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My Brother's Husband Show's Main Visual Recreates Manga Cover

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

NHK revealed the main visual for the live-action mini-series adaptation of Gengoroh Tagame's My Brother’s Husband manga on Tuesday. The visual emulates the cover of the manga's first volume, and features (from left to right) former sumo wrestler Baruto Kaito as Mike, Maharu Nemoto as Kana, and Ryuta Sato as Yaichi.

The tagline on the image reads, "My late little brother's marriage partner was a Canadian … man."

The mini-series will have three episodes, and will premiere on BS Premium on March 4 at 10:00 p.m. Teruyuki Yoshida and Yukihiro Toda are directing the mini-series, with Toda also penning scripts.

Pantheon Books is releasing the manga in two-in-one omnibus volumes, and it describes the story:

My Brother’s Husband is a family drama that begins with the auspicious arrival of Mike, a Canadian who has come to pay respects to the family of his recently deceased Japanese husband Ryoji, whose only remaining immediate family member is Yaichi—an identical twin brother. As Mike gets accustomed to Japanese morays and the surprising idiosyncrasies of living with Yaichi and his daughter Kana, the sleepy Japanese suburb also learns the true meaning of family.

Tagame launched the manga in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in November 2014 and ended it last May. Futabasha published the manga's fourth compiled volume last July. Pantheon Books shipped the first two-in-one English omnibus volume last May. Tagame will publish a new special chapter for the manga in Monthly Action's April issue on February 24. The manga was nominated for Best Comic at last year's 44th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival. The manga also won an Excellence Award at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2015. Amazon named the book as one of 20 books in the "Comics & Graphic Novels" category of its Best Books of 2017 list.

Tagame is best known for his gay erotic manga. German publisher Bruno Gmünder Verlag has published Tagame's Gunji, Fisherman’s Lodge, Endless Game, and The Contracts of the Fall manga in English, and Fantagraphics' Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It anthology featured work by Tagame.

Source: Comic Natalie

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