Sumire 16!!, Mitsurugi Haruka Manga Get TV Drama Shows
posted on by Egan Loo
The February 4 issue (released on January 19) of Kodansha's Magazine Special has announced that Takeru Nagayoshi's Sumire Sixteen!! (Sumire 16-Sai!!) manga is being adapted into a television live-action drama. The high school comedy centers on Sumire — a seemingly ordinary Japanese freshman girl who is actually a puppet of a ventriloquist known only as "oyaji" ("old geezer"). The core concept of the manga originated in Nagayoshi's first manga title, Sumire Seventeen!!, but Nagayoshi decided to reset the story's timeframe one year earlier and rewrite the story from scratch as Sumire Sixteen!! More details of the drama adaptation will be provided in the next Magazine Special issue (on sale on February 20).
Kill Time Communications' Comic Valkyrie adult manga magazine has announced that the Zen Pictures production company is adapting Ataru Cagiva's Mitsurugi Haruka Kiki Ippatsu! manga as a television live-action drama also. Haruka Mitsurugi is a samurai girl who maintains the peace on her campus. Her rival, Kanata Tōdō, challenges her to compete in Ultimate Ultra Battle, the world's most elite fighting tournament. The manga is designed to be "interactive" in that readers decide the story direction of future installments. The four-episode series will begin airing on March 7 at 26:00 (effectively 2:00 a.m. the next day). Zen Pictures is best known for risque action heroine DVDs aimed at male otaku. Cagiva had previously worked on non-adult manga adaptations of games such as The Legend of Zelda, Star Ocean, and Legend of Dragoon.