Tensai Bakabon Comedy Manga Gets Live-Action Show
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
NTV announced on Wednesday that it has green-lit a live-action television adaptation of Fujio Akatsuka's classic comedy manga Tensai Bakabon for a March premiere. The show will star the Cream Stew comedy duo member Shinya Ueda and Okazu Club comedy duo member Ocarina (Maki Inao) as Bakabon's father and Bakabon himself, respectively. The other cast members include:
- Nao Matsushita as Bakabon's mother
- Hirara Hayasaka as Hajime-chan
- Fumiyo Kohinata as Rerere no Oji-san
- Masanobu Takashima as Omawari-san
The original manga centers on an idiotic boy and his father. The show's setting will be updated to the present day, but will still retain a Shōwa period atmosphere.
Ueda, Ocarina, Matsushita, and Hayasaka appeared during the announcement of the show in costume as their characters (see gallery below).
Akatsuka launched the Tensai Bakabon manga series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 1967. The manga already inspired four television anime series between 1971 and 2000, as well as a full-length anime film last May titled Tensai Bakavon ~Yomigaeru Flanders no Inu~. Akatsuka died in 2008 due to esophageal cancer. His life inspired a biographical film in 2011.
Source: Comic Natalie
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