Crunchyroll Adds Shiratori Reiko Live-Action Drama
posted on by Karen Ressler
Media distribution service Crunchyroll posted the first two episodes of the live-action drama adaptation of Yumiko Suzuki's Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! (I'm Reiko Shiratori!) manga under the title "Shiratori Reiko" on Monday. The series has English subtitles.
The series will consist of 10 30-minute episodes. The first episode premiered in Japan on January 14. A film adaptation is also slated for 2016.
The manga follows the rich, beautiful, and stuck-up Reiko Shiratori, who has been in love with her friend Tetsuya Akimoto since childhood.
Shinji Kuma, Tatsuya Matsuoka, and Keita Mizunami are directing the series, and Yōsuke Ōtani is writing the scripts.
The TV series stars Mayuko Kawakita (Fashion Story: Model, Kurokouchi, pictured below in costume) as Reiko.
Boys and Men idol group leader Masaru Mizuno (pictured upper left in image below) plays Tetsuya. Additionally, Boys and Men members Yukihisa Tamura (top row center), Tatsunori Tsujimoto (top row right), Masato Yoshihara (bottom row center), and Shunsuke Tanaka (bottom row left) also appear in the drama. Other cast members include: Ayaka Ōnishi, Anna Odaka, Yuuka Ueno, Risa Naitō, Tamao Satō, Masahiko Sakata, Shihō Harumi, and Yoneko Matsukane.
Boys and Men member Yutaka Kobayashi (bottom row center in image above) will also have a role in the film version.
The manga previously inspired two live-action TV series in 1989 and 1993, as well as a live-action film in 1995. The manga also inspired a 40-minute OVA in 1990.
Suzuki launched the original seven-volume manga in Kodansha's mimi magazine in 1988. She launched a sequel manga titled Shin Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! (New I Am Reiko Shiratori!) in 1992, but the manga remains unfinished. Suzuki will draw a one-shot story for the next issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine, which will ship on February 25