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Yuuki Kaji Joins Live-Action Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba Cast as Voice of Plush Toy

posted on by Karen Ressler
TV drama series about cooking premieres January 22

The staff of the live-action television series adaptation of Sanami Suzuki's Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba (English title The meal with Hokusai, or lit. All You Need Is A Meal with Hokusai) cooking manga announced on Monday that Yūki Kaji will voice the titular plush toy Hokusai.

The series will premiere on MBS on January 22 at 1:05 a.m. (effectively January 23 at 12:50 a.m.), and on TBS on January 24 at 1:28 a.m. (effectively January 25 at 1:28 a.m.).

The series will star Mone Kamishiraishi (your name., live-action Chihayafuru, Oboreru Knife) as protagonist Bun Yamada. Other cast members include Elaiza Ikeda and Gōki Maeda. Kamishiraishi also appears in the music video for HY's theme song "Happy."

Suzuki originally launched a Hokusai to Meshi manga in Kadokawa's Samurai A magazine in 2012, but the manga ended at one volume after Samurai A stopped its publication. Suzuki then relaunched the manga in the debut issue of Young Magazine the 3rd in September 2014 under the Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba title. Kodansha published the manga's fourth volume on December 20.

Hokusai to Meshi Saeareba takes place eight years before Hokusai to Meshi. In the newer series, Bun Yamada moves to Tokyo to go to college, and she brings along her beloved plush toy named Hokusai. Bun has lots of ideas for new recipes, and believes that even if she experiences hardship, as long as she has Hokusai and delicious food, that every day is a happy one. The first volume features recipes for dishes such as "empty can rice," "metamorphosis sandwich," "thermos sweet sake," "meatball spaghetti," "sacred parfait," and "beef sinew curry."

Suzuki's The Little Match Girl (Match Shōjo) manga inspired an anime promotional video in February 2016.

Source: Comic Natalie

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