Mitsurou Kubo's Moteki Romantic Comedy Manga Gets Film
posted on by Egan Loo
This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Evening magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a film adaptation of Mitsurou Kubo's Moteki romantic comedy manga has been green-lit. The manga centers around the urban legend that even poor, aimless, single men in their late 20s have a shot at mote-ki, a once-in-a-lifetime timespan when they are popular with women. Yukiyo Fujimoto is a temp worker who has completely struck out in romance, but who experiences mote-ki just before he turns 30.
The film's opening date, story, and other details will be revealed in the future. Last year, the manga inspired writer-director Hitoshi Ōne's live-action television series, in which Mirai Moriyama (Socrates in Love, 20th Century Boys) played Yukiyo. Maho Nonami (2LDK, Kakashi), Hikari Mitsushima (Death Note, Shaolin Girl), Rio Matsumoto (Ace wo Nerae!, Tomie: Beginning), and Rinko Kikuchi (The Sky Crawlers, Babel) played the women who all suddenly become interested in Fujimoto.
The current Evening issue's advertising for Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine also reveals that Kubo will launch a new manga called Again!! The drama about a high school student will start in this year's 19th issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine on April 6.
The same eighth issue of Evening features the return of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita: Last Order (GUNNM: Last Order) manga. GUNNM: Last Order had been on hiatus after the 100th installment as the result of an issue between Kishiro and the manga's previous home, Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine. Kishiro announced last August that he would move the manga to Kodansha.
Update: TV Tokyo's official website confirms that writer-director Ōne and lead actor Moriyama are returning from the Moteki television series for the film.
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