Meiji Tokyo Renka Historical Visual Novels Get Live-Action Show, Film, New App
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The "Meiji Tokyo Renka ~Haikara Roman Theater V" event announced on Sunday that production on a live-action series adaptation and film has been green-lit for Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel game franchise for female players. The event also announced the upcoming television anime adaptation's staff, as well as release info for the latest game app.
Akitarō Daichi (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is directing the television anime at TMS Entertainment, and Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is serving as both character designer and chief animation director. The voice cast members from the games are reprising their roles for the television anime. The event unveiled Yamanaka's character designs for Ōgai, Mei, and Shunsō:
MAGES. and Love&Art will launch the Meiji Tokyo Renka Haikara Date romance simulation game app this summer, and the game's official website is accepting registration for players. The iOS and Android app is free-to-play (with fees for in-game items), and player can read a new story with the "Meiji Ikemen" every month.
The game will feature three new characters (from left to right):
- Taikan Yokoyama, a Japanese apprentice painter and Shunsō Hijida's school friend
- Rentarō Taki, a musical genius known for "Kōjō no Tsuki" ("The Moon Over the Ruined Castle") and "Haru" ("Spring")
- Kōyō Ozaki, a best-selling author and Kyōka Izumi's mentor
The Meiji Tokyo Renka franchise began with a 2011 mobile game, which was ported to PlayStation Portable in 2013. The games boasts over 300,000 players, and they already inspired the anime movie Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade (pictured left) and the stage musical Kageki Meiji Tokyo Renka ~Oborozuki no Chat Noir~ (Musical Meiji Tokyo Love Song ~Black Cat of the Hazy Moon~), as well as drama CDs, novels, and manga. The Meiji Tokyo Renka Twilight Kiss game shipped for the PSP in April 2015, and the Meiji Tokyo Renka Full Moon game shipped for the PS Vita in August 2016.
The movie's website describes the story's prologue: On an evening lit by a crimson full moon, an ordinary high school girl named Mei Ayazuki meets a self-proclaimed magician named Charlie at a festival. Through Charlie's magic, she time-travels to the Meiji era in Tokyo, where she meets and falls in love with various great historical figures from that time period.
Source: Animate Times