Higanjima's 2nd Live-Action TV Series, Film to Debut in 2016

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Shunya Shiraishi, Ryōhei Suzuki return to star in adaptation of Kōji Matsumoto's horror manga

This year's 53rd issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine announced on Monday that the second TV drama series and a second live-action film adapting Kōji Matsumoto's Higanjima manga franchise will debut in 2016. The issue also asked that fans "wait for a follow-up announcement."

The new TV drama and film project was first announced in August 2014. The announcement at the time had said that the new projects would adapt the Higanjima: Saigo no 47-Hiai (Nirvana Island: The Last 47 Days) manga, and would feature the return of Shunya Shiraishi (Gantz, Kaiji 2) as Akira Miyamoto and Ryōhei Suzuki (Kaiji, Gatchaman) as Atsushi Miyamoto. The 53rd issue of Young Magazine confirmed that the projects will feature the two actors, but it didn't specify their roles.

The original announcement also stated that the series will continue where the first series left off, and characters such as the Master will make an appearance. The resistance will also be introduced. The 2014 announcement had also stated that an "unprecedented amount" of over two hundred million yen (about US$1.9 million at the time) was spent on the production of the show.

The first live-action series adapting Higanjima: Saigo no 47-Hiai premiered in Japan in 2013. Matsumoto ended the 16-volume manga (final volume pictured at left) in July 2014. The original 33-volume Higanjima manga also inspired a live-action film in 2010. Funimation released the film on home video in North America in 2011.

Matsumoto launched the Higanjima: 48-Nichigo... (Nirvana Island: 48 Days Later...) sequel manga in August 2014, and Kodansha will publish the fifth compiled volume on December 4.

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