Live-Action anohana Special's Promo Video Streamed
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
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.
The live-action special's main cast stars:
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 child cast members for the same characters in the past are:
(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 Satou as Atsumu "Yukiatsu" Matsuyuki, Karen Ichihara as Chiriko "Tsuruko" Tsurumi
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 special will air on September 21 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:18 p.m.