Glass Mask Shōjo Manga Gets 1st Anime Film — A Spy Parody
posted on by Egan Loo
Suzue Miuchi's Glass Mask (Glass no Kamen) shōjo romance manga is not only inspiring a gag television anime next month, but also an anime film this June. The Flash anime studio DLE is producing Glass no Kamen Desu ga the Movie Onna Spy no Koi! Murasaki no Bara wa Kiken na Kaori!? (It's Glass Mask But… the Movie: Female Spy's Love! The Purple Rose Has a Dangerous Scent!?), the first Glass Mask film since Miuchi launched the manga over three decades ago.
The original manga follows an aspiring actress and the intrigue behind the scenes in the world of stage theater. In the film, the familiar characters of the manga now operate as spies. In their seemingly normal lives, Maya delivers ramen, Ayumi poses as a fashion model, and Tsukikage teaches yoga. However, when they receive the order from a mysterious figure, they spring into action as the international spy trio "Crimson Goddesses."
Instead of wielding pistols or fighting with martial arts, their weapon of choice is "super acting." For this adventure, the trio takes on the international crime syndicate On-Dine to recover the stolen Diamond Mask treasure.
The manga inspired a 1984 television anime series and a 2005-2006 anime remake, as well two live-action television series. There was also a three-part video series that started in 1998. Miuchi acknowledged in 2009 that the time has come to bring the manga to an end "soon." Miuchi launched the series in 1975, and Hakusensha will publish the manga's 50th volume in May.
DLE makes a tongue-in-cheek apology to Miuchi in the film announcement; Miuchi said she was shocked when she first heard about DLE's upcoming television gag anime. DLE also produced Lupin Shanshei, the parody anime version of another classic manga (Lupin III).
Image © Suzue Miuchi/Hakusensha 2013 © 2013 Glass no Kamen Desu ga Prouction Committee