My Little Monster Manga Gets Live-Action Film Starring Masaki Suda, Tao Tsuchiya
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
A live-action film adaptation of Robico's My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) manga has been green-lit. TOHO is producing and distributing the film. Masaki Suda (left in picture below) is playing the character Haru Yoshida in what he announced would be his last movie playing a student in uniform. Tao Tsuchiya (right) is playing Shizuku Mizutani.
Mizutani is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. Haru is an impulsive short tempered brute, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence.
Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an act of friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!
Robico launched the manga in Kodansha's Dessert magazine in 2008, and ended it in June 2013. Kodansha published 13 compiled book volumes for the manga, and Kodansha Comics published all 13 volumes in English. The manga inspired a television anime series that ran in 2012. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and NIS America released the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America in June 2015.