News Kochikame, Shōjo Manga Get Live-Action TV Dramas
posted on 2009-05-28 02:57 EDT by Egan Loo
Osamu Akimoto's 33-year-old police comedy manga Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") and Shōjo Manga, Naoko Matsuda's homage manga to classics such as Rose of Versailles, are both being adapted into live-action television dramas. This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will make the Kochikame announcement on Monday. SMAP band member Shingo Katori will star as the hapless police officer Ryōtsu Kankichi. As of this month, Akimoto has released 164 volumes of the manga.
29-year-old Lena Tanaka will star in Haken no Oscar ~"Shōjo Manga" ni Ai o Komete, the tentatively titled television adaptation of Matsuda's comedy manga. The six-episode mini-series will premiere on August 28. Tanaka plays a temp worker who finds inspiration in the Lady Oscar heroine of The Rose of Versailles to take on corporate management. Yoshimi Tokui, Anne Suzuki, and Hikaru Asami will co-star. The original manga ran in Shueisha's Chorus magazine in 2007, and one compiled volume was published.