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Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Hiroyuki Nishimori's Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! gag comedy manga is inspiring a new live-action television series adaptation that will premiere in NTV's Nichiyō Drama time slot in October. Kento Kaku (live-action Ranma ½'s Ranma Saotome, Clover's Hayato Misaki, Young Black Jack's Katsuya Tatsumi) will star in the series as Takashi Mitsuhashi. The series will mark the first live-action adaptation for the manga in about 21 years.

Kento Kaku as Takashi Mitsuhashi

Yūichi Fukuda (live-action Gintama, HK/Hentai Kamen, Super Salaryman Mr. Saenai) is directing the series. Fukuda previously worked with Kaku on the live-action television series Yūsha Yoshihiko to Maō no Shiro. Fukuda directed the series, and Kaku played a policeman in the 11th episode.

Additional male roles, including Shinji Itō and the rival character Katsutoshi Imai, will be announced on April 5.

The manga's story centers on the blond delinquent high school student Takashi Mitsuhashi. He is sly and holds "Whatever I do, I'll win!" as his creed. He forms a duo with Shinji Itō, a fellow high school student who is serious and dutiful with a strong sense of justice.

Nishimori's series ran in Shogakukan's Zōkan Shonen Sunday and Weekly Shonen Sunday magazines from 1988 to 1997. The series' 38 compiled book volumes have a total of more than 40 million copies in print.

The manga inspired an original video anime series in 1992, and Toei released a V-Cinema direct-to-video live-action series inspired by the manga from 1992 to 1997. The V-Cinema series' cast and staff also reprised their roles for a live-action film adaptation that debuted in 1994.

Sources: Cinema Today (Yuriko Ishii), Comic Natalie

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