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My Love Story!! Author Kazune Kawahara's Sensei! Manga Gets Live-Action Film

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film starring Toma Ikuta, Suzu Hirose with scripts by Mari Okada opens in fall 2017

A live-action film adaptation of Kazune Kawahara's Sensei! manga has been green-lit. Filming is scheduled to begin in November, and is set to conclude in March. The film is planned for a fall 2017 release in Japan. Takahiro Miki (live-action Solanin, Ao Haru Ride) is directing the film, with Mari Okada (anohana, The Anthem of the Heart, Toradora!) penning the script, making the film her second announced live-action project.

Toma Ikuta (Akihabara @ DEEP's Box, Bokura ga Ita/We Were There's Motoharu Yano) will play Kōsaku Itō, a high school teacher, while Suzu Hirose (The Boy and The Beast's Kaede, live-action Chihayafuru's Chihaya, live-action Your Lie in April's Kaori) will play Hibiki Shimada, a girl who falls in love with Kōsaku.

The story centers on second-year high school student Hibiki Shimada, who is in love with her teacher Kōsaku Itō, a cold man who seems to hate girls, but is actually kind. The story begins when she accidentally puts a love letter entrusted to her by a friend in Kōsaku's shoe locker.

Kawahara launched the manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine in 1996, and ended it in 2003. Shueisha published 20 compiled book volumes for the manga. Kawahara collaborated with artist Aruko for the My Love Story!! manga, which inspired both a television anime in spring 2015, and a live-action film in October 2015. The manga ended on July 13. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks will release the anime series on home video with an English dub on December 20.

Kawahara's Aozora Yell manga also inspired a live-action film, which opened in Japan on August 20. Additionally, Kawahara's High School Debut manga inspired a live-action film in April 2011.

Kawahara launched her latest Suteki na Kareshi manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine in January.

Source: Comic Natalie

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