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Tsuri Baka Nisshi Manga Inspires Live-Action TV Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Fishing manga previously inspired 22 live-action films starring Toshiyuki Nishida

Juzo Yamasaki and Kenichi Kitami's Tsuri Baka Nisshi (Diary of a Fishing Fool) manga is inspiring a new live-action television series. Gaku Hamada (Miss Hokusai's Zenjiro, live-action Space Brothers' Yasushi Furuya, live-action Nobunaga Concerto's Tokugawa Ieyasu) will play the protagonist Hama-chan.

The series will premiere in October, and it will air on Fridays at 8 p.m. The series will air on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu.

Yūzō Asahara (Tsuri Baka Nisshi films 14-20) is directing the series, and Kumiko Sato (Sanbiki no Ossan, Kagi no nai Yume wo Miru) is writing the scripts.

The manga follows Densuke "Hama-chan" Hamazaki, an unavaricious white-collar worker who does not have any interest in success and self-protection. Even though he incurs the wrath of his superior and stirs ill feelings from his wife, Hama-chan prefers to take things at his own stride and goes fishing. He feels that there are more important things in life than work and enjoys the simple things in life such as fishing.

Yamasaki and Kitami launched the manga series in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine in 1979. Shogakukan will release the 92nd volume on September 30.

Tsuri Baka Nisshi was adapted into a 36-episode television anime in 2002. The manga also spawned 22 live action films, the last of which opened in Japan in 2009. Toshiyuki Nishida played Hama-chan in all 22 films, and Rentarō Mikuni, who passed away in 2013, played his boss Suzuki.

Source: Comic Natalie

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