Cross-Dressing Idol Manga Dolly Kanon Gets Live-Action Show
posted on by Egan Loo
Yu Yabuuchi's shōjo idol manga Dolly Kanon is inspring a live-action series this summer. The story follows Sōshi Okuda (pictured left in poster), a middle school boy who finds himself in girl's clothes and singing. The resulting video was uploaded to the Internet, and Sōshi suddenly becomes Kanon (center in poster), the bishōjo super idol.
The July issue of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine announced on Monday that 16-year-old actress Haori Takahashi (Perfect Blue) will play the dual roles of Sōshi Okuda and Kanon. 19-year-old 2011 Miss Magazine Semi-Grand Prix winner Mika Ayano (Lesson of Evil, Atsui zo! Nekogaya!!) will play the heroine Kokone Shishido (left in poster). Real-life idol singer Kanon Nanaki will play the established female idol Remi.
Yuki Saito, a director who studied filmmaking in America and made his feature film debut in 2010's Re:Play-Girls, is helming this project as his first live-action series. The live-action series will recreate the songs from the manga by adding melodies to lyrics by Yabuuchi.
The live-action series will have seven episodes and one spinoff episode. It will begin appearing on the Ciao Ciao TV! DVDs bundled with Ciao magazine, starting with the August issue on July 3. It will also be streamed on the series' official website and the Bandai Channel video site.
Yabuuchi launched the original manga in Ciao last year, and Shogakukan published the second compiled book volume in April. Yabuuchi's Mizuiro Jidai and Naisho no Tsubomi manga both inspired anime.