Look Back receives an Anime Adaptation: Release Dates + Expectations

Ayumu Fujino in Look Back anime teaser

Look Back is a one-shot manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto that received an official theatrical anime adaptation which has been revealed along with a teaser trailer and website. Not long after Chainsaw Man’s first installment ended, in 2021, the one-shot manga, which followed the lives of a teenage artist and a homebound classmate, was first released online.

A brief 30-second teaser trailer for the Look Back anime film, which will adapt the one-shot manga of the same name, was shown concurrently with the launch of the movie’s official website. In this article, we will look at the Look Back anime and provide a detailed explanation of everything you need to know.

Look Back anime – release date and expectations

The official release date for the impending production of the anime film Look Back was revealed along with the original announcement about the film. At this point, the movie is scheduled for release in Japanese theatres on Friday, June 28, 2024. As previously stated, Studio Durian will animate the movie instead of MAPPA Studios, which animated the Chainsaw Man series. Kiyotaka Oshiyama is the film’s director, primary character designer, and screenwriter.

  • The one-shot manga has garnered a great deal of praise from official and critical sources, as well as from fans, and is highly regarded both in Japan and throughout the world. It has won many notable prizes.
  • It came in #1 on Freestyle magazine’s poll of “The Best Manga 2022 Kono Manga Wo Yome!” and placed 29th on Da Vinci magazine’s 2022 “Book of the Year” list.
  • It also topped Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2022 list of the best manga for male readers.

Look Back anime – a brief overview of the plot

Ayumu Fujino in Look Back anime
A scene from the Look Back anime teaser. (Image credit goes to Studio Durian )

Tatsuki Fujimoto is well-known for his strange and otherworldly tales, but Look Back is far more grounded. The protagonist of the tale is Fujino, a budding artist whose self-confidence is dashed when she discovers that, despite her best efforts, someone else is a far greater artist than she is. Surprisingly Fujino finds out that Kyomoto is a huge admirer of hers when she meets her adversary. From that point on, the story primarily centers on the friendship and collaboration between Fujino and Kyomoto.

Hence, Ayumu Fujino, an elementary school student with a knack for creating four-panel manga that she publishes in her school newspaper, will be the main character of the movie. Eventually, this causes Fujino to enter Kyomoto’s home, whereupon her intended mocking of her backfires and the two unintentionally become friends.

Look Back anime has huge expectations to live to

Look Back anime was instantly popular with both critics and fans, and there are several reasons for this. Tatsuki Fujimoto is a master of beautiful bittersweet human drama, as demonstrated by works like Chainsaw Man and Fire Punch. This particular story not only features some of Fujimoto’s best character writing, but the drama of the story is clear of supernatural narratives, allowing it to be on a selling spree.

When you consider the always stunning artwork of Fujimoto, it’s obvious to see why this one-shot manga became so popular.

Fujino looks back in Look Back teaser.
Ayumu Fujino breaking the fourth wall in Look Back anime(Image credit goes to Studio )

There are many things to enjoy about the story, and the trailer suggests that the movie will do a fantastic job of translating those things into animation. Even though Studio Durian hasn’t worked on many other projects, the Look Back teaser effectively conveys the story’s uniquely human touch with its realistic animation and simple background music. The Look Back movie will undoubtedly do a fantastic job of keeping up with the original manga, especially considering that director Kiyotaka Oshiyama also worked on the Chainsaw Man anime.


The Look Back anime is set to hit the theatres later this summer, but the audience is already finding themselves engrossed in the manga and reliving the beautiful tale of art and friendship. As the series’ release comes closer, we will be updating you with all new announcements. That being said, do not forget to subscribe to our newsletter at Spiel Anime!

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