Live action casting continues to rock the manga/anime scene, and this time, it's all about Tokyo Ghoul! Here's a backgrounder first:

Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール, Tōkyō Gūru) is a media franchise based on the manga series by the same name written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was later adapted into an anime produced by Studio Pierrot.

Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the results of 'eater' type ghouls. College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans so that's why they haven't ever seen one. Little did they know that their theory may very well become a reality. [ backgrounder @Wikia ]

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Now, a recent article discussing the cast - in my humble opinion, has selected some rather "old" Japanese actors. I mean, Eita and Hikari Mitsushima are not exactly teens. So, seeing that the actual cast took in Fumika Shimizu for one of the major roles is - definitely - perfect for me. 

Now for the more 'complicated' part. There was some discussion on twitter as to whether Masataka Kubota is the right actor for the role of the main protagonist - Ken Kaneki. So let's look at the character first...

Long time without a casting news! But I promise to get on with the Top 30 hottest list for the actresses in a few days, and also to finish the series on live action adaptation. Things are a bit rough with work, thus, the lack of regular updates...

In this casting news - we're into Yamada's Ushijima and the family drama featuring Yasuko Matsuyuki and Ai Hashimoto.

The black market, the different tales of desperate people who are willing to take out money from the loan sharks and the loan shark himself - Kaoru Ushijima - are back in the third installment of the highly successful Ushijima the Loan shark live action. Based on the manga series "Yamikin Ushijima-kun" by Shohei Manabe (first published 2004 by Weekly Magazine Big Comic Spirits), this is one of the most engaging and enjoyable series I've watched. The previous movies cast the likes of Yuya Yagira, Masaki Suda, and Masataka Kubota altogether, and you can imagine how crazy it was! Of course, all three young actors have different and separate stories - Yagira plays a sexual predator, while Suda gets himself all tied up and beaten while Kubota is involved in some 'failed' relationship, being a male host.

In the third installment of Ushijima, the gang returns - Gou Ayano continues to blow bubbles with Ushijima (Yamada), and the duo of Hiromi Sakimoto (he needs more roles!) and Kyosuke Yabe are back as Yamada's sidekicks.

I was made aware of this rumor about 22 hours ago on twitter and decided to do some research. I know people are expecting more than just taking note of the source but also what sort of live action adaptation this is going to be. You see, when we announced that Kento Yamazaki is the hottest Japanese actor right this minute, some have reservations, while others adamantly disagree with our list. [ see top 15 hottest actors list ] But then Orange became a huge box office hit, which followed Heroine Disqualified - making Yamazaki a surefire box office attraction in Japan. 

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That is not all- a recent survey conducted revealed that most of the respondents (all over Asia) consider Yamazaki a personal favorite. While others are still catching up with the Kento-craze (starting with Control Tower and Another) and others already into his Death Note phase. Still, there are others already looking into the 'near' future.

Why the emphasis on Kento Yamazaki's surging appeal? Well, the lead cast for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Stardust Crusaders requires an attractive leading man...

... and while rivals like Sota Fukushi, Shuhei Nomura or even the younger batch of actors like Taishi Nakagawa or even peers like Ryo Yoshizawa have all the looks and even the talent (some but not Fukushi, of course!) it's just that Yamazaki got the box office record to speak of.

I wanted to post this casting news way back, but a lot of things are happening in RL at the moment, so please bear with me.

The live action report is still underway and the countdown to the top 30 hottest Japanese young actresses are also in the works! Speaking of which, we're featuring three of the top contenders - Mirai Shida, Mitsuki Takahata, and Fumi Nikaido in this edition of the casting buzz! Also in the news are the Kentos - Yamazaki and Hayashi.

This is our second reminder just how much Mirai Shida is admired by the psychodrama community! I was told that the trailer for Nakimushi Pierrot no Kekkonshiki [ 泣き虫ピエロの結婚式 ] is up already and it's just awesome! Shida's co-star who happens to be managed also by Ken-On may have been under the radar, but no more! Hopefully, he can be a better alternative to the lifeless Sota Fukushi. Ryusei is the second lead guy in Orange (the Tao Tsuchiya-Kento Yamazaki box office hit) and this time, he grabs the main role opposite Shida.

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Also in the news (as usual) is Kento Yamazaki while doing the rounds to promote his latest movie, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, with the incomparable Fumi Nikaido. Not far behind, and certainly making his own set of waves is his namesake, Kento Hayashi, who remains one of the most under-rated Japanese actors around.

In what appears to be a most anticipated drama coming up, Shohei Miura did a crossover to the younger batch of actors led by Kento Yamazaki and Shuhei Nomura for a squaring off [ as opposed to love 'triangle' ] with Mirei Kiritani.

Incidentally, Kiritani was Yamazaki's love interest in the box office hit Heroine Disqualified. Miura is the eldest among three siblings, with Nomura and Yamazaki playing the other two. Mirei Kiritani is an aspiring chef while Miura is her first love in high school. Their lives crossed path a few years later as Miura is now embarking on a career as a restauranteur with his brothers Nomura and Yamazaki. As the drama unfolds, Kiritani's character will have romantic episodes with the brothers.

As the more senior J-drama watchers are aware, Shohei Miura belongs to Haruma Miura's batch of actors and has been known to play both leading and supporting parts, with some surprising (and disappointing) results. Shuhei Nomura, on the other hand, is steadily gaining a lot of momentum as he gets to play diverse roles (Litchi Hikari Club, Chihayafuru, and Moriyamachu Driving School, among others).