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Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku Manga Inspires Live-Action Series in March

posted on by Jabulani Blyden
Psycho-Pass' Katsuhide Suzuki directs series starring Shingo Katori

TV Asahi announced on Friday it will air a live-action television series based on Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga. The television series will be titled Stranger ~Bakemono ga Jiken wo Abaku~ (Stranger: Disclosing the Monster Incident), and it will premiere on March 27 at 9:00 p.m. JST. The suspense television series will have an original story, but will still share the same worldview of Hagio's original manga.

Shingo Katori will star in the series as Akira Misugi, a doctor from the Taisho era who is turned into a "vampanella" after attempting to end his life after the death of his wife and child. Ayami Nakajō will play Maria, a child descendant of a vampanella clan who saved Akira's life, and who burdened him with the gift of eternal life. Maria has the strongest blood of her family, and is also fated to live a very long life.

Additionally, Yasunori Danda will play Yasuo Maejima, the owner of a used books store and an old friend of Akira and Maria's. Takuma Otoo and Masato Hagiwara will play detectives Akio Kumagai and Shōji Saeki, respectively. Takehiko Ono will play police chief Junpei Uchida, and Touru Masuoka will play the role of Shirō Inamura, a scholar of folklore.

Katsuhide Suzuki is writing the show's script, and Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass TV anime and anime film's chief director) is directing the series at TV Asahi. TV Asahi is producing the series in cooperation with Production I.G and Atmovie. TV Asahi's Ikuei Yokochi will serve as the general producer, while TV Asahi's Kōichi Funatsu, Production I.G's Haruyasu Makino, and Atmovie's Takeshi Moriya will produce.

The original manga is a fantasy series that depicts several short stories revolving around a young vampire named Edgar who has lived for over 200 years. The original manga takes place in Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Shogakukan published the manga's five compiled volumes between 1974-1976.

Moto Hagio's They Were Eleven, A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, A,A', and The Heart of Thomas manga have English releases. Fantagraphics, who published A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and The Heart of Thomas, will also release Hagio's Otherworld Barbara manga.

Source: Comic Natalie

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