Crunchyroll to Stream Live-Action Anohana Special
posted on by Egan Loo
Media service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it is streaming the live-action television special of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day anime. The service also announced this week that it added the Gunbuster 2, Senki Zesshō Symphogear G, and DearS anime to its catalog.
The live-action anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day special will be available in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Symphogear G is available worldwide except for Asia, while Gunbuster 2 and DearS are available in the United States and Canada.
The original Spring 2011 anohana 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 already inspired a manga and a 2013 anime film sequel before the upcoming live-action special.
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) directed 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 contributed 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 performed 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 in Japan on September 21 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:18 p.m.