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Heroine Shikkaku Live-Action Film's Manga Video Streamed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Film adaptation of Momoko Kōda's shōjo manga to open on September 19

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Momoko Kōda's Heroine Shikkaku (Failure as a Heroine) shōjo manga began streaming a "comic collaboration" promotional video on Saturday. The video compares clips and dialogue from the film with images and text from the original manga.

The romantic comedy centers around a high school girl named Hatori Matsuzaki who firmly believes that she has to marry her childhood friend, Rita Terasaka, someday. Kōsuke Hiromitsu, the most popular boy in school, completes the love triangle. Actress Mirei Kiritani (live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Jigoku Sensei Nube) stars as Hatori (center in photo below). Kento Yamazaki (L DK, Another, 2015 Death Note's L) plays Rita (left), and Kentarō Sakaguchi (Umimachi Diary, My Love Story!!) plays Hiromitsu (right).

Rounding out the cast are (from top left to bottom right in photographs below) Ayano Fukuda (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo, Harlock: Space Pirate) as Hattori's friend Kyōko Nakajima, Miwako Wakajima (Garo -Makai no Hana-) as Rita's girlfriend Miho Adachi, Maryjun Takahashi (live-action Rurouni Kenshin, Kikaider Reboot) as Emi, Mari Hamada (Modern Choki Chokies, The Cat Returns) as Rita's mother, and Riki Takeuchi (Dead or Alive, Battle Royale II: Requiem, Thermae Romae) as the Cafeteria Guy.

Singer Kana Nishino will contribute her song "Torisetsu" (Manual) as the theme song for the film. Nishino also sang themes for Soul Eater, Naruto Shippūden: The Lost Tower, and Chocolate Underground.

Tsutomu Hanabusa (High School Debut, Handsome Suit, Sadako 3D) is directing the adaptation that will open in Japan on September 19. The original manga ran in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine from 2010 to 2013, and Shueisha published 10 compiled book volumes.

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