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Sekai no Owari Performs Song for Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Film

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Film based on Akiko Higashimura's manga to open on December 27

The four-member Japanese rock band Sekai no Owari will perform the theme song for the live-action film adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga. The group were inspired to write the "Mermaid Rhapsody" song after visiting the set for the film.

The film will star:

  • Rena Nōnen (Amachan, Hot Road) as jellyfish-obssesed otaku Tsukimi Kurashita
  • Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider W, High School Debut) as cross-dressing Kuranosuke Koibuchi
  • Hiroki Hasegawa (Second Virgin, Why Don't You Play in Hell?) as Shū Koibuchi, who is scared of women
  • Chizuru Ikewaki (The Cat Returns, The Piano Forest) as railroad otaku Banba
  • Rina Ōta (The Next Generation -Patlabor-) as Three Kingdoms otaku Mayaya
  • Singer Tomoe Shinohara (Ghiblies, on-chan Yume Power Daibōken) as Jiji, who is into old men
  • Azusa Babazono (of the comedy duo "Asian") as Japanophile Chieko

Taisuke Kawamura (Himitsu no Akko-chan, Nodame Cantabile: The Final Score Part II) is directing the film off a script by Toshiya Ono (Watashi no Yasashikunai Sempai, Gatchaman Crowds, tsuritama, Suite Precure). Kumiko Iijima worked on the costumes for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu before designing the costumes for this movie.

The film will open in Japanese theaters on December 27.

The manga inspired the 2010 Princess Jellyfish television anime series that Funimation released in North America. Funimation describes the story:

Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight, nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen... who's actually a guy. When the threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom, or will she end up a hot mess?

Higashimura launched the manga in Kiss, Kodansha's manga magazine for female readers, in 2008. Kodansha published 2.7 million copies as of the 13th compiled book volume last December, and the company published the 14th compiled volume on September 12.

Images © 2014 film Kuragehime Production Committee
© Akiko Higashimura/Kodansha

Source: Music Natalie


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