News KAT-TUN's Kame Stars in Anime-Based Humanoid Monster Bem
posted on 2011-08-09 18:30 EDT by Egan Loo
A live-action television series adaptation of the classic supernatural adventure anime Humanoid Monster Bem (Yōkai Ningen Bem) will premiere on Japan's NTV network this October. Kazuya Kamenashi (Gokusen, The Wallflower, Kami no Shizuku) of the musical group KAT-TUN will star as the title character, while model/actress Anne will play Bem's teammate Bera and child actor Fuku Suzuki (2011 Hana-Kimi) will play the young monster Berro.
In the original 1968 anime, Bem, Bera, and Berro are ugly humanoid monsters (yōkai) who fight for justice. The monsters live among humans and protect them from evil yōkai. The three find themselves ostracized from both humans and other yōkai, but the three continue to fight in hopes of one day becoming humans themselves.
Masafumi Nishida (Tiger & Bunny) is writing the live-action Humanoid Monster Bem series, just as he did for another recent live-action adaptation about supernatural creatures caught between the human and monster worlds (Kaibutsu-kun).
The first anime series already inspired a 2006 anime series remake.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
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