Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Drama's Main Cast, Hulu Distribution Plans Unveiled
posted on by Karen Ressler
Hulu's Japanese branch opened a website to announce that the live-action drama adaptation of Matsukoma and Hashimoto's Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~) manga will premiere in January on Hulu at the same time as it premieres on television.
The website also announced that Yūichi Fukuda (HK/Hentai Kamen, Aoi Honō, One-Pound Gospel, Yūsha Yoshihiko franchise) is directing the series starring, from left to right in the image below, Kenji Urai (Death Note musical) as Matsukoma and Shōtarō Mamiya (live-action Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo) as "Nietzsche-sensei."
The comedy manga follows a male part-time late-night convenience store worker named Matsukoma, and the new part-time worker he trains named Tomoharu Nii, nicknamed Nietzsche-sensei. Tomoharu is a university student in the school's Buddhism department. When an angry customer screams at Tomoharu, "Customers are gods!," he replies, "God is dead." The manga follows the part-time worker life of Matsukoma and Tomoharu, the latter of whom continuously baffles his customers and co-workers at the convenience store with his odd ways.
Matsukoma and Hashimoto launched the manga in Monthly Comic Gene in August 2013 as an adaptation of a series of popular Twitter posts chronicling real-life exploits of convenience store staffers. Kadokawa published the manga's third compiled book volume on January 27.
The manga already inspired a drama CD, which Kadokawa released in February. The live-action project's announcement notes that more details about the adaptation will be revealed in the manga's fourth compiled book volume, which Kadokawa is publishing on August 27.
The series was one of the best-selling first volumes for new manga series that went on sale last year, according to a report by The Japan Publication Sales' Distribution Reform Group Comic Team. The September issue of Monthly Comic Gene notes that the manga has over 1 million copies in circulation.
The manga also ranked in the top 15 manga series that had fewer than five volumes as of November 2014 based on a poll by Japanese online bookstore Honya Club in February.