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Autobiography by Osomatsu-kun Creator's Daughter Gets Live-Action Mini-Series

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Tetsuji Tamayama plays Fujio Akatsuka in 5-episode show based on essay book

NHK announced on Tuesday that it is producing a five-episode live-action mini-series based on the Bakabon no Papa Yori Baka na Papa (A Father More Stupid Than Bakabon's Father) essay book by Rieko Akatsuka, the daughter of Tensai Bakabon and Osomatsu-kun manga author Fujio Akatsuka. Both the 2010 book and the upcoming mini-series depict Rieko's father and family life. The weekly mini-series will premiere on NHK on June 30.

Tetsuji Tamayama (seen right) will play the role of Fujio Akatsuka in the series. Other cast members include Manami Higa, Kyoko Hasegawa, Aoi Morikawa, Baba Tōru, and Mitsuko Kusabue.

Eriko Komatsu and Shūji Yuki are penning the script. Yoshihide Otomo, Sachiko M, and Naoko Etō are in charge of the music.

Akatsuka died in 2008 due to esophageal cancer. His life inspired a biographical film in 2011. He created dozens of manga titles, including the Mōretsu Atarō children's comedy, the popular family comedy Tensai Bakabon, and the early magical girl manga Himitsu no Akko-chan. In 1997, the Japan Cartoonists Association gave him the Literary Giant Award.

Osomatsu-kun, Mōretsu Atarō, Tensai Bakabon, and Himitsu no Akko-chan were all animated for television. Akatsuka also helped plan the Lupin III: Strange Psycho-Kinetic Strategy live-action film and later played the president in a special cameo voice role for the animated Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo film. Tensai Bakabon will receive a new television anime this July, and his Osomatsu-kun manga recently inspired two seasons of the Mr. Osomatsu anime.

Source: Comic Natalie

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