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Shinya Shokudō Gets 3rd Live-Action TV Season, Film

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Kaoru Kobayashi returns as restaurant's Master in fall 2014 series, winter 2015 film

The official website for the live-action television adaptation of Yarō Abe's Shinya Shokudō (Midnight Cafeteria) manga announced on Friday that a third season will premiere this fall on TBS, MBS, and other networks. The website also announced that a live-action film adaptation is slated to premiere on January 31, 2015.

Japanese Academy Award winner Kaoru Kobayashi (Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad, Princess Mononoke) will again star as Master. Toshiki Ayata, Mansaku Fuwa, Yutaka Matsushige, Tamae Andō, Takashi Yamanaka, Shōhei Uno, Ken Mitsuishi, and Joe Odagiri will return as his regular customers. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri will join returning directors Jōji Matsuoka, Nobuhiro Yamashita, and Fumio Nomoto to helm the series. Yū Takahashi will perform the theme song "Yakimochi."

Matsuoka will also direct the live-action film. Saki Takaoka, Tokio Emoto, Mikako Tabe, Kimiko Yo, Michitaka Tsutsui, Akiko Kikuchi, and Yūko Tanaka will guest star in the film.

The manga's second live-action television season premiered in 2011 and ran for 10 episodes. The first series also ran for 10 episodes in 2009.

The manga, which was nominated for the bookseller-selected Manga Taishō ("Cartoon Grand Prize") in 2009, centers on the proprietor of a small, mysterious cafeteria in Shinjuku and his customers. The cafeteria opens at midnight to fix customers any dish they request.

Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine currently serializes the manga. The publisher released the 12th compiled book volume in Japan in June. The series won the general category award at the 55th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2010, and it received the grand prize at the 39th Japan Cartoonist Awards that same year.

Source: Comic Natalie

Image © Yarō AbeShogakukan/Shinya Shokudō Film Production Committee

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