Nana Mizuki, Daisuke Hirakawa Reprise ItaKiss Roles for New Taiwanese Live-Action Show's Dub

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Voice actors played equivalent roles in anime, earlier Taiwanese drama

Nana Mizuki and Daisuke Hirakawa will play the lead roles for the Japanese dub of the new Taiwanese live-action series Itazura na Kiss ~ Miss In Kiss based on Kaoru Tada's Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) manga. Mizuki is voicing Xiang Yue-Qin, the character based on Kotoko, and Hirakawa is voicing Jiang Zhi-Shu, the character based on Naoki. In addition, Shuuhei Sakaguchi will play Jin Zhi-Zhu, the character based on Kinnosuke.

Mizuki, Hirakawa, and Sakaguchi previously dubbed the equivalent characters in the anime adaptation, the 2005 Taiwanese drama, and the 2010 Korean drama. The shōjo manga has had eight on-screen adaptations between Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand. Itazura na Kiss ~ Miss In Kiss is the first Taiwanese Itazura na Kiss live-action adaptation in 12 years.

The first DVD box set for Itazura na Kiss ~ Miss In Kiss ships on June 23 in Japan. Dino Lee and Esther Wu.

In Tada's classic unfinished manga, a high school girl named Kotoko Aihara finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki Irie that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty "super-ikemen" (handsome male) with 200 IQ and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko's family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad's childhood friend...whose son is Naoki.

The original manga followed Naoki and Kotoko through high school and beyond, but the manga is unfinished because Tada passed away in an accident in 1999. The popular manga ran in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine from 1990 to 1999, and it has more than 35 million copies in print. Discotek Media released the 2008 anime adaptation on DVD.

Source: Cinema Café

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