Fans who appreciate gorgeous art styles, minimal stories, and a charming lead character need to watch The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome). Here are 5 simple reasons why this award-winning film should be on your watch list.
1It’s won the biggest animation film award in Japan.
The Japan Academy Prizes celebrates Japanese filmmaking and can be seen as their version of the Oscars’. Eleven years ago, the Academy created a category for animated films to help shine a spotlight on the anime industry.
This year, The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome) won the Animation of the Year award. Previous winners include In This Corner of the World, Wolf Children, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
2A psychedelic story about enjoying your youth.
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is from the auteur Masaaki Yuasa, who is known for directing The Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong the Animation, and Devilman Crybaby. The film is based on a novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, who also wrote The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family.
You don’t have to familiar with their previous works to appreciate the film’s take on youth. Otome or The Girl With Black Hair, is constantly moving forward and enjoying her wild night of partying in Kyoto. She is enjoying a night of drinking experienced salarymen under the table, searching for an old children’s book, and meets a sleazy art collector simply because she’s “always absorbed in interesting things.”
Otome is rightfully enjoying her college youth, but it serves to deliver a compelling message – enjoy life while in the moment.
3A gorgeous art style.
Masaaki Yuasa loves challenging people on how to “view” anime. Most of his works eschew a generic anime art style for a living-world design filled with energetic backgrounds, malleable character designs, and funky lighting.
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl can be seen as a more refined version of The Tatami Galaxy. It suits the narrative’s and character’s constant momentum, making a treat for animation fans.
4It explores the clashing feelings of love and lust.
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is a “kinda-sorta” romance that may seem lovely or creepy. Senpai houses an obsessive crush on Otome, but he’s not sure if his feelings are due to love or lust. He’s determined to find out by staging “coincidental” meetings with Otome throughout the night…with most of them failing.
While Otome represents endless youthful energy and enjoying life’s simplicities, Senpai represents the conflicting feelings of love and lust, both of which can consume you.
5The Night is Short, Walk on Girl is also simple to enjoy.
You don’t have to analyze the film’s themes and visual symbolism to enjoy it. At its core, we’re going on a wild night of binge drinking, visiting gorgeous used books stores, and running into questionable people with Otome as she’s being stalked by Senpai.
The film can be a simple and enjoyable watch for people who enjoy slapstick humor and psychedelic sequences. Since the film covers one night, the story isn’t too dense with monologues or wasted time.
Have you seen The Night is Short, Walk on Girl?