Rainbow Days Film, Manga Inspire 3 Novelizations

posted on by Karen Ressler
Live-action film also gets official book

The official website for the live-action film of Minami Mizuno's Rainbow Days (Nijiiro Days) manga announced on Friday that the film and manga will get novelizations.

Chikusa Kishima is writing a novel based on the film for Shueisha's Orange Bunko light novel label, and it will ship on June 21. Hanomakimi is writing a novel based on the film for Shueisha's Mirai Bunko youth literature label, and it will ship on June 22. Hanomakimi is also writing a novel tentatively titled ~Tsutsui Mari no Yūutsu~ (The Melancholy of Mari Tsutsui) based on the original manga, and it will also ship on June 22 from Mirai Bunko.

In addition, the live-action film will get an official book (pictured right) on June 22 with photo shoots, behind-the-scenes photos, and interviews with the main cast. The compiled volume for Nijiiro Biyori, the manga's side story, will ship on June 25 as the manga's 16th volume.

The film opens in Japan on July 6.

The film's male cast includes Mahiro Takasugi as Tsuyoshi Naoe, Reo Sano (of the band GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE) as Natsuki Hashiba, Taishi Nakagawa as Tomoya Matsunaga, and Ryūsei Yokohama as Keiichi Katakura.

Ken Iizuka (live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge) is directing the film and Rika Nezu (Saint Young Men) is writing the screenplay. Filming took place from mid October to November.

Rainbow Days centers on a group of four male high school students who are close friends: Natsuki, Tomoya, Keiichi, and Tsuyoshi. The four boys have no club activities, and they hurry through their studies so they can spend their days having fun. Their main topic of interest: love. Natsuki has an unrequited crush on Anna, a girl from another class, and his friends keep meddling in their relationship.

Mizuno launched the manga in Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret in the February 2012 issue and ended the series in March 2017. She published a side-story manga titled Nijiiro Biyori in the magazine in 2016 and launched it as an irregular series in July.

The original manga inspired a drama CD that Shueisha bundled with a limited edition of the seventh volume in October 2014. The manga then inspired a television anime that premiered in January 2016. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan. The manga's 13th volume also bundled an original anime DVD in September 2016.

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