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Tonari no Seki-kun, Rumi's Phenomenon School Comedies Get Live-Action Show

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Takuma Morishige's My Neighbor Seki manga also inspired 2014 TV anime

A live-action television adaptation of two school comedy manga, Takuma Morishige's My Neighbor Seki (Tonari no Seki-kun) and Katsunori Hara's Rumi's Phenomenon (Rumi-chan no Jishō), has been green-lit. The adaptation will premiere on the MBS and TBS stations' late-night timeslots in July.

Each of the eight 30-minute episodes in the Tonari no Seki-kun to Rumi-chan no Jishō (My Neighbor Seki and Rumi's Phenomenon) program will be split in half between My Neighbor Seki and Rumi's Phenomenon. Even though the two manga were created separately, they both happen to have heroines named Rumi. Morishige commented on this, "I feel a sense of odd destiny that the heroines' names are coincidentally the same."

The original My Neighbor Seki manga revolves around a girl named Rumi Yokoi who sits next to a boy known as “Seki-kun.” During class, Seki-kun continues to not pay attention and instead creates amazingly throrough little distractions, such as a detailed golf course with the course's hole being a dent in his desk, or an entire dramatic war being played out by paper shogi pieces.

Morishige began his manga in Media Factory's Comic Flapper magazine in 2010, and Kadokawa (Media Factory) published the seventh compiled book volume on April 23. The manga was nominated in the 5th Manga Taisho Awards in 2012. Vertical will publish the third manga volume in North America in July. The manga inspired a 2014 anime series by Shin-Ei Animation starring Kana Hanazawa and Hiro Shimono. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The manga also inspired several live-action commercials in 2011:

Rumi's Phenomenon follows Rumi Ikuno, a second-year student who transferred into the Hanagaoka Private Girls' Academy. She leads a simple, oblivious life, even as she causes bewilderment and trouble around her. The manga depicts the profoundly strange girl's life that is sometimes amusing, but mostly irritating.

Hara launched his Rumi's Phenomenon manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine, and Shogakukan published the sixth compiled book volume last October.

Toru Hosokawa (Polar Bear's Café, Baka Mukashi Banashi Gekijōban ~Jijii Wars~) is writing the My Neighbor Seki half of the television series and directing it with Katsutoshi Hirabayashi. Shō Tsukikawa (episodes of All Esper Dayo!/Minna! Esper Dayo!) is writing the Rumi-chan no Jishō half and directing it with Yasuyuki Fukasako. The studio Dub is producing both parts of the series. The cast, broadcast dates, and other details will be announced in the future.

Source: Comic Natalie


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