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Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori stars as Hatsumi Narita in adaptation of shōjo manga

Toei announced on Tuesday that Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in 2019.

The film will star Nogizaka46 member Miona Hori as Hatsumi Narita.

The show's main male cast includes: (From left to right in below image)

Yūki Yamato (live-action Oboreru Knife film) is directing and penning the film. Filming started in mid-September and will finish in mid-October.

Aihara published the manga in Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine from 2000-2005, and Shogakukan published 12 compiled volumes for the manga. The manga has more than 4.5 million copies in print.

Viz Media published the manga in English, and it describes the story:

In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly Azusa, Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!

Viz Media published the manga in 12 compiled volumes in 2003-2006, and then republished the series in four omnibus volumes in 2009. The company also published the Hot Gimmick S novel in 2007.

Viz Media has also published Aihara's Tokyo Boys & Girls and Honey Hunt manga in English. Aihara launched the From Five to Nine manga in 2010, and Shogakukan published the manga's 14th volume on February 28. The manga inspired a live-action television series that premiered in October 2015.

Source: Press release

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