2nd Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film to Also Portray Manga's Ending
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A press conference for Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: Sotsugyō-hen (Assassination Classroom: Graduation), the second live-action film based on Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga, confirmed on Monday that the film will have the same ending as the manga. Matsui explained that the timing of the film's production led to the proposal that the manga and film share the same ending.
The manga will end in five more chapters in the magazine's 16th issue, which will ship in March. Seiji Kishi, the director of the television anime adaptation, also indicated in the magazine that the second anime season will cover the manga's ending.
Viz Media is publishing Yusei Matsui's original manga in North America, and it describes the story:
A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!
Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed last month that Tsuyoshi Abe (pictured below) will play the assassin Red Eye in the second film.
The film has also cast Mirei Kiritani (seen below, top photograph) as Aguri Yukimura, and Hiroki Narimiya (below photograph) as Kōtarō Yanagisawa.
The film has also cast an actor for the role of the original "God of Death." [highlight white text to read spoilers] Arashi band member Kazunari Ninomiya, who is voicing Koro-sensei for the live-action films, will play the God of Death. Narimiya and Kiritani will play their characters in a flashback scene that shows how the God of Death turned into Koro-sensei.
The film will open in Japan on March 25. Sensa-tions, a nine-member group "produced" by the franchise's Koro-sensei character, is performing the theme song "Sayonara Sensation" for Ansatsu Kyōshitsu ~Sotsugyō-hen~.
The first live-action film adaptation opened in Japan last March. The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal hosted the film's international premiere last July. The Fantastic Fest film festival, held in Austin, Texas from September to October, screened the film's U.S. premiere.
Eiichirō Hasumi (Umizaru films, Wild 7) directed the film, and Tatsuya Kanazawa (Saru Lock The Movie, Lucky Seven) wrote the script.
Yusei Matsui Matsui launched the manga in July 2012, and Shueisha plans to ship the 18th and 19th compiled volumes on March 4 and April 4, respectively. The manga has over 20 million copies in print.
The first television anime series premiered in Japan in January 2015, and Funimation streamed the series as it aired. A second series premiered on January 7. Funimation is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.
Source: Mainchi Shimbun's Mantan Web