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Live-Action anohana Unveils Child Actors, September 21 Air Date

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Young actors will portray main characters during childhood

The staff of the live-action television special of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime revealed the show's September 21 air date and the child cast for the show on Wednesday. The child cast will portray the main characters as children. The announcement revealed the child cast photographed with their main cast counterparts.

(From left to right) Santa Takahashi as Tetsudō "Poppo" Hisakawa, Chinami Yoshioka as Naruko "Anaru" Anjō, Minamide Ryouka as Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi, Kanon Tani as Meiko "Menma" Honma, Ruiki Satō as Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki, Karen Ichihara as Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi.

The first scene in the special will show the characters playing hide-and-seek in a poppy field in Chichibu.

The original Spring 2011 television anime followed several childhood friends who try to reconnect in high school, after drifting apart due to a tragedy five years earlier. The anime inspired a manga and a 2013 anime film sequel.

Masaki Nishiura (Densha Otoko) is helming the project, working off of scripts by Yoshihiro Izumi (Ranma 1/2, Death Note live-action drama). Yuta Kano (One Piece) is credited with planning, and Sumi Asano (Sazae-san live-action special) is credited as producer.

Galileo Galilei will contribute their "Aoi Shiori" (Blue Bookmark) song as the series' opening theme. The song also served as the original 2011 anime's opening theme song. The band Silent Siren will perform a cover of ZONE's hit 2001 song "secret base ~Kimi ga Kuretamono~" as the show's theme song. The anime used a cover of the same song by the anime's voice cast as its ending theme.

The live-action special's main cast stars:

21-year-old Yūta Takahata (The Eternal Zero) as Tetsudō "Poppo" Hisakawa

18-year-old Airi Matsui (live-action Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, 2014's GTO, Hell Teacher Nube) as Naruko "Anaru" Anjō

18-year-old Nijirō Murakami (Takashi Miike's As the Gods Will, Still the Water) as Jinta "Jintan" Yadomi

14-year-old Minami Hamabe (live-action Ace Attorney) as Meiko "Menma" Honma

20-year-old Jun Shison (Ressha Sentai ToQger) as Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki

17-year-old Marie Ītoyo (S -Saigo no Keikan-, Nobunaga Concerto) as Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi

The special will air from 9:00 p.m. to 11:18 p.m.

Source: animeanime.jp

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