Itazura na Kiss Creator's Ai Shite Knight Manga Gets Live-Action Show

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Story of love triangle between 18-year-old girl & rock band members already inspired anime

The official webpage for the late manga creator Kaoru Tada announced on Thursday that her Ai Shite Knight manga is being adapted into a new live-action adaptation in Japan. The announcement was made along with a second season of the new Itazura na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo (Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo) live-action television series.

The story follows Yaeko "Yakko" Mitamura, an okonomiyaki restaurant owner's 18-year-old only daughter who goes to college at night. Through a chain of events, she becomes acquainted with the rock band Bee Hive. The band member Satomi, a frequent customer at the restaurant, confesses his love for her. Satomi Ōkawa, his close friend and Bee Hive's lead singer Go Katō, and Yakko become embroiled in a love triangle.

Tada serialized the "okonomiyaki and rock and shōjo manga" in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine from 1981 to 1983, followed by a "Ai Shite Knight: Encore-Hen" epilogue in 1984. In addition, Shueisha's Ribon magazine published Ai Shite Knight: Tokubetsu-Han spinoff in 1983. The story inspired a 42-episode anime series by Toei Animation and director Osamu Kasai (UFO Robo Grendizer, Mahōtsukai Sally) in 1983.

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