Peach Girl Creator Recreates Movie Poster as Manga Art
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Manga creator Miwa Ueda showed her support for the upcoming live-action Peach Girl film by drawing a rendition of its poster. The poster shows protagonist Momo Adachi (played by Mizuki Yamamoto), Sae Kashiwagi (Mei Nagano), Kazuya "Tōji" Tōjigamori (Mackenyu), and Kairi (Kei Inoo).
Ueda's manga centers on an average high school girl named Momo whom everyone thinks sleeps around because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She has a crush on Toji, a boy whom she's heard only likes non-tanned girls. Momo has low self-esteem and tries to remake herself into someone she thinks Toji would like, but she has a "friend" named Sae who enjoys going behind Momo's back and making her life miserable.
The original shojo manga ran in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from its October 1997 issue through its January 2004 issue. Ueda also published a spinoff manga, Peach Girl: Sae's Story, in 2005. Tokyopop published both the original manga and the spinoff in North America, but split the original manga into two separate series: Peach Girl and Peach Girl: Change of Heart. Ueda launched a sequel manga series titled Peach Girl Next in Kodansha's Be-Love magazine on August 12. Kodansha shipped the first compiled book volume of the sequel series on January 13.
The series inspired a live-action drama in Taiwan in 2001 and a Japanese television anime in 2005. Funimation released the anime adaptation.
The Peach Girl film will premiere in Japan on May 20.
Source: Comic Natalie