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Chihayafuru Live-Action Film to Premiere in 2016

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Manga about high school girl who plays competitive karuta inspired 2 anime series

This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Be-Love magazine will reveal on Friday that the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru manga will premiere in 2016.

The magazine also teases that future issues will announce the cast and other important announcements.

Suetsugu's manga follows a schoolgirl named Chihaya who competes in the Japanese card game of karuta. Suetsugu launched the manga in Kodansha's Be-Love magazine in December 2007.

The manga won the Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) award in 2009, and also won the Best Shōjo Manga award at Kodansha's 35th Annual Manga Awards in 2011.

Kodansha released a bilingual edition of the first two volumes in Japan in 2011-2012.

The series inspired the first 25-episode television anime season from October 2011 to March 2012, and the second 25-episode season aired in Japan from January-June 2013.

Additionally, the 22nd volume of the manga bundled an original anime DVD when it shipped in September 2013.

Crunchyroll streamed both television anime series outside Japan as they aired.


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