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Live-Action Cheer Boys!! Film Unveils More Cast, Teaser, Poster Visual

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Ayumi Itō, Kurumi Shimizu, Erika Karata, Chihiro Yamamoto join cast of May film

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Ryō Asai's Cheer Danshi!! (Cheer Boys!!) novel revealed additional cast members, a teaser video, a poster visual, and the May 2019 premiere on Thursday.

The four newly revealed female cast members are:
(left to right in image above)

The image above shows cast members Ryūsei Yokohama as Haruki Bandō and Masaki Nakao as Kazuma Hashimoto in the top row. Additional cast members, from left to right in the bottom row, include:

  • Toshiki Seto as Sho
  • Shōgo Iwaya as Gen
  • Ken Sugawara as Ichiro
  • Daichi Kodaira as Ton
  • Kōdai Asaka as Mizoguchi

27-year-old director Hiroki Kazama (After the Rain and Teiichi no Kuni spinoff mini-series) is directing the film.

The original youth novel revolves around the "slightly odd and cute" members of a cheerleading squad at a men's university, and is loosely based on the real-life men's cheerleading team "Shockers." Shueisha published the novel in 2013, and it has more than 170,000 copies in print.

Kenichi Kondō launched a manga adaptation in April 2016, an anime adaptation (pictured right) premiered in July 2016, and a stage play premiered in December 2016. Funimation streamed the anime with English subtitles as it aired in Japan, and later released the series on home video.

Sources: Bandai Namco Arts' YouTube channel, The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web via Nijimen

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