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Live-Action Haganai Film's Kobato, Maria Actresses Unveiled

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Sayu Kubota, Momoka Yamada to play child characters in February 1 film

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Yomi Hirasaka's Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) light novel series announced on Saturday that Sayu Kubota and Momoka Yamada will play Kobato Hasegawa and Maria Takayama, respectively. Kubota said that she was nervous about whether she was really right for the role of Kodaka's younger sister Kobato, but she was greeted warmly by the other actors and staff. Yamada noted Maria's love for potato chips and her somewhat impertinent nature, and added that she thought her nun costume and hair were cute.

Kubota and Yamada are joining the previous announced cast members: Kōji Seto, Kie Kitano, Mio Otani, Sara Takatsuki, and Mao Kanjō.

Hirasaka and Buriki's original Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai light novels revolve around Kodaka (Kōji Seto) — a half-Japanese/half-British transfer student whose delinquent-like blonde hair and fierce eyes scare people — and a seemingly perpetually sullen girl named Yozora (Kie Kitano). The two decide to form Rinjinbu, a club for misfits with hardly any friends.
Mio Otani plays Sena, a beautiful girl who treats her male admirers like slaves but has never had any female friends. Sara Takatsuki (Otomen, GTO, Daily Lives of High School Boys) plays Yukimura Kusunoki, a youth who looks female, but claims to be a boy. Mao Kanjō plays the brilliant and perverted Rika Shiguma.

Takurō Oikawa wrote the screenplay and directed the film, which is slated to open on February 2014. Hirasaka stated previously that the the film will be an original story, so as not to recreate the original school romantic comedy light novels.

The light novel series' eight volumes have 6.1 million copies in print. It already inspired two television anime series with video anime spinoffs as well as a manga.

[Via Yaraon!]

Images © 2014 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Movie Production Committee

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