Live-Action Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Show Casts Shōtarō Mamiya, Kenji Urai

posted on 2015-10-27 02:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Adaptation of manga about odd convenience store clerk premieres on January 1

The official website of the live-action television series adaptation of Matsukoma and Hashimoto's Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~) manga unveiled a new visual (seen right) for the series. The visual reveals that Shōtarō Mamiya (left) will play Tomoharu Nii or "Nietzsche-sensei," and Kenji Urai (right) will play Matsukoma.

Yūichi Fukuda (HK/Hentai Kamen) is directing the series, and is also writing the scripts. It will premiere on Yomiuri TV and on Hulu in Japan in January.

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 fourth compiled book volume on August 27. The manga already inspired a drama CD, which Kadokawa released in February.

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.

Source: Comic Natalie

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