The staff for the live-action adaptation of Sōichirō Yamamoto‘s () manga unveiled its main cast, production team, and March 2024 premiere on Netflix globally (before its Japanese television premiere) on Wednesday.
Rui Tsukishima (model for Shueisha‘s Seventeen magazine, Geats episode guest actress) and fellow teenager Sōya Kurokawa (Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s Monster) star as Takagi and Nishikata, respectively. The live-action series filmed entirely on location at Kagawa Prefecture’s Shōdo Island, the setting of the earlier anime adaptation.
Rikiya Imaizumi (live-action , Chihiro-san, Just Only Love) is directing and also co-writing the scripts with Tomoki Kanazawa (Sanctuary, Sabakan) and Jun Hagimori (Sabakan). TBS is producing in collaboration with FINE Entertainment.
The series will premiere on Netflix on Tuesdays next March, with an international release planned. The series will then air in the TBS channel’s Drama Stream programming block on Tuesdays at 24: 58 (effectively, Wednesdays at 12: 58 a.m. JST).
Yen Press is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the story:
Middle schooler Nishikata has had it with his classmate who sits nearby, Takagi. Day in and day out, she comes after him with every sort of trick or prank. Even when he tries to tease her back, she’s always one step ahead but he’s not about to give up that easily in this battle of cunning and youth!
Yamamoto will end the manga on October 12.
Yamamoto launched the manga in mini, the accompanying booklet to Shogakukan‘s () magazine, in 2013. After Yamamoto finished serializing his manga in in June 2016, moved to in July 2016. Shogakukan published the manga’s 19th compiled book volume on March 10. Yen Press published the 17th volume in April.
The first television anime based on the manga premiered within the “Anime no Me” programming block in January 2018, and it also adapted Yamamoto’s manga as segments within the show. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed the series with an English dub. The second television anime season premiered in July 2019. The season debuted on Netflix in December 2019.
The television anime’s third season, ( 3), premiered on MBS and TBS‘ Super Animeism block in January 2022. : The Movie (), the franchise‘s anime film, opened in Japan in June 2022.
Sentai Filmworks has licensed the third season and film, and streamed the third season on HIDIVE. HIDIVE also streamed the English dub for the third season, which features a returning cast from Funimation‘s original dub of the anime’s first season. Sentai Filmworks screened the film in the U.S. in August 2022.
Source: Comic Natalie