All Esper Dayo! Live-Action Show's Behind-the-Scenes Video Streamed
posted on by Karen Ressler
TV Tokyo began streaming a 12-minute behind-the-scenes video on Wednesday for upcoming live-action adaptation of Kiminori Wakasugi's comedy manga All Esper Dayo! (Minna! Esper Dayo!). The video contains clips of the filming process, as well as interviews with the three main cast members, who answer questions about their roles, the director, filming schedules, and what esper power would be the best to have.
The series of 12-minute episodes will begin airing this Friday.
Actor Shota Sometani (live-action xxxHOLiC) and actress and fashion model Kaho (live-action Otomen) play the main character, Yoshirō "Yocchan" Kamogawa, and his tough-minded "yankee" childhood friend, Miyuki Hirano, respectively. Erina Mano (Nadeshiko in recent Kamen Rider movies) will play Sae Asami, the girl Yoshirō likes. Shion Sono (Suicide Circle, Himizu) is directing the series.
The psychic comedy follows an ordinary (virgin) high school boy named Yoshirō "Yocchan" Kamogawa (Sometani). His life changes overnight when he wakes up with the ability to read other people's minds. Yoshirō is not the only one to gain powers in his town. Teru-oichan (played by Mikata Sports), an (apparently virgin) worker at a café near Yoshirō's school, gains telekinesis — but he uses it for sex toys. Yōsuke Enomoto (played by Motoki Fukami), a (probably virgin) senior and former basketball player at Yoshirō's high school, gains teleportation — but only while naked.
Wakasugi launched the manga in Weekly Young Magazine in 2009, shortly before he ended the popular comedy Detroit Metal City the following year. Kodansha has since published two compiled book volumes of All Esper Dayo!
Wakasugi's other ongoing comedy manga is the Fist of the North Star spoof Kappei. Viz Media published Detroit Metal City in North America, and New Pictures released Toshio Li's live-action film adaptation with Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Gantz, Death Note, NANA) in the lead role.