Sakurada Reset Teen Fantasy Light Novels Get TV Anime, 2 Live-Action Films
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
A television anime adaptation and a live-action film adaptation of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sakurada Reset have been green-lit. The live-action project will have two parts which will open in Japan within two months next spring, with the television anime airing during the same timeframe. The project will also receive new manga and novel adaptations.
The novels' story is set in a town called Sakurada, where almost half the population possess some form of special powers. The story centers on two high school students. Kei Asai has the ability to perfectly remember anything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can turn back or "reset" time for a maximum of three days.
Both students are members of their school's "Service Club," which their town's administration bureau uses to observe people with powers and protect the peace. By using their powers together (Kei can remember things even when time has been reset), they solve cases for the club. Kei learns of the "MacGuffin" stone, which looks like a worthless black stone, but in reality will turn out to be the stone upon which the existence of Sakurada will hinge on.
The live-action films' cast includes:
- Yuina Kuroshima (top photo, left) as the female lead Misora Haruki
- Shūhei Nomura (top photo, right) as the male lead Kei Asai
- Yūna Taira as Sumire Sōma, a classmate who was dealt a tragedy during a "reset"
- Kentarō as guitar-playing and singing Tomoki Nakano
- Tina Tamashiro as Yōka Murase, who possesses super strength
- Yuri Tsunematsu as Eri Oka
Kuroshima and Nomura introduce their characters and the movies in a video:
Director Yoshihiro Fukugawa (Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora, In His Chart) began shooting the films' two-month principal photography on September 17. Kei Haruna (live-action ERASED, Aozora Yell) is producing the project, and the staff is aiming for a medium-sized release in about 200 theaters in Japan.
Kōno published the first novel in the series in 2009, and the seventh and final volume in 2012. You Shiina illustrated the series. Kōno also published six short stories, four of which are included in the fourth novel volume, and two of which appeared in the official website of The Sneaker magazine. Masahiko Yoshihara launched a manga adaptation of the novels' first volume in Kadokawa's Shōnen Ace magazine in 2010. Kadokawa published two compiled book volumes for the manga. The first novel volume will get a new edition with a new cover (shown right) on Saturday, and the reprint will continue with a new monthly volume for seven months.