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The live-action film adaptation of the light novel Negative Happy Chain Saw Edge has made its world premiere at the 20th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on Thursday. The original novel is the debut work of author Tatsuhiko Takimoto, who also created the light novel and manga series Welcome to the N.H.K.! (NHK ni Yōkoso!). A preview and synopsis of the film have been posted on the TIFF website.
The original light novel (pictured on the right) was first published in 2001. The story received a special category award at the fifth Kadokawa Gakuen Awards and was recognized as Takimoto's most popular work before the debut of N.H.K.. Actress Megumi Kan, who fights off a chainsaw-wielding villain in the film, showed up on the red carpet earlier this week brandishing some of the daggers she uses in the film. She was joined on the carpet by the director of the film, Takuji Kitamura.
A manga adaptation of Chain Saw Edge is scheduled to begin serialization this December in the manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace. The magazine also serialized the manga version of Welcome to the N.H.K.!
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