Tezuka's Book of Human Insects Gets Live-Action Show
posted on by Egan Loo
The Japanese satellite channel WOWOW will run a live-action television series adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's experimental Ningen Konchūki (The Book of Human Insects/Human Metamorphosis) manga. The story centers around a naive high school girl who instinctually steals the talents of the people around her. As a result, she transforms — much like an insect transforms from an egg and a larva to a pupa and eventually an adult imago — into an actress, a screenwriter, a designer, and an author.
WOWOW's project will be the first screen adaptation — live-action or anime — of this title, which Tezuka created from 1970 to 1971 in Akita Shoten's Play Comic magazine. 24-year-old actress and self-professed Tezuka fan Minami (Battle Royale, Tomie: Revenge, Sakuran, Detroit Metal City) will play the lead role of Toshiko Tomura. Her co-stars will include 37-year-old Yukiya Kitamura (Michiko to Hatchin), 46-year-old Shingo Tsurumi (Hyouge Mono, L change the WorLd, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto), and finally, 29-year-old Kyōko Matsunaga — with whom Minami will share a love scene.
Source: Sports Nippon
Update: More background information added.
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