Live-Action HaruChika Film Reveals Additional Cast, March 4 Premiere Date

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Visuals of idol Kanna Hashimoto as Chika revealed

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Sei Hatsuno's HaruChika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru "concert band youth mystery" novel series announced on Sunday that the film will open on March 4, 2017 in Japan. The website also posted images of Rev. from DVL idol group member Kanna Hashimoto in character as Chika with her flute.

Both Hashimoto and her costar, Sexy Zone idol group member Shori Sato (Haruta), learned how to play their characters' respective instruments for the film.

In addition, the website announced several additional cast members:

  • Yuri Tsunematsu (live-action From Five to Nine's Nene Sakuraba) as Serizawa
  • Hiroya Shimizu (live-action Chihayafuru's Akihito Sudō) as Hiyama
  • Kōki Maeda (live-action Gaki Rock's Makoto) as Katagiri
  • Takuma Hiraoka (Wolf Children's Souhei) as Miyamoto
  • Moka Kamishiraishi (Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl's Maika Senu) as Taeko
  • Himeri Nikaidō as Wakaba

Masahide Ichii (Blindly in Love) is directing the film. The film is in post-production — filming began in April and wrapped up in May.

The television anime of the novel series premiered on January 6, and Funimation streamed series. Funimation describes the story:

Things look bleak for the school's Wind Instrument Club until childhood friends Haruta and Chika step in to save the day. When they aren't practicing to perfect their own playing, they're working hard to save the club by recruiting new members. After a series of mysteries shock the school, they'll have to add junior detectives to their already impressive resumes.

Hatsuno released the first novel in the series in 2008, and Kadokawa published the fifth novel, Wakusei Karon (Planet Karon), last September. Kadokawa's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine has been serializing a manga adaptation by Buuta since last October.

[Via Otakomu]

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