Shun Umezawa's 'Hate Virus' 1-Shot Gets Live-Action Segment

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1-shot from Utopias anthology gets segments on Fuji TV's Yo ni mo Kimyō na Monogatari special

Fuji TV will air a special fall 2012 episode of its Yo ni mo Kimyō na Monogatari (Tales of the Unusual) television drama on October 6 featuring a live-action adaptation of Shun Umezawa's "Hate Virus" one-shot manga. The Yo ni mo Kimyō na Monogatari specials, which may air a few times a year, are a compilation of short stories from multiple genres.

The cast for the "Hate Virus" segment includes SMAP member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (Hime-chan's Ribbon's Kouichi) Ren Mori (H2, Beginners!) and Toru Shinagawa (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Masayuki Ochiai (Shutter) will direct the segment.

"Hate Virus," compiled in Umezawa's Utopias anthology (pictured at right), takes place in a futuristic world where a person's hateful emotions are amplified due a virus. Researchers start to research into a cure to eradicate the virus, and as people begin to rely on prescription drugs to repel the epidemic, a Utopian society begins to form.

Shogakukan released Umezawa's Utopias anthology in Japan in 2006.

Source: Comic Natalie

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