News Live-Action Himitsu no Akko-chan Teaser Streamed
posted on 2012-03-19 03:00 EDT by Egan Loo
In the manga, the title fifth-grader Akko-chan receives a magical compact from the mirror spirit. With the compact, Akko-chan can cast spells and transform herself into anything or anyone she wishes, and she uses the power to help others.
In the original romantic fantasy story for the film, Akko-chan transforms into a 22-year-old woman who meets her fateful love. 22-year-old Masaki Okada (Otomen, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, Space Bros./Uchū Kyōdai) will play the love interest, an "elite salaryman." Over the course of the film, Ayase will transform into a figure skater, an airline cabin attendant, an office lady, a female police officer, a motorcycle racer, and more.
The film from director Yasuhiro Kawamura (Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part II) will open on September 1. It is not only the first live-action film of Himitsu no Akko-chan, but also the first live-action film adaptation of any manga by Akatsuka.
The manga already inspired three anime series in 1969, 1988, and 1998. (This year marks the manga's 50th anniversary.) It also inspired two anime films and a 1987 live-action television drama version. In addition to Akko-chan, Akatsuka created Tensai Bakabon, Osomatsu-kun, Hennako-chan, and Mooretsu Atarou — all of which were eventually animated.