Interest Ring Films' Sadako Possesses Lucky Star in Crossover
posted on 2013-07-10 03:10 EDT by Egan Loo
Kagami Yoshimizu's Lucky Star four-panel comedy manga is the latest to make a crossover with Sadako, the star of The Ring horror films. Lucky Star's lead Konata becomes "Sadakonata" to promote the August 30 of the Sadako 3D 2 film. Sadakonata will come in Sadako's iconic white one-piece dress or Konata's school uniform.
Even Nyamo, the odd creature who is only seen as a cat's head with a tail in Lucky Star, is not immune to Sadako's curse; Nyamo becomes "Sadakonyamo":
Yoshimizu personally drew these crossover illustrations. There will be both "Sadakonata" and "Sadakonyamo" character goods, and the film's official website will announce the release dates and other details in the future.
In this popular horror franchise, Sadako is the vengeful ghost of the daughter of a famous psychic. She is connected to a cursed video tape featuring a collection of disturbing images; those who watch the tape are killed one week later.
The upcoming sequel is set five years after Sadako 3D, and it will reveal the new film series' connection with the earlier Ring and Rasen films, as well as the true intentions of the resurrected Sadako. Sadako herself will appear in the sequel alongside a new female protagonist (Miori Takimoto). The key to the story is a certain girl born with Sadako's genes.
Koji Suzuki, the author of the original novel series that inspired the franchise, wrote the sequel film, and Tsutomu Hanabusa returned from the first Sadako 3D film to direct. The new film was shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D, and Kadokawa is promoting a "Smartphone 4D" feature in which the film interacts with moviegoers' smartphones. People who download an app before the film will get phone calls from Sadako during the film and even immediately after.
The first Sadako 3D film inspired several crossovers with Hello Kitty, Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsō), Another, Kuruneko, and Kayoe! Chūgaku. The film also spawned 4D screenings, Sadako's first pitch at a ballgame, and a parade of Sadako marching through Tokyo.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
Image © Kagami Yoshimizu/Kadokawa Shoten © Kadokawa Shoten