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Ao Haru Ride Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film in December

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Daisuke Hirakawa also joins cast for anime adaptation of Io Sakisaka's manga

The April issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine is announcing on March 13 that a live-action adaptation of Io Sakisaka's shōjo manga Ao Haru Ride has been green-lit. The film will open in Japanese theaters in December, and the magazine's next issue will unveil more details.

The magazine is also announcing that Daisuke Hirakawa will play the role of Yōichi Tanaka in the anime adaptation of the manga, which will premiere in Japan in July.

Ao Haru Ride revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

Ai Yoshimura (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) is directing the series at Production I.G. Tomoko Konparu (Kimi ni Todoke, Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000%, Sunday Without God,) is in charge of the scripts.

A drama CD featuring the anime's cast will come with the limited edition of the 10th compiled volume of the manga on on May 23. Sakisaka wrote the original story in the drama CD. The CD will also have cast comments at the end of the CD.

Sakisaka began her Ao Haru Ride manga in the magazine in 2011, and Shueisha shipped the ninth compiled volume in Japan in January. The manga was also ranked as one of the top 20 shojo manga recommended by professionals in the fields of manga and publishing. Viz publishes Sakisaka's Strobe Edge manga in North America.

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