News IS - Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei Manga Gets Live-Action Show
posted on 2011-05-23 21:15 EDT by Egan Loo
20-year-old Saki Fukuda (Yatterman) and 18-year-old Ayame Gōriki will star in a live-action adaptation of Chiyo Rokuhana's IS - Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei shōjo manga, and the television series will premiere this July on the TV Tokyo network.
The story of the manga follows the life of Haru Hoshino (Fukuda), a person who was registered as female at birth, but raised as a boy. Haru enters a high school for culinary studies to earn a chef's license, but must now attend as a female student due to the revelation of Haru's birth registry. Haru has to deal with the confusion that results from her body's adolescent transition to womanhood and her romantic attachments towards the male students.
Fukuda commented that she thought that the story had extremely difficult themes when she first heard it, but she wanted to realistically portray the life of intersexual people. Gōriki will play Miwako Aihara, a mysterious female classmate who gets close to Haru. Gōriki had eagerly read the original manga in middle school and considered it a dream to have her first starring role in a story she had loved as a child.
The manga ran in Kodansha's Once More Kiss and Kiss magazines from 2003 to 2009, and the publisher compiled and printed 17 book volumes. The manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōjo manga in 2007.
Masahiro Inoue (Kamen Rider Decade) will play Haru's first love, Naomi Nishida (Honey and Clover) will play Miwako's mother Seiko, and Kaho Minami (Soreike! Anpanman: Ningyo Hime no Namida ) will play Haru's mother Yōko.