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Live-Action After the Rain Film's Spinoff Mini-Series Debuts

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4-episode spinoff about Takashi, Yui's relationship stars same case as film

The GyaO! streaming service began streaming the first episode of Koi wa Ameagari no You ni: Pocket no Naka no Negaigoto (After the Rain: Wish in a Pocket), the live-action spinoff web mini-series based on the live-action film of Jun Mayuzuki's Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain) manga, on Wednesday. The mini-series was announced on April 22. The mini-series has four episodes, and the remaining episodes will stream on May 11, 18, and 25.

The new mini-series focuses on the relationship between the characters Takashi Yoshizawa and Yui Nishida, who are supporting characters in the original story.

The series maintains the same cast as the film. Hiroki Kazama is directing the series.

The film will open in Japan on May 25.

Nana Komatsu (left in picture below) stars Akira Tachibana, while Yo Oizumi (right) is playing Masami Kondō.

The additional cast includes (clockwise from top left in image above):

  • Shōno Hayama as Takashi Yoshizawa, Akira's classmate who has a crush on her
  • Nana Seino as Haruka Kiyan, Akira's close friend and captain of the track team
  • Hayato Isomura as Ryōsuke Kase, Akira's fellow part-time worker and cook at Garden
  • Honoka Matsumoto as Yui Nishida, Akira's fellow part-time worker and waitress at Garden
  • Mari Hamada as Kayōko Kubo, Akira's fellow part-time worker and waitress at Garden
  • Shigeyuki Totsugi as Chihiro Kujō, Masami's old friend, and a novelist
  • Yō Yoshida as Tomoyo Tachibana, Akira's mother
  • Maika Yamamoto as Mizuki Kurata, a track star who has her sights set on Akira

Akira Nagai (live-action Teiichi no Kuni) is directing the film, with a script by Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Mary and The Witch's Flower).

The manga centers on 17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana, a girl who barely expresses herself. She harbors a secret crush on Masami Kondō, the 45-year-old manager of the family restaurant she works at part-time.

Mayuzuki launched the manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits in 2014 and transferred to Weekly Big Comic Spirits in early 2016, where it serialized a new chapter every other week until it ended on March 19. Shogakukan will publish the manga's tenth and final volume on April 27. The manga has 1.9 million copies in print. Vertical has licensed the manga and will release it in five volumes beginning on September 25.

The manga was nominated for the ninth Manga Taisho awards in 2016, and was ranked #4 in the 2016 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook.

The manga's 12-episode television anime adaptation premiered on January 11 on the Noitamina programming block on Fuji TV, and ended on March 30. The show streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video inside and outside of Japan, with the English title After the Rain.

Source: Eiga Natalie

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