Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
|Night Is Short, Walk On Girl|
|Hepburn||Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome|
|Literally||The night is but short, so walk on, maiden|
|Directed by||Masaaki Yuasa|
|Screenplay by||Makoto Ueda|
|Based on||The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl|
by Tomihiko Morimi
|Produced by||Noriko Ozaki|
|Edited by||Akari Saitō|
|Music by||Michiru Ōshima|
|Box office||¥530 million (Japan)|
Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (Japanese: 夜は短し歩けよ乙女, Hepburn: Yoru wa Mijikashi Aruke yo Otome) is a 2017 Japanese animated romantic comedy film directed by Masaaki Yuasa. The film is based on the 2006 novel The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl written by Tomihiko Morimi and illustrated by Yusuke Nakamura, who also served as the film's original character designer. The film was released in North America as The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, with a leading article added, but in other English-speaking regions without one. It has been awarded the Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
The film is a spiritual sequel to The Tatami Galaxy, also based on a novel written by Morimi and directed by Yuasa. Though both works share a Kyoto University setting and some characters, the plotlines are largely unrelated.
The film follows a night out for two university students: an unnamed woman – referred to as Kōhai (後輩, "Junior") throughout the film, and kurokami no otome (黒髪の乙女, "black-haired maiden") in the film's credits – and an unnamed man – referred to as Senpai (先輩, "Senior") in the film and its credits. The senpai plans to confess his romantic feelings for the kōhai to her that night, though circumstances keep them separated for a majority of the evening.
The kōhai meets a pervert, Tōdō, at a bar. She wins the admiration of two other patrons, Higuchi and Hanuki, after punching Tōdō when he makes an advance on her. Higuchi and Hanuki lead the kōhai in gate crashing strangers' parties, where she drinks an impressive amount of alcohol. She later participates in a drinking game with Rihaku, a supernatural being, and wins.
Meanwhile, the senpai undertakes a number of adventures to find a copy of Ratatatam, a beloved book from the kōhai's childhood. After obtaining the book, he learns that she is to play the lead in the final scene of a guerilla theatre production. He attempts to replace the male lead in the scene, but is unsuccessful. Having caught a cold, the senpai returns home.
The kōhai visits the companions she has met throughout the night, all of whom have caught the same cold as the senpai, and nurses them back to health. Her final visit is to the senpai, who gives her the copy of Ratatatam and suggests visiting a used bookstore together, to which she enthusiastically assents. The film ends with the two meeting for coffee before going to the bookstore.
|Characters||Voice actor (Japanese)||Voice actor (English)|
|Senior||Gen Hoshino||Kellen Goff|
|The Girl with Black Hair||Kana Hanazawa||Jackie Lastra|
|The School Festival Executive Head||Hiroshi Kamiya||Eddy Lee|
|The Underpants Leader (Don Underwear)||Ryuji Akiyama (Robart)||Patrick Seitz|
|Seitarō Higuchi||Kazuya Nakai||Paul Guyet|
|Hanuki-san||Yuko Kaida||Carrie Keranen|
|The God of the Old Books Market||Hiroyuki Yoshino||Dino Andrade|
|Kiko-san||Seiko Niizuma||Jennifer Roberts|
|Nise-Jōgasaki||Junichi Suwabe||Michael Sinterniklaas|
|Princess Daruma||Aoi Yuki||Stephanie Sheh|
|Johnny||Nobuyuki Hiyama||Ben Pronsky|
|Tōdō-san||Kazuhiro Yamaji||Doug Erholtz|
The film was made by most of the same lead staff as The Tatami Galaxy, including original author Morimi, original character designer Nakamura, character designer and chief supervising animator Nobutaki Itō, screenwriter Makoto Ueda and director Yuasa.
To promote the film's release in South Korea, in addition the Korean band Romantic Punch were employed to create an image song, "Moonwalk in Kyoto" (밤은 짧아 걸어 아가씨야) (the Korean title of the song is the same as that of the novel and film).
Night Is Short, Walk On Girl was released in Japan on April 7, 2017.
Internationally, the film was released by Anime Limited in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 4, 2017, and by GKIDS in the United States on August 21, 2018 (where it is titled The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl). In Australia, Half Symbolic Films released the film in cinemas on 14 February 2019. An English dub of the film was released on HBO Max on January 12, 2021.
Rights to the English-language edition of the original novel have been acquired by Yen Press, who published it on June 18, 2019, as The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, in hardcover and as an e-book.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 90% approval rating based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Inventively animated, boldly creative, and refreshingly ambitious, The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl should resonate deeply with fans of outré anime." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 65 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Awards and nominations
|41st Ottawa International Animation Festival||Best Animated Feature||Night Is Short, Walk On Girl||Won|
|50th Sitges Film Festival||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|41st Japan Academy Prize||Animation of the Year||Won|
|Crunchyroll Anime Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
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Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature: YORUWA MIJIKASHI ARUKEYO OTOME
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