Classic Shōjo Comedy Manga Patalliro! Gets Live-Action Film

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Stage play's cast, staff to return for fall 2018 film

The opening performance of the "Patalliro! ★Stardust Keikaku★" stage play announced on Thursday that Mineo Maya's original shōjo comedy manga Patalliro! is inspiring a live-action film. The film is slated to open in Japan this fall.

The main cast and staff from the play will return for the film. The cast includes Ryo Kato as Patalliro, Tsunenori Aoki as Bancoran, and Hiroki Sana as Maraich. Kensaku Kobayashi is directing the play, and Tetsuhiro Ikeda wrote the script. Maya, Kato, Aoki, Sana, Kobayashi, and Ikeda appeared together for the announcement.

The play is running at The Galazy Theatre in Tokyo until March 25, and it will run at Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka from March 30 to April 1. The play is the franchise's second. The first stage play ran in Tokyo in December 2016.

The original manga's story follows Patalliro, the crown prince of Malynera. The bodyguard Bancoran protects the prince from assassination amidst misadventures and mischief. One of the many bishōnen assassins, Maraich, falls in love with Bancoran.

Maya launched the manga in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine in 1978. The series later switched to Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine, Melody magazine, and Hana LaLa Online website. The manga has been serializing in Hakusensha's Manga Park app since 2017. The publisher released the 98th compiled book volume in July, and the 99th will ship on April 5. The series claims to be Japan's longest-running gag manga.

The manga has inspired various spinoff manga, a television anime adaptation in 1982, and the Patalliro! Stardust Project anime film in 1983. The Patalliro Saiyuki! spinoff manga also inspired a television anime series in 2005.

Source: Comic Natalie

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