Noriyuki Makihara Sings Live-Action My Love Story/Ore Monogatari's Theme
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The staff of the live-action film of Kazune Kawahara and Aruko's romantic comedy manga My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!) announced on Tuesday that singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara will contribute his song "No. 1" as the film's theme song.
Makihara originally wrote and sang "No. 1" in 1993 as his eighth single. He will make a new arrangement of the song exclusively for the film. In the song, he sings to his lover about having the world's best romance ever. Commenting on the news, Makihara said that he is grateful that in the 21st century, fate brought the song "No. 1" together with this story that matches it so perfectly.
Here is a music video for the song in its original arrangement, digitally remastered for a 2012 reissue:
Viz Media is publishing the manga in North America, and the publisher describes the story:
Takeo Gōda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!
The film's official website previously streamed a trailer and a teaser for the film in August.
Ryohei Suzuki (Gatchaman) as Takeo Gōda
Mei Nagano (Rurouni Kenshin) as Rinko Yamato
Kentarō Sakaguchi (Umimachi Diary) as Makoto Sunakawa
Yasufumi Terawaki (Boogiepop and Others) and Yutaka Gōda (Takeo's father)
Sawa Suzuki (Aibō) as Yuriko Gōda (Takeo's mother)
Theaters began selling tickets with "Takeo's Earnest Calendar" on August 28.
Suzuki made and followed his own training regimen to gain 30 kilograms (more than 60 pounds) of weight to portray the role of the two-meter-tall (6.5-feet-tall), estimated 120-kilogram (260-pound) Takeo Gōda.
Hayato Kawai (Suzuki Sensei) is helming the project, and is working off of Akiko Nogi's (Library War) script. The film will premiere in Japanese theaters on October 31.
The manga has also inspired an ongoing television anime adaptation from studio Madhouse that premiered in April. The last episode will premiere on Wednesday. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for home video.
Kawahara (High School Debut) first debuted the original 100-page version of the story in an issue of Bessatsu Margaret Sister in October 2011, but the manga then returned in Bessatsu Margaret as a serialized work with artist Aruko (Yasuko and Kenji) in April 2012. Shueisha published the ninth compiled book volume of the manga on June 25, and Viz published the fifth volume on July 7.
The series won Best Shojo Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2013. Additionally, the series topped the list of Manga for Female Readers in the 2013 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook.
Source: Comic Natalie