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Ekiben Hitoritabi Travel Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

posted on 2011-11-14 12:15 EST
Yoshinori Okada stars as train/bentō enthusiast on cross-country trip

A live-action television series adaptation of the Ekiben Hitoritabi (A Solo Journey for Station Bentō) manga by supervisor Kan Sakurai and artist Jun Hayase has been green-lit. Yoshinori Okada (Redline, Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e, Densha Otoko) will play the lead character Daisuke Nakahara.

Daisuke is an ardent fan of train station bentō (boxed meals) and rail travel. For their 10th anniversary, his wife gives him a special rail ticket all around Japan, and the manga follows his travels.

Daisuke just finished his trip in this year's 23rd issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine on Tuesday, and the manga will start a new arc on December 20. In the "Tohoku Revisited" arc, Daisuke will return to the area hard-hit by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster to support the station bentō shop workers.

The live-action television series will depict Daisuke's travels to the Tohoku region. The broadcast date, station information, and other details have not been made public yet.

The online manga website JManga posted an English translation of the first volume earlier this year.

Source: Comic Natalie


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