Kotomi Aoki's 'Niji, Lean on Me' Manga Has 'Offer' for Screen Adaptation

posted on 2018-02-25 04:00 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The official website for Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine revealed on Saturday that Shogakukan has received an offer (or offers) to create a "screen adaptation" of Kotomi Aoki's Niji, Amaete yo. (Niji, Lean on Me.) manga.

Aoki launched the manga in Cheese! in July. Shogakukan published the first volume on October 26 and will publish the second volume on Monday.

The story follows three members of the judo club. Niji Yamashiro is the female vice-president, Gaku is the president, and his friend Hiyori is a member. One day Hiyori asks Gaku, "Do you like Niji?," and Gaku promptly says he doesn't. Hiyori then responds, "OK then, is it OK if I confess to her?" Hiyori tells Gaku, "I'm going to confess to her. If you like her, you should come." Hiyori then approaches Niji after practice, and Gaku secretly spies on the exchange. On that spring night, one of these three will do something foolish that he will regret for the rest of his life. And he will never forgive himself for the rest of his life.

Aoki's BokuKimi manga ran in Shogakukan's Shojo Comic magazine from 2005 to 2008, and Shogakukan has published 6 million copies of the 12 compiled book volumes. Shogakukan published an English version of the first volume in Japan in 2009. The series received a live-action film adaptation in 2009.

Aoki's Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru manga also inspired a live-action film adaptation in 2013, and later inspired a live-action Korean show. Aoki's Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru romance manga also inspired a live-action film in 2006 and an OVA in 2005.

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