News July's Antique Bakery Anime to Retain Gay Character (Updated)
posted on 2008-03-04 03:32 EST
The Japanese website for Shinshokan's Wings imprint posted an official confirmation of the reported television anime adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga's Antique Bakery "heartful" comedy manga late last week. In the confirmation, Shinshokan assured fans who had vivid memories of the 2001 television drama version that the new anime version will be "faithful to the original work." In particular, the company emphasized that the titular bakery's head chef Ono (the leftmost character on the cover image to the right) will maintain his "demonically gay" charms. The 2001 live-action version turned the Ono character into a straight man. There are also plans to depict the plot-crucial "incident" that occurred during the childhood of the bakery's owner, Tachibana. The anime is set to premiere in July.
Update: The anime's official announcement also mentioned that the manga will be adapted into a Korean live-action drama film. Princess Hours' Joo Ji Hoon will star in this movie which will open in South Korea this year.