©Yoshitoki Oima・Kodansha / "A SILENT VOICE" Movie Production Committee

Event organizer Primetrade Asia has announced on Thursday that the anime films Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? and A Silent Voice will be screened at The Best of Anime 2018 next month.


Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?
©2017 “Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?” Film Partners

One day during summer vacation, a group of boys try to view a fireworks display from the town lighthouse to see if they look round or flat when viewed from the side. Meanwhile, one of the boys, Norimichi, receives an invitation from his crush Nazuna to run away with her. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)

Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? is an anime film based on a 1993 live-action television series of the same name, which was written and directed by Shunji Iwai.

Akiyuki Sinbo, who previously directed Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Nisekoi, is the chief director of the anime film, and co-directs with Nobuyuki Takeuchi, while Bakuman. live-action movie director Hitoshi One handled the screenplay.

The anime film was produced by anime studio SHAFT, which was released in local cinemas in December last year and distributed by Pioneer Films.

Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? will be screened at the event on Saturday, August 25, at 11:00am, right after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


A Silent Voice
© Yoshitoki Oima・Kodansha / “A SILENT VOICE” Movie Production Committee

The story revolves around Nishimiya Shoko, a grade school student who has impaired hearing. She transfers into a new school, where she is bullied by her classmates, especially Ishida Shouya. It gets to the point where she transfers to another school and as a result, Shouya is ostracized and bullied himself, with no friends to speak to and no plans for the future. Years later, he sets himself on a path to redemption. (Synopsis from SM Cinema)

A Silent Voice is an anime film adaptation of a seven-chapter manga series by Yoshitoki Oima, which was published in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from August 2013 to November 2014.

Naoko Yamada, who worked on anime titles like K-ON! and Sound! Euphonium, directed the anime film, while the scripts was handled by Yowamushi Pedal scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida.

Character designs of the film were made by Futoshi Nishiya, which was produced by anime studio Kyoto Animation.

The anime film was screened in local cinemas in May 2017, which was distributed by Pioneer Films.

A Silent Voice will be screened at the event on Sunday, August 26, at 05:55pm, which is the same time as the “Ongaku Fest” concert.


Primetrade Asia has previously announced that the Japanese visual kei band An Café and singer Valshe will perform at this year’s “Ongaku Fest” concert, as well as cosplayer guests HYKO and Mon from Taiwan, and Onnies from Thailand.

Japanese idol group STARMARIE will also make its return to The Best of Anime this year.


The Best of Anime 2018 is happening in August 25-26 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, at the Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.

For details, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/BestOfAnime or visit their website at TheBestOfAnime.com.

Anime Pilipinas is an Official Media Partner of The Best of Anime 2018.