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Laughing Under the Clouds Manga Gets Live-Action Spinoff Work

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Prequel work follow members of Yamainu Squad amidst rumors of Tenka's retirement

The official website for the live-action film of Kemuri Karakara's Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni Warau) manga announced on Saturday that the manga is inspiring a live-action spinoff work that will stream on January 1. The announcement didn't state if the work will be a series or a special.

The spinoff is titled Tenka, Yamainu Yameruttesa (They Say Tenka is Quitting the Yamainu). The prequel story centers on Tenka's retirement from the Yamainu Squad. As rumors spread about his possible retirement, the story focuses on the thoughts and feelings of the other members of the squad.

The live-action work will feature a returning cast from the upcoming live-action film, including Sōta Fukushi, Yūki Furukawa, Shunsuke Daito, Yūta Koseki, Tomohiro Ichikawa, and Masaki Kaji.

The film will open in Japan on March 21, 2018.

The film stars:

Sōta Fukushi as Tenka Kumō

Kirato Wakayama as Chūtarō Kumō

Renn Kiriyama as Shirasu Kinjō. Shirasu arrived at Kumō Shrine gravely injured, and Tenka nursed him back to health. They have become close friends ever since, and he has lived in the shrine and become like another brother to the Kumō brothers.

Yūki Furukawa as Abe no Sōsei, the leader of the Yamainu Squad. He holds himself to a strict standard, and is honest and stubborn. He is an old friend to Tenka, but he has not yet forgiven Tenka for leaving the squad.

Shunsuke Daito as Seiichirō Takamine, the vice-captain of the Yamainu Squad, formed by Tomomi Iwakura to find and exterminate Orochi. He wields a large zanbatō sword, and team leader Abe no Sōsei places great confidence in him.

Yūta Koseki as film-original character Ren Nagayama, a member of the Yamainu Squad

Tomohiro Ichikawa as Rakuchō Takeda, the newest member of the Yamainu Squad

Masaki Kaji as Zenzō Inukai, the oldest member of the Yamainu Squad

The Fūma Clan of ninjas plotting to rule the world (from left to right in picture below):
Ryuuya Wakaba as Kiryū
Junya Ikeda as Hayakage
Eita Okuno as Raiga
All three are original characters for the film

In addition, Yūma Nakayama will play the character Soramaru Kumō, and Noriyuki Higashiyama will play Tomomi Iwakura.

Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass chief director) is directing the film, and Yuuya Takahashi (Laughing Under the Clouds anime series, Tiger & Bunny, Lupin the Third) wrote the script.

The story of Laughing Under the Clouds takes place in the 11th year of the Meiji era. The number of people in Japan who feel dissatisfaction toward the government are increasing due to the increasing speed of Westernization and the ban on samurai. In order to curb the increased rate of crime, the government opens a new prison. The three brothers of the Kumo family are entrusted with the duty of transporting these criminals to the new prison, but adventures await them on the way.

Karakara launched the manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Avarus magazine in 2011, and ended it in May 2013. Mag Garden published six compiled book volumes for the series. The manga was adapted into a 12-episode television anime in 2014. Funimation streamed the series as it aired with both English subtitles and an English broadcast dub. The manga also received a stage play adaptation that ran from February-March 2015, and a new stage play that ran from May-June 2016.

Karakara launched a sequel titled Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds - Side Story) on Mag Garden's "Beat's" manga site in 2014. The manga is inspiring an anime trilogy film adaptation. The first film, titled Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ketsubetsu, Yamainu no Chikai (Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden - Parting, The Oath of the Yamainu), opened on December 2.

Source: Comic Natalie

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