Live-Action Naval Film Kūbo Ibuki Reveals Teaser, Visual

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The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Osamu Eya and Kaiji Kawaguchi's Kūbo Ibuki (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki) manga began streaming a teaser for the film on Thursday. The site also revealed a new visual for the film.

Hidetoshi Nishijima plays Ryōta Akitsu, an officer who started in the Air Self-Defense Force, but is now the skipper of the titular Ibuki aircraft carrier. Kuranosuke Sasaki plays Toshiya Niinami, a Maritime Self-Defense Force officer and the executive officer of the Ibuki.

Setsurō Wakamatsu is directing the film. Kazunori Itō (Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, .hack//SIGN) and Yasuo Hasegawa (Riding Bean, Megazone 23, Armitage III) are penning the script. Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Harlock: Space Pirate, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi) is in charge of planning. The film is slated for 2019.

In the manga's story, the state of world affairs is changing at a dizzying pace. This is particularly clear in the growing military strength of countries neighboring Japan, the issue of resources on the sea floor, disaster relief, underwater transport, maintaining order on the high seas, and island defense. In response to a near-skirmish with China near the disputed Senkaku Islands, Japan builds the Ibuki aircraft carrier.

Kawaguchi launched the series in collaboration with journalist Eya in 2014, and it marks the 50th anniversary of the magazine. Shogakukan released the manga's ninth compiled book volume on March 30. The manga won the Best General Manga award at the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in January. The series' volumes have more than 3 million copies in print.

Kawaguchi ended his Zipang: Shinsō Kairyū manga in November. The manga is unrelated to his earlier time-traveling war manga Zipang, which he also drew in Kodansha's Morning magazine until 2009.

Viz Media published Kawaguchi's political manga Eagle in North America. Central Park Media released the naval anime special The Silent Service inspired by Kawaguchi's manga, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.

Sources: Kūbo Ibuki live-action film's website, Comic Natalie

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