Toho (with Iwai Shunji's name attached to it) reverses the trend in Japanese movie production by launching an anime after the live-action version! In the case of Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?(Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?) that's exactly what's happening. The LA version (drama) was shown in 1993. Yesterday, the anime's official LINE blog announces the casting of acclaimed actress Matsu Takako. 

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Already part of the cast is Hirose Suzu as Nazuna, Suda Masaki as Norimichi and Miyano Mamoru as Yusuke. Japanese film trailblazers are also attached to the anime - One Hitoshi will write the script based on Iwai Shunji's original work, Studio SHAFT featuring Takeuchi Nobuyuki and Simbo Akiyuki will lead directorial efforts.

Two live action movies that deal with young romance and heartache grab the headlines for our first June 2017 casting buzz - Anthem of the Heart and Honey. Nakajima Kento, Yoshine Kyoko are cast to play the main characters of Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda (心が叫びたがってるんだ。) where the title can also mean 'Where the Heart Wants to Shout', aside from the more well-known 'Anthem of the Heart'. 

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The anime was released in 2015 by Aniplex and centers on a young girl named Naruse Jun who is regarded as a 'chatterbox'. All things changed when she blurted out something completely accidental yet shatters her family to pieces.

The second trailer for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable is released by Warner Bros. Japan just a few minutes ago. The 1 minute, 30 seconds trailer is already garnering a lot of attention and buzz! Suffice to say, it's Yamazaki Kento's overwhelming popularity ( not my word, but the description bestowed upon him by the official channel itself) is doing wonders to his latest character - the fearless and confident Higashikata Josuke!

 Jojo Bizarre Adventures: Diamond is Unbreakable - second trailer

A lot has been said about inferior special effects from the Japanese, but it seems we have a big winner in this latest live-action film from Warner Bros. and Toho. The trailer right after the jump!

The 2016 Netflix original Japanese drama entitled Hibana (Sparks) is one of the best drama series I've seen in a long time. Aside from the quality production values, the series features excellent performances from Hayashi Kento and Namioka Kazuki who play comedians, locally known as manzai artists.

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Before the end of 2017, it was previously announced that a movie version of Hibana will be released. The movie stars Suda Masaki (who will play Hayashi's Tokunaga), while Kiritani Kento takes on the role of Namioka's Kamiya. Not an easy feat, especially Kamiya's character requires one hell of a performance!

From author Sato Yashushi who gave us The Light Shines Only There, Over the Fence, and Sketches of Kaitan City comes the latest live-action adaptation of another of his work entitled "And Your Bird Can Sing". Described as the author's "true debut into the literary world, (which) was nominated for the 86th Akutagawa Prize", it is about the "triangular relationship between three 21-year-olds".

And Your Bird Can Sing - Casting

Playing the three major characters are Sometani Shota, Emoto Tasuku, and Ishibashi Shizuka. Miyake Sho will direct the new film.