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Kiriko Nananan's Kabocha to Mayonnaise Manga Gets Live-Action Film in November

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Asami Usuda, Taiga, Joe Odagiri star in relationship drama film

A live-action film adaptation of Kiriko Nananan's Kabocha to Mayonnaise (Pumpkin and Mayonnaise) manga has been green-lit. It will open at the Shinjuku Musashinokan and other theaters in Japan in November.

The manga focuses on the relationship between Tsuchida and Seiichi, a couple living together trying to make ends meet. Seiichi is a musician and songwriter in a band that dreams big, and Tsuchida works at a clothing store to support them, but sometimes still thinks about her ex-boyfriend Hagio. Tsuchida follows the lead of a friend to work at a hostess bar for extra money, but gives in to the sexual advances of a client. When Seiichi finds out, the couple begin to grow more distant, especially after Hagio's sudden re-entry into Tsuchida's life.

The cast includes:

(Top row, left to right):

  • Joe Odagiri as Hagio, Tsuchida's ex-boyfriend
  • Asami Usuda as Tsuchida
  • Taiga as Seiichi
  • Sario Okada as Naomi, the new member in Seiichi's band

(Bottom row, left to right):

  • Ken Mitsuishi as Yasuhara, Tsuchida's client at the hostess bar
  • Kurumi Shimizu as Kanako, Tsuchida's colleague at the hostess bar
  • Ryūya Wakaba as Terao, Seiichi's bandmate
  • Kōdai Asaka as Tanaka, Seiichi's bandmate
  • Ritsu Ōtomo as Kawauchi, Seiichi's bandmate

Masanori Tominaga is directing the film. Estuko Yakushimaru will compose an insert song for the film, and will supervise music production.

Nananan published the manga in Takarajimasha's CUTiE Comic magazine from 1998 to 1999. Shodensha published the manga in one compiled book volume in 2004.

Viz Media published Nananan's Itaitashii Love and Heartless Bitch manga as part of the Secret Comics Japan manga anthology in 2000. Fanfare / Ponent Mon published Nananan's Blue manga in 2006. The manga inspired a 2003 live-action film. CPM planned to release Nananan's Strawberry Shortcakes manga in North America with the title Sweet Cream & Red Strawberries in 2007, but never released it. The manga inspired a live-action film in 2006.

Source: Comic Natalie

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