Say, "I Love You". Romance Manga Gets Live-Action Film
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The wraparound jacket band on the eleventh volume of Kanae Hazuki's Suki-tte Ii na yo. (Say, "I Love You".) manga is announcing on Wednesday that a live-action film adaptation of the manga has been green-lit. The film is scheduled to premiere in Japanese theaters in 2014.
The story of first love centers around Mei Tachibana, a girl who has never made friends or had a boyfriend in 16 years. One day, she accidentally injures Yamato Kurosawa, the school's most popular boy. For some reason, Yamato becomes interested in Mei and starts a one-sided friendship with her. He even protects her from a stalker — by kissing her.
Hazuki launched the manga in 2008, and Kodansha will publish the eleventh volume of the manga on Wednesday with an original anime DVD. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime as it aired in Japan in 2012, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for North American home video release. Kodansha Comics announced this past weekend that it has licensed the original manga.
The manga has approximately 5 million copies in print in Japan.
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