Hula Fulla Dance – All the Anime

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February 7, 2024


By Jonathan Clements

Hiwa Natsunagi, a high-school graduate who is unsure of her future, decides to follow in the footsteps of her late sister Mari and become a professional dancer. She soon starts to doubt if hula dance is for her when she becomes the most clumsy, least hula competent girl in her team. She tries her best to learn synchronisation with her team and how not to run onstage with a hanger still in her dress.

No, don’t you dare suggest this is K-OnWith grass skirts. All right, you can if you want, as Seiji Mizushima’s Hula Fulla DanceThe film ticks all the boxes for the old but well-loved genre, with a bunch comedically inept pretty girls who give it their all to become a polished unit of rock stars/ volley-ball players/ idol singers/ brass band/ dustmen etc. But Hula dancers…? What better way to show off 3DCG motion capture – after the spins and twirls of Love! Love!This anime movie from Bandai Namco Pictures showcases its animation widgets using the sinuous and nuanced dance forms.

This 2021 movie is another spin-off project from the Zutto Oen 11+10 project. It was set up as a funding initiative to help the Japanese prefectures who are still suffering after the Tohoku Tsunami and earthquake. It’s a movie that is in the same category as movies like The House of the Lost at CapeThe following are some examples of how to get started: Fortune Favours Lady NikukoAs a small sub-genre, it promotes travel to the Tohoku area. And The following are some of the ways to get in touch with us.Thought it would be all about Hawaii?

Fukushima is a real holiday destination. It’s not just a place to go on vacation. Spa Resort HawaiiansVisitors can enjoy Hawaiian dance performances in addition to golfing and swimming. The resort started out many years ago, as part of Another alternative outreach initiative, as a job-creation scheme for local people in 1966 when the Joban Coal Mine began to shut down, a story famously retold in Sang Il-Lee’s live-action film Hula Girls (2006). Since 1990, the Joban Hawaiian Center in Japan has been known as the Joban Hawaiian Center. tiki tourism, a view of Polynesian culture that’s more of a theme park experience about the great Pacific expanse to the east.

Seiji Mizushima, the director of the film, went on a location hunt to find the Hawaiians resort. He was impressed by the way it was integrated into the local community. “There is a hot spring facility,”He told W Online,” “so the local uncles and aunties use it every day. There is a free shuttle bus from Yumoto train station to Hawaiians… Many dancers and staff are also local, and they work at Spa Resort Hawaiians as a way to get a job at a local company.”

Mizushima took to heart this local job creation concept, with its somewhat gimmicky insistance on casting voice actors who have local connections whenever possible. So, it’s boom-time, presumably, for anyone who has a Fukushima granny. “Miu Tomita [Ranko] is from Fukushima, so I wanted to get her in there. Dean Fujioka [Ryota] was born in Fukushima and willing to take the role. If it had been an ordinary anime job, it would have been like choosing a person with a voice that suits the character by auditioning, but this time, in order to support Tohoku as a whole, people got involved if they had connections to the place.”

Hiwa has the most connections, despite her not being real. Her character is now used to co-opt a fictional character. “tourism support personality”Iwaki in Fukushima has hulas on the side and in apps that tell visitors how much fun they can have. She even has her own twitter feed @_hiwa0723_ to enthuse about the film and its local connections, although at the time of writing, she doesn’t seem to have Tweeted anything since March 2022. She may spring back to her life when she and her hula-girls appear in Scotland.

Reiko Yoshida, Mizushima’s scriptwriter, was instructed to visualize the film as a Masayuki (Shall We Dance / Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t) might have made – that familiar cinema trope of hapless individuals united by an unlikely hobby. But he was also under instructions to present Spa Resort Hawaiians as it really is, not to make up locations or scenes that couldn’t take place in the real-world hotel, causing his staff to rely heavily on video footage he shot on a tense mid-COVID visit. The realism of the work also shines through in occasional moments of background detail, in which the Tohoku region’s troubled past sneaks unobtrusively into the backgrounds. “You can see, as well,” Mizushima says, “the area around the home of the main character, Hiwa, is drawn using reference photographs of the area damaged by the earthquake. You can see that the damaged place has been reconstructed and the embankment has been rebuilt, and indoors you can also see where the house interior has had to be remodelled.”

Mizushima has the opportunity to play around in the part of the movie that takes place when most people are leaving the lobby. It’s something that he has usually ignored, because of the high cost of essentially adding something to the film when it is already officially over. “If you add animation to the end credits, the calories are quite high for production,”He admits to it. “so I had never been able to do it with my own work. This time, the producer Mr Ito came up with an idea for the end roll, like how about we try something like this? It was great to be able to talk it over with a producer and then get it done. Bonds are one of the themes of this movie, but it is also an episode that felt those bonds on the production side. This movie is like the culmination of my personal connections.”

Jonathan Clements, author of Anime: a History. Hula Fulla DanceAnime Limited has released the UK release of this anime.

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