Live-action movie of My Little Monster with Suda Masaki and Tsuchiya Tao launched! Full cast announced today!

The romantic team up of Suda Masaki and Tsuchiya Tao is a surprising casting choice for My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun).

I’m not surprised that the film partners for this LA chose Tsuchiya Tao. The big surprise is that we often watch Sudacchi play weird, dark, even disturbing characters. So, the transition can be fascinating. A role reversal for Tsuchiya appeals to me since I want Tao to play dark, even seductive types in the tradition of her Suzuki Sensei character. I also welcome Suda in Yamazaki Kento’s playing field that’s why this role would showcase a different Suddachi.

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Superb casting for ‘Biblia Koshodo no Jiken Techo’ LA with Kuroki Haru and Nomura Shuhei!

The live-action adaptation of Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files – Biblia Koshodo no Jiken Techou is in the works! With a 2018 release date, the movie is directed by Mishima Yukiko and follows the everyday life of an eccentric, shy but passionate bibliophile named Shinokawa Shioriko (Kuroki Haru). 

She runs an antique bookstore with the help of Daisuke (Nomura Shuhei), the store’s clerk. However, the young man cannot appreciate the ‘wonders’ of books for some unknown reason (later it was revealed that he has a phobia). Their normal lives were suddenly disrupted by the presence of a mysterious man. Shioriko reveals that this intruder intends to steal her rare books and asked Daisuke for help.

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Yamazaki Kento’s 5th film for 2017 awaiting for critical and box office results! Hyouka – 氷菓 [Live Action Coverage]

Kadokawa Pictures spearheads the live-action adaptation of Yonezawa Honobu’s novel Hyouka – 氷菓 – about four freshmen who discovered a certain ‘anthology’ published 33 years ago by the Classics Lit club, where they belong. Yamazaki Kento and Hirose Alice play the main characters. They investigate the past and in turn discovered what happened previously to former students (and members of the club) and its impact on the school. The movie was released November 3, 2017, in Japan.

Hyouka follows closely the theatrical release of Yamazaki’s Psychic Kazuo (formerly known as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K). Psychic is currently enjoying a Top 5 box office ranking in Japan for two consecutive weeks. Early reports on Hyouka’s critical responses are mixed. We’ll see box office [week ending] results in a few days.

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Nakajo Ayami takes the spotlight in Anonymous Noise [Live Action Coverage]

Anonymous Noise(Fukumenkei Noizu) is a teen romance with a musical twist. A girl struggles to realize her dream to sing and reconnect with her two young friends.

Under Shochiku, this young romantic drama is directed by Miki Koichiro (Evergreen Love) and stars Nakajo Ayami as the heroine. Shison Jun and Koseki Yuta play the two lead male characters. The movie was released on November 25, 2017.

 

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Nikaido Fumi and Yoshizawa Ryo headline Okazaki Kyoko’s River’s Edge live-action!

In what can be described as a casting scoop for Yoshizawa Ryo, the up and coming Japanese actor – once again – teams up with the acclaimed Nikaido Fumi, but this time as her co-lead in Okazaki Kyoko River’s Edge. 

Okazaki’s previous manga – Helter Skelter – was adapted into film and stars Sawajiri Erika – her return to the big screen after a long hiatus. While there is no hiatus for Nikaido and Yoshizawa, the characters they are supposed to play are not ordinary in every sense of the word.

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Nijiiro Days live action is underway! Takasugi Mahiro, Nakagawa Taishi, Sano Reo, and Yokohama Ryusei star!

Nijiiro Days or Rainbow Colored Days, the popular shojo manga, written and illustrated by Mizuno Minami will have a live-action movie slated for 2018.

The main roles were already cast and they are Takasugi Mahiro (as Naoe), Sano Reo (Hashiba), Nakagawa Taishi (Matsunaga), and Yokohama Ryusei (Katakura). There were plenty of positive reactions when the anime was aired in 2016, so the expectation is also relatively high for the live-action.

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Fullmetal Alchemist – 鋼の錬金術師 [Live Action Coverage]

Warner Bros. Japan together with filmmaker and visual effects expert Sori Fumihiko will bring the live action adaptation of Arakawa Hiromu’s popular manga Fullmetal Alchemist. Yamada Ryosuke headlines the film as Edward Elrich. Fujioka Dean, Honda Tsubasa, Hongo Kanata, and Renbustu Misako make up the supporting cast. The film is slated for a December 1st theatrical release in Japan.

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What the Movie is all about: The movie takes place at the beginning of the 20th century, in a reality where alchemy (ancient esoteric science that sought the transmutation of matter) is real, extremely developed and respected. The plot features brothers Edward (Ryosuke Yamada) and Alphonse Elric who, after attempting the forbidden technique of human transmutation, suffer the consequences. Alphonse loses his entire body while Edward loses his left leg. Edward then sacrifices his right arm to save his brother’s soul by attaching it to a metal suit of armor. Edward is then given mechanical prosthetics known as “auto-mail” in place of his missing arm and leg. Upon acceptance into the State Alchemists, he is given the nickname “Fullmetal Alchemist”, all while searching with Alphonse for the legendary philosopher’s stone, that will repair their bodies.

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And the verdict is… What reviewers have to say about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures and Tokyo Ghoul; It’s Kubota Masataka versus Yamazaki Kento once again!

Imagine having two of Japan’s most sought-after actors under one agency – Stardust! In the case of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures and Tokyo Ghoul, that’s Kubota Masataka and Yamazaki Kento. A few drama seasons ago, it was the same two actors who revived audience’s interest in Death Note and with that their rivalry. Now they are portraying two of the most interesting characters to ever grace the silver screen – Higashikata Yosuke and Kaneki Ken.

 

What’s the verdict coming from early reviews? 

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Tori Girl – トリガール! [Live Action Coverage]

Showgate and Heroine Shikkaku director Hanabusa Tsutomu collaborate for the live-action feature Tori Girl – トリガール!, based on the novel of Nakamura Kou. The comedy is about Yukina who enters a science university, fell for a senior student but became distracted with another young man whom she dislikes. The screenplay is written by Izumi Takahashi, known for his work in Runaway beat and Solanin. Tsuchiya Tao headlines the movie as Yukina, with Mamiya Shotaro and Takasugi Mahiro playing major roles.

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What the Movie is all about: Based on the novel “Tori Garu!” by Kou Nakamura, the LA is about Yukina, a University freshman who fell in love with a senior student named Kei (Takasugi Mahiro). To get closer to him, Yukina joins the “human-powered flight” club and is then required to learn how to fly. A contest ” “Tori Ningen Contest” was an opportunity to her to team up with Kei but was assigned to compete with another guy, Sakaba (Mamiya Shotaro). What could have been a romantic moment for the girl turned into something else? 

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