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Live-Action Ouran High School Host Club to Get Spinoff Drama

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
4-episode cellphone spinoff drama to feature original story by manga author Bisco Hatori

The live-action Ouran High School Host Club television series and film will receive a mobile phone drama spinoff. The spinoff, titled Ouran High School Host Club ~Haruhi no Happy Birthday Daisakusen~, will feature an original story written by the manga's creator Bisco Hatori.

The four-episode drama will begin its broadcast on January 6. Haruna Kawaguchi (Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, Moshidora) will reprise her role as Haruhi Fujioka. Each episode will be five minutes long. The drama will revolve around the host club members becoming flustered upon learning that it is Haruhi's birthday. Through their misunderstandings about celebrating her birthday, the members make Haruhi angry. The drama will be available on au mobile phones and through the Lismo Drama website.

Both the live-action television series and the film adapt Bisco Hatori's Ouran High School Host Club romantic comedy manga.

In the story, high school freshman Haruhi Fujioka pretends to be a boy so that she can take part in the wealthy school's Host Club, to which she owes a large debt. 16-year-old actress Kawaguchi starred in both the television series and the film. Kawaguchi said that the film will depict an aspect of the story not seen in the live-action television series.

The Ouran High School Host Club live-action film will premiere in theaters throughout Japan on March 17, 2012.

The manga launched in LaLa in August of 2003, and Viz Media launched its North American release in July of 2005. The manga ended in Japan last September, and Viz published the 17th of 18 compiled book volumes in December. The live-action television series premiered in July.

In April 2006, a 26-episode anime began in Japan with Maaya Sakamoto as Haruhi and Mamoru Miyano as Tamaki. Funimation released the anime in North America in 2008.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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