The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Mind Game director Masaaki Yuasa directs this animated romantic comedy based on Tomihiko Morimi's novel of the same name - a spiritual sequel to The Tatami Galaxy.

"During a mysterious night in Kyoto that seems to never end, shy student Senpai makes multiple attempts to declare his passionate love for resilient Otome. She is a true party animal, won’t be stopped and rushes from spot to spot. This whirlwind, episodic adventure isn’t limited to a pub crawl, but storms on to a local book market, a summer festival and many other unexpected places full of eccentric characters who aid or thwart Senpai. Will he finally manage to touch Otome’s heart or will Senpai give up, once and for all?" (International Film Festival Rotterdam)


Directed by

Written by

  • Makoto Ueda
  • (based on the novel of the same name by Tomihiko Morimi)

Animated, Comedy, Romance, World Cinema, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Mature themes, sexualised imagery and coarse language

Japanese with English subtitles


Los Angeles Times


A highly original work by an artist who follows his own vision - wherever it leads.

South China Morning Post


The whole thing is a postmodern trip, with animation styles varying greatly to fit the mood: bright pop art colours, dark Rembrandt tones and everything in between.

The Guardian


It is romantic and hallucinogenic, with an edge of softcore erotic sleaze.

The Times (UK)


It features lots of walking and talking and drinking, and occasional screechy rock interludes. Like a Richard Linklater movie, in other words. Only less fun.

Total Film (UK)


The farce is infectiously fun and visually joyous.