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Haruna Kawaguchi, Sōta Fukushi Star in Say, 'I Love You'. Live-Action Film

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Tomohiro Ichikawa, Rika Adachi, Rima Nishizaki co-star in film slated to open this summer

The staff for the live-action film adaptation of Kanae Hazuki's Suki-tte Ii na yo. (Say "I love you".) manga revealed the main cast members of the film on Thursday. Haruna Kawaguchi (Ouran High School Host Club's Haruhi, Zekkyō Gakkyū's Kana) will star as Mei Tachibana, and Sōta Fukushi (Library Wars' Hikaru Tezuka, Kami-sama no Iu Toori's Shun Takahanta) will co-star as Yamato Kurosawa.

Additional cast members include Tomohiro Ichikawa (Otomen's Kitora Kurokawa, Silver Spoon's Ichiro Komaba) as Kai Takemura, Rika Adachi (Ama-chan, Giga Tokyo Toy Box) as Aiko Mutō, Tasuku Nagase (Lesson of the Evil, Ouran High School Host Club) as Kenji Nakanishi, Rima Nishizaki (Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3's Rento Kirishima) as Asami Oikawa, Ryōsuke Yamamoto (2011 Hana-Kimi's Akira) as Masashi Tachikawa, and Arisa Yagi as Megumi Kitagawa. Asako Hyūga (Forgotten Dreams, Morisaki Shoten no Hibi) is directing and writing the film. The movie started filming on Monday, with plans to wrap up in mid-February. The film is slated to open in summer 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 published the 11th volume of the manga in July with an original anime DVD. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime adaptation outside of Japan as it aired in 2012, and Sentai Filmworks released the anime on home video last month. Kodansha Comics will release the original manga in North America.

Source: Comic Natalie

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