Live-Action Himitsu no Akko-chan's 2nd TV Spot Streamed

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Haruka Ayase, Masaki Okada star in updated adaptation of Fujio Akatsuka's shōjo comedy manga

The official YouTube channel for the Japanese film production company Shochiku began streaming a new television spot for the live-action film adaptation of Fujio Akatsuka's shōjo comedy manga Himitsu no Akko-chan last Wednesday. The 15-second "transformation version" spot features the theme song "Watashi no Negaigoto" by former Judy and Mary vocalist YUKI.

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 film's updated romantic fantasy story, Akko-chan (Socrates in Love and Ichi's Haruka Ayase) begins as a 22-year-old woman whose life is transformed when she is offered a magical compact. Masaki Okada (Otomen, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, Space Bros./Uchū Kyōdai) will play the love interest, an "elite salaryman" at a cosmetics company. Over the course of the film, Akko-chan transforms into a figure skater, an airline cabin attendant, an office lady, a female police officer, a motorcycle racer, and more.

Nippon Television will broadcast 10 one-minute, flash-animated Himitsu no Akko-chan shorts starring Aya Hirano as the voice of the title character using the movie's premise of Akko-chan as a 22-year-old woman. The shorts will begin airing on August 20 and will run until August 31, the day before the live-action film's premiere.

The film from director Yasuhiro Kawamura (Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part II) will open on September 1.

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