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Video Girl Ai Manga Gets New 1-Shot Chapter

posted on 2017-12-20 10:03 EST
New 1-shot commemorates January premiere of new live-action show

The combined third and fourth 2018 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine revealed on Thursday that Masakazu Katsura will draw a new one-shot chapter for his Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga in the magazine's next issue on January 4. The one-shot commemorates the new live-action series based on the manga, and shares its title "Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~."

Viz released the Video Girl Ai manga and its 1992 original video anime adaptation in North America, and it describes the story:

What would you do if a beautiful woman came out of your TV? "Date-less" Yōta, a loser with a heart of gold, finds himself hopelessly trapped in a love triangle between the woman he loves and his best friend. The fact that he winds up trying to help his love try and date his best friend may make him a fool, but his earnest wishes for her happiness allow him to encounter a mystical video shop that rewards him with a special video to cheer him up. To his shock and surprise, a beautiful girl jumps out of his TV! While Yōta's broken VCR has some interesting side effects upon the girl, named Ai, this is only the beginning of the best time of his life!

Katsura (I''s) published the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1989 to 1992. Shueisha published 15 compiled book volumes, and then reissued the manga in nine volumes for its keepsake and trade paperback editions. In addition to the six-volume 1992 anime, the manga also inspired an earlier 1991 live-action film.

The new live-action series, Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on January 13, but episodes will stream one week early on Amazon Prime Video in Japan. The live-action television series resets the original manga's timeframe to modern-day 2018, and it centers around Yōta's nephew, high school student Shō Moteuchi. Shō harbors a secret crush on his beautiful classmate Nanami. One day, he discovers an old broken videocassette recorder at his uncle Yota's home. He fixes the recorder, and a mysterious girl named "Video Girl Ai" springs out.


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