ReLIFE Live-Action Film Casts Yudai Chiba as Ryō Yoake

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Takeshi Furusawa directs April 2017 film based on Yayoiso's manga

The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso's ReLIFE manga announced on Friday that Yudai Chiba (The File of Young Kindaichi Returns: The File of Inspector Akechi) will play Ryō Yoake.

Yoake is a staff member in the ReLIFE research institute, and the one who made an offer to protagonist Arata Kaizaki to rehabilitate his life. Like Kaizaki, he also takes the pill that returns his looks to high school age, and supports Kaizaki from afar. While he is usually relaxed, and a smile never far from his lips, his insults are surprisingly adult, which shows the two sides of his personality.

The previously announced cast includes:

Taishi Nakagawa (live-action Kyō no Kira-kun, Prison School) as the protagonist Arata Kaizaki and Yūna Taira (live-action Aozora Yell, Ankoku Joshi) as Chizuru Hishiro

Mahiro Takasugi (live-action P to JK) as Kazuomi Ōga

Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Rena Kariu

Sae Okazaki (live-action Siren, Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl) as An Onoya

Takeshi Furusawa (live-action Another, Clover) is directing the film. The film is slated to debut in Japanese theaters on April 15, 2017, and it will have an original ending.

Yayoiso began her manga on the Comico free manga app in 2013, and it was green-lit for physical publication in 2014. Taibundo released the manga's sixth compiled volume in August, and Crunchyroll is releasing the manga in English digitally.

The manga inspired an anime adaptation this year. All the episodes debuted at once on the Comico app before airing on television, and Crunchyroll streamed all 13 episodes at once in July. Kensho Ono starred in the anime as Arata Kaizaki and reprised his role in a stage play adaptation in September.

The manga's story revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents' financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

Source: Comic Natalie

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