Interest Gantz's Kanata Hongou to Appear in Future Diary Show
posted on 2012-03-14 01:40 EDT by Ko Ransom
Kanata Hongou, the 21-year-old actor known for his portrayal of Jōichirō Nishi in the Gantz films, will play the character Rui Moriguchi in Mirai Nikki - Another:World -, the live-action television version of Sakae Esuno's Future Diary manga that begins in April.
In the story of the adaptation, 12 young people come into the possession of Future Diaries in which their futures are written. The 12 are forced to play a survival game and kill each other off, and Nishi's character Moriguchi plays a mysterious young man who tricks the main characters Arata Hoshino (Hana-Kimi's Masaki Okada) and Yuno Furusaki (Thriller Restaurant's Ayame Gōriki) into becoming involved with the game. In a statement, Nishi said that the adaptation's "reconstructed setting and characters" were both "very deep and fascinating."
The new live-action series will be the first one to run in Fuji TV's 11 p.m. (specifically, 11:10 to 11:55 p.m.) timeslot on Saturdays in two years. Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys trilogy, Gantz, Bloody Monday) is scripting the series.
The manga has sold 4 million copies and inspired both a video anime project and a television anime series which premiered in October. Tokyopop published 10 of the 12 manga volumes before shutting down its North American publishing operations last May. Funimation and the video-streaming service Niconico are streaming the television anime series as it airs in Japan.