'4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica' Manga Gets Live-Action Film in Spring 2019

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Taiki Sato, Haruka Fukuhara star in adaptation of Miwako Sugiyama's manga

Shogakukan announced on Monday that Miwako Sugiyama's 4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica romance manga will get a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in spring 2019. The film stars FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE member Taiki Sato (left in picture below) as Taiyō Udagawa, and Haruka Fukuhara (right) as Sei Saotome.

Kentaro Otani (live-action NANA, NANA 2, Black Butler) is directing the film, with a script by Natsuko Ikeda. Ryo Yoshimata (Shin Megami Tensei Devil Children, After the Rain) is composing the music for the film.

The manga centers on Sei Saotome, a high school girl who has just failed an exam, and began going to a prep school to study for her next one. She can't keep up with her studies, and talking to her friends is awkward, so she thinks this is the end of her high school life. However, she meets two boys: Mizuki, a silent and handsome boy who likes astronomy; and Taiyō, a foul-mouthed prodigy who is at the top of his class. Both are planning to enter the astronomy club, and they invite her. Sei's everyday life is still spent trying to find a place to belong, but it is about to to become brighter.

Sugiyama launched the manga in Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine in January 2015, and ended it in April 2017. Shogakukan published nine compiled book volumes for the manga. The manga previously inspired a live-action drama and voice comic adaptation on a DVD bundled with a Sho-Comi issue in 2016. The live-action drama starred Tomu Fujita as Taiyō Udagawa, Misato Kawauchi as Sei Saotome, and Kōji Kominami as Mizuki Ōtaka.

Sugiyama's Hana ni Kedamono manga previously inspired a live-action series adaptation that premiered in October 2017. Kentaro Otani also directed the series. The original manga ran in Shogakukan's Sho-Comi magazine from 2010 to 2012. Shogakukan published the manga in 10 compiled volumes that have more than 2 million copies in print.

Source: Comic Natalie

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