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Thermae Romae Bath Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on 2011-03-11 23:00 EST
Mari Yamazaki's comedy about ancient Roman bath-house architect who time-travels to modern Japanese baths

The April issue of Enterbrain's Monthly Comic Beam magazine is announcing on Saturday that a live-action film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga has been green-lit. Fuji TV is producing the project, but the release details, cast, and other information have not been made public yet.

Thermae Romae is a comedy about Lucius — an architect of public bath houses (thermae) in ancient Rome — who time-travels to various modern-day baths in Japan. Through manga and essay passages, Yamazaki explores the two cultures in the world "that have loved baths the most: the Japanese and the Romans!" Yamazaki launched the manga in 2008, and the third compiled book volume will ship on April 25.

The work won the Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) award last year, followed by the Short Work Prize in the 14th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes. Although Yamazaki was born in Tokyo, she now lives in Chicago.

The same issue of Monthly Comic Beam magazine is also announcing a live-action film adaptation of Ryōsuke Time's Avec Punch fighting sports manga.

Source: Comic Natalie


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