Supernatural Romance Manga Sumika Sumire by Crimson Hero's Takanashi Gets Live-Action Drama

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Mirei Kiritani to star in January drama series

The wraparound jacket band on the fifth volume of Mitsuba Takanashi's Sumika Sumire manga announced on Wednesday that the series will get a television drama adaptation beginning in January 2016. The series will air on Fridays at 11:15 p.m. on TV Asahi and related channels.

Actress Mirei Kiritani (live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Jigoku Sensei Nube) will play the lead character.

In the story, Sumi Kisaragi has always nursed her grandmother, father, and mother, and before she knows it she has turned 60 without ever knowing love. After her mother's funeral she's alone, but a shapeshifting cat appears and grants her wish to redo her youth. She is rejuvenated as the 17-year-old Sumire and returns to high school.

Takanashi began Sumika Sumire in August 2013. She ended her Crimson Hero manga in 2008, and Viz Media published the manga as one of the four launch titles in Shojo Beat magazine in 2005 in North America. DC Comics' shuttered CMX Manga imprint also published Takanashi's The Devil Does Exist series.

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