Live-Action Waiting for Spring Film's Short Commercials Streamed
posted on by Karen Ressler
Warner Bros. Japan began streaming five short commercials for the live-action film of Anashin's Waiting for Spring (Harumatsu Bokura) manga on Saturday.
Tao Tsuchiya (top row center in image below) will play the lead role of Mitsuki Haruno. Yūta Koseki (top row right) will play Mitsuki's childhood friend Aya Kamiyama. Takumi Kitamura (top row left), Yōsuke Sugino (bottom row left), Hayato Isomura (bottom row center), and Yū Inaba (bottom row right) will play the basketball team's "four kings" Towa Asakura, Ryūji Tada, Kyōsuke Wakamiya, and Rui Miyamoto. Other cast members include Rika Izumi as Nanase Kashiwagi, Yuki Sasō as Reina Yamada, and Tamaki Ogawa as Yūko.
The film will open in Japan on December 14.
Yūichirō Hirakawa (live-action Erased, Rookies the Movie: Graduation) is directing the film, and Satoko Okazaki (Tiger & Bunny, Yan Yan Machiko) is writing the screenplay. Office Crescendo is producing the film, and Warner Brothers Japan is distributing.
Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga in English, and it describes the story:
Mizuki (sic) is a shy girl who's about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys' basketball team weren't exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she's been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include…love?
Anashin launched Waiting for Spring in Kodansha's Dessert magazine in 2014. Kodansha published the manga's 10th compiled book volume on August 9. Kodansha Comics published the eighth volume in English on October 2. The manga was nominated in Kodansha's 41st Manga Awards last year, and the American Library Association's (ALA's) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) listed the manga in its 2018 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
Source: Warner Bros. Japan's YouTube channel