Viz Pictures Adds Live-Action Honey & Clover, Love*Com, Nana (Updated)
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Viz Pictures, the movie distributor linked to Viz Media, has confirmed its live-action film licenses for Honey and Clover, Love*Com the Movie, and both NANA movies. All four movies are based on shōjo manga that Viz Media has released in English under the Shojo Beat label.
The Honey and Clover film will screen in select cities starting in December, along with a premiere at the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) the same month. Like Chica Umino's original manga, the film deals with the interwoven school, work, and love lives of five art college friends. The manga also inspired two anime series of the same name which Viz Media has licensed.
The Love*Com film will have a premiere at NYAF before its February DVD release. It adapts Aya Nakahara's humorous romance manga of a tall high school girl who falls for a short guy.
The much-anticipated first NANA movie about polar opposite roommates will also premiere at NYAF before a limited theatrical release in early 2008, followed by another theatrical release for the second movie in spring 2008. The two films center around a female punk rocker and a naive small-town girl — both named Nana — who end up as roommates and best friends as they deal with the fast-paced reverie of life in Tokyo. As with Honey and Clover, Viz Media announced that it had licensed the television anime series of NANA at Comic-Con International 2007.
Images © 2006 Chica Umino/Shueisha, Honey & Clover Production Committee
© 2005 NANA Production Committee
Update: Details on New York Anime Festival premieres added.