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Arashi's Jun Matsumoto Stars in Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu Live-Action Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Liar Game's Hiroaki Matsuyama directs series debuting in January

Fuji TV revealed on Monday that Arashi band member Jun Matsumoto (Hana Yori Dango [2005], Kimi wa Pet, Gokusen) will star in the live-action television adaptation of Setona Mizushiro's Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu (Shitsuren Chocolatier) manga as Sōta Koyurugi. The adaptation will premiere on Fuji TV in January 2014 and will air on Mondays at 9:00 p.m.

The story follows Sōta Koyurugi, a young man who loves making sweets and now goes to confectionery school. He has known his sempai Saeko since he had a crush on her during high school. However, she rejected a Valentine's date with him, so Sōta goes all out in making the ultimate chocolate as a present for her.

Naoko Adachi (Oh, My Dad, Rich Man, Poor Woman) is writing the series' scripts, and Hiroki Wakamatsu (Nodame Cantabile, Densha Otoko) and Ichiryū Obara (Kagi no Kakatta Heya) are producing the series. Hiroaki Matsuyama (Liar Game: Reborn, Liar Game: The Final Stage) is directing the series.

Mizushiro launched the manga in Monthly Flowers' spinoff magazine Rinka in 2008, but then she moved it to Monthly Flowers itself. Shogakukan published the seventh compiled book volume in September. The manga is resuming in the January issue of Monthly Flowers on November 28. The manga won the award for Best Shōjo Manga in the 36th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2012.

Go! Comics published Mizushiro's After School Nightmare manga in North America. After School Nightmare was nominated for the first Eisner Award Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan, and honored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, as among the best graphic novels for teenagers.

Source: Comic Natalie

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