Yudai Chiba, Mitsuki Takahata Join Live-Action Ao Haru Ride Film's Cast

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Ouran High School Host Club's Mitsukuni, Karl to Fushigi na Tō's Karl to play Tōma Kikuchi,Yū Narumi

Yudai Chiba (Live-action Ouran High School Host Club's Mitsukuni) and Mitsuki Takahata (Karl to Fushigi na Tō's Karl) will join the cast of the the live-action film of Io Sakisaka's shōjo manga Ao Haru Ride.

Chiba will play Tōma Kikuchi, a student who goes to the same high school as Futaba and begins to be attracted to her.
Takahata will play Yū Narumi, a girl who went to the same middle school as Kō and is his friend.

The story revolves around Futaba Yoshioka (played by Tsubasa Honda), a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka (played by Masahiro Higashide) 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.

The cast for the film also includes Yua Shinkawa as Shūko Murao, Ryo Yoshizawa as Aya Kominato, Izumi Fujimoto as Yūri Makita, and Yū Koyanagi as Yōichi Tanaka.

Takahiro Miki (Solanin, Hidamari no Kanojo, We Were There) is directing the film off a script by Tomoko Yoshida (Gaku, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru). The film will open in Japan this December.

The manga is also inspiring a television anime this summer with Maaya Uchida, Yuuki Kaji, Mikako Komatsu, Ai Kayano, Kenn, and Daisuke Hirakawa will play the respective roles of Futaba Yoshioka, Kō Mabuchi, Shūko Murao, Yūri Makita, Aya Kominato, and Yōichi Tanaka.

Sakisaka began her Ao Haru Ride manga in the magazine in 2011, and Shueisha shipped the ninth compiled volume in Japan in January. A drama CD written by Sakisaka and featuring the anime's cast will come with the limited edition of the 10th compiled volume of the manga on May 23. The manga was 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.

Source: Comic Natalie

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