Durarara!!'s Ryohgo Narita Writes Story for Live-Action Series, Manga Spinoff

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Action series to premiere next March

Author Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!, Baccano!) is writing the original story for the a new television series titled Mushikago no Jōmae (Insect Cage Lock), which will premiere in March 2019 on Japanese premium television station WOWOW. Narita and artist Dōruru (Koe Koi) will launch a related manga titled Mushikago no Jōmae ~Spinoff~ Bug & Bat on the free manga app comico this February.

The live-action series is a "super powers battle action suspense drama" that follows Kagoroku, who is clumsy but a skilled fighter, and Nanami, a person who acts as an information broker for the criminal underworld. In their world, a cult known as "Insect Cage Garden" was experimenting on humans with special abilities until their subjects revolted and scattered. Rumor has it, though, that the cult left behind a vast treasure. Kagoroku and Nanami find themselves wrapped up in a fight for the treasure with criminals and people with powers. (Note: Name romanizations not confirmed.)

Hiroki Suzuki and Shō Kiyohara are starring as Kagoroku and Nanami, respectively. Keisuke Toyoshima is directing the series and Tadashi Shimizu and Kazuhisa Kodera are writing the scripts. Survive Said the Prophet is performing the theme song "Right and Left."

The spinoff manga (pictured below) follows and owner and a waitress at a cafe located on the border between society and the criminal underworld.

Narita began the ongoing Baccano! light novel series with illustrations by Katsumi Enami in 2003. The series inspired an anime adaptation in 2007. Shinta Fujimoto drew a manga adaptation, and after it ended in January 2017, Narita and Fujimoto launched a new original manga titled Dead Mount Death Play. Yen Press is releasing the Baccano! novels, their manga adaptation, and the Dead Mount Death Play manga in North America.

Narita's Durarara!! novels with art by Suzuhito Yasuda have inspired multiple adaptations, including television anime, video games, and manga series. Yen Press publishes the light novels and manga in North America. The novels' first arc ended in 2014 with the 13th volume, and Narita relaunched the series as Durarara!! SH.

Dōruru's Koe Koi (Voice Love) manga inspired a live-action television series in 2016.

Sources: comico, Mushikago no Jōmae series' website

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