Thanks to Madman we had the chance to see Akiyuki Shinbō and Nobuyuki Takeuchi’s “Fireworks” on Blu-ray.
“Fireworks” follows a group of boys from Moshimo on a trip to a lighthouse to watch fireworks to find out if they are flat or round. However, the boys’ plans are changed when one of the boys, Norimichi, crosses paths with his crush Nazuna, who asks him to run away with her, as her mother is forcing her to leave town. What Norimichi doesn’t know is that Nazuna has found a weird crystal from the sea, capable of manipulating time seemingly by jumping backwards.
“Fireworks” unsuccessfully attempts to mimic the success of the fantastic “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006) by telling an innocent romantic time-travelling story through the eyes of a couple of kids. However, the slow pace of the film, which only begins showcasing its time travel premise in a very random scene a whole thirty minutes into the story. This makes this key element feel forced into a plot where curious kids seemed to be the focus.
Not even the beautiful animation and soundtrack helps to save the final product. It sadly gets pretentious with an Evangelion-type of ending that, despite being visually stunning, will probably leave most viewers confused.