Live-Action Wolf Girl & Black Prince Film's Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Filming

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Film based on Ayuko Hatta manga opens on Saturday in Japan

The official website for the live-action film of Ayuko Hatta's shōjo manga Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji) began streaming a "special" 16-minute behind-the-scenes video on Wednesday. The video begins with a synopsis of the film's story, before introducing the characters, and then an interview with Fumi Nikaidō and Kento Yamazaki, as well as the filming of certain scenes. The video notes that the manga has 5.4 million copies in print.

The site also streamed a "triple collaboration" video last month that featured scenes from the film linked with their corresponding panels in the manga. The video includes the film's theme song "Boku no Namae o" (My Name) by the rock band back number.

The story of Wolf Girl & Black Prince centers around Erika Shinohara, a vain 16-year-old girl who tells her friends about her romantic exploits, but she actually has no boyfriend. She claims that a handsome boy in a candid photo is her boyfriend, but it turns out that boy is a schoolmate named Kyōya Sata. She has no choice but to make him her fake boyfriend. Unfortunately, Sata may look like a sweet person, but he is actually an ultra-black-hearted sadist. Sata takes advantage of Erika's weakness and treats her like his dog.

The visual below shows lead actors Fumi Nikaidō (left in photo) and Kento Yamazaki (right in photo) in costume as Erika Shinohara and Kyōya Sata, their respective characters. The visual resembles an illustration Hatta drew for the manga.

The rest of the film's cast includes:

Ryūichi Hiroki (live-action Strobe Edge, Otoko no Isshō) is directing the film. Shooting for the film ended in January, and the film will open in Japan on Saturday, May 28.

Hatta launched the Wolf Girl & Black Prince (Ōkami Shōjo to Kuro Ōji) shōjo manga in Bessatsu Margaret in 2011, and ended it on May 13. Shueisha published the 15th compiled volume on April 25, and published the 16th and final volume on Wednesday. The film's official website notes that the manga has 4.2 million copies in print.

The manga inspired a 12-episode television anime series starring Kanae Itō as Erika Shinohara and Takahiro Sakurai as Kyōya Sata. The anime premiered in October 2014, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Sentai Filmworks released the anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 8.

The manga also inspired a novel and a drama CD, the latter of which also starred Itō and Sakurai.

Source: Comic Natalie

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