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Himitsu - Top Secret Sci-Fi Shōjo Manga Gets Live-Action Film by Kenshin Director

posted on by Egan Loo
Psychological story by Moon Child/Kaguya Hime's Reiko Shimizu also inspired TV anime

A live-action film of Reiko Shimizu's psychological science-fiction shōjo manga Himitsu - Top Secret has been green-lit. Keishi Ōtomo (live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Ryōmaden) is directing the film, and distributor Shochiku will open the film in theaters in Summer 2016.

The mystery story takes place in Japan five decades from now, when brain scanners have been perfected to the point that the government can retrieve up to five years' worth of memories from people's minds — even if they are dead. The investigators of the National Research Institute of Police Science's 9th Forensics Laboratory must weigh the ethical choices in the ultimate invasion of privacy as they delve into people's minds to solve crimes.

Shimizu launched the manga in Hakusensha's Melody magazine in 2001, although she drew an earlier one-shot manga version in Melody in 1999. Hakusensha published 12 compiled volumes of the manga. The manga already inspired a television anime in 2008. The Japanese government's Ministry of Cultural Affairs honored the manga with an Excellence Prize in the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards, after it was recommended twice by the awards' jury.

CMX Manga published Shimizu's Moon Child manga in North America.

Source: Comic Natalie

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