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Kimi to Boku Flash Anime Gets Live-Action Film in May

posted on by Egan Loo
Beck's Aoi Nakamura stars; Maaya Sakamoto voices cat, performs theme song

Shigeto Yamagara's popular Flash anime Kimi to Boku (You and I) will get a live-action film in May with lead actor Aoi Nakamura (Beck, Q.E.D., Ōoku: The Inner Chambers). Voice actress/singer Maaya Sakamoto will voice Gin-Ō-gō the American Shorthair cat who is the "boku" of the title, while Nakamura will play the aspiring manga creator who is the "kimi" of the title. The story follows the friendship between the cat and the young man from when they first meet up to when they must part.

Yamagara based his self-produced Flash anime on his own real-life experiences. Since he launched the anime online in 2001, it has garnered 4.8 million page views. The anime was translated into English under the name Everlasting Heart. Yamagara published a book version in 2009. (Yamagara's Flash anime has no relationship with Kiichi Hotta's manga of the same name.)

Sakamoto is contributing the film's theme song "Tegami" ("Letter"), which will appear on her upcoming You can't catch me album on Wednesday. The film will also feature Johann Pachelbel's well-known "Canon in D major." Takashi Kubota (Bad Boys, Mr. Children's "Hibiki" music video) is directing the 45-minute film.

Source: Oricon

Images © Kimi to Boku Production Committee
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