Two films of auteur Masaaki Yuasa to be screened at Ottawa International Animation Festival

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Two original new films by Japanese auteur Masaaki Yuasa will be shown at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Over the last 10 years, the Japanese TV and film personality received a lot of attention for his trademark free-form style and TV projects such as Ping Pong, The Tatami Galaxy and Kaiba and short film Kick-Heart. 

Yuasa also directed and animated the acclaimed “Food Chain” episode of Adventure Time during its sixth season.

The first feature Night Is Short, Walk On Girl is based on Tomihiko Morimi’s (Tamako Market) novel of the same name.

Based on a script by Makoto Ueda, the director produced the film at his Science SARU studio. The film centers on an upper-classman who falls in love with a younger student and tries to win her heart.

The film features character designs by Yusuke Nakamura, who also worked on Tatami Galaxy.

Incidentally, Yuasa’s second film Lu Over the Wall opened in Japan last May and won the Cristal for Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

The film charts the adventures of a middle school boy who moves with his father from Tokyo to a small fishing town after his parents’ divorce.

There, he makes new friendships, meets a mermaid and ultimately learns to be courageous and open up his heart to life’s possibilities.

Also produced by Science SARU, the film was penned by Yuasa and Reiko Yoshida, with character designs by Youko Nemu.