooking most of the work including screenplay and character designs for the movie.

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Look Back anime film is scheduled to release in the Japanese theatres on June 28, 2024.

The director had previously hinted that he is aiming to create Look Back film differently from the manga.

Studio Duran is in charge of the anime film’s production, while Kiyotaka Oshiyama will be directing, handling the screenplay and also the character designs for Look Back.

Look Back is a Japanese one-shot web manga written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto. It was published on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ in July 2021.

MAL describes the plot of Look Back as:

Fourth-grader Ayumu Fujino regularly draws four-panel manga for her school newspaper and is lauded as having the best artwork in her class. One day, she is asked by her teacher to turn over one of her manga slots in the school newspaper to a truant student named Kyomoto. When Kyomoto’s manga pops up alongside Fujino’s, it receives high praises for its detailed artwork, making Fujino furiously jealous.

Refusing to be beaten by someone who barely attends school, Fujino devotes herself to learning to create manga. As time goes on though, her goal of outshining Kyomoto seems to only get further and further away, and Fujino, now in sixth grade, eventually gives up and quits making manga.

Graduation day arrives, and Fujino is asked to deliver Kyomoto’s graduation certificate to her. Through chance, the two end up coming face to face, and their unexpected meeting will end up having consequences far beyond what either of them could ever predict.

Source: Oricon

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