Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga. Gets Live-Action Film
posted on by Egan Loo
Fashion model and idol Tenka Hashimoto will star in the live-action film adaptation of Mari Matsuzawa's Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga. (Lately, My Little Sister's Been Acting A Bit Strange, But....) manga. Hashimoto, who also goes by the name "Tenchim," will have scenes of full nudity in the film, and popular photo idol Mayu will also have her first fully nude scenes in a film. The project marks the directorial debut of Yuki Aoyama, a young photographer known for the photo collection Schoolgirl Complex.
Hashimoto is also starring in the television anime based on the manga. In both the anime and the live-action film, she plays Mitsuki Kanzaki, a girl living with her step-brother Yūya (Junji Majima in the anime) after her mother remarries. One day, Mitsuki is possessed by the self-proclaimed spirit of a young girl, Hiyori Kotobuki (Yui Ogura in the anime). Hiyori (in Mitsuki's body) must fall in love with Yūya to move towards the "Gates of Heaven."
Hashimoto has been appearing regularly on the Tensai Terebi-kun Max television program since she was in elementary school. Her "Osu! Ora Tenkarin" ("Hello! I'm Tenkarin!") blog is accessed 200,000 times daily. She said that she worked hard to ensure that her portrayal of Mizuki did not betray the fans of the original manga. She also said there was pressure since this is her first starring role in a feature film, and that it has full nudity. However, she added that she enjoyed the filming and that it did not feel like work.
The film will open next spring throughout Japan.
Matsuzawa launched the manga in Monthly Dragon Age in 2010, and Kadokawa will publish the sixth compiled book volume on December 25. Kadokawa's Fujimi Shobo also streamed a television commercial for the manga:
Image © Mari Matsuzawa, Kadokawa Fujimi Shobo/ImoCho. Production Committee
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