Live-Action I''s Series' Opening, Ending Videos Preview Theme Songs
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official YouTube account for SKY PerfecTV!'s Skyper! channel began streaming opening and ending videos for the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga on Wednesday. The videos preview Migiwa Takezawa's opening song "yesterdays" and Mrs. Green Apple's ending song "Coffee."
Previously announced cast members include:
Amane Okayama (live-action Lychee Light Club's Jacob) as Ichitaka Seto
Sei Shiraishi as Iori Yoshizuki
Kyōka Shibata as Itsuki Akiba, Ichitaka's younger childhood friend
Ku Ijima as Yasumasa Teratani
Yūki Ogoe as Jun Koshinae
Keisuke Tomita as Mokichi Kida
Atomu Mizuishi as Samejima
Takashi Ukaji as Hiromi Hanazono
Minori Hagiwara as Izumi Isozaki
Konatsu Katō as Aiko Asō, a native of Akita prefecture and Ichitaka's neighbor in the apartment building
Haruka as Nami, a strong-minded tomboy, Ichitaka's classmate, and Iori's friend
Kanoko Sudō as Yuka Morisaki, a normal girl who is Ichitaka's classmate and Iori's friend
Eri Fuse as Ichitaka's mother
Makoto Araki as Ichitaka's father
Usa Makino as Miyoko Kawasaki, Ichitaka's first love from grade school. Ichitaka has some bad memories from what Miyoko told him.
Tatsuya Nakayama as the president of the "Wandako" drama club, and an upperclassman whom Iori considers reliable
Terunosuke Takezai as Takashi Takezawa, a modeling mentor for Itsuki, and a temporary art teacher for Wanda High School
Shōdai Fukuyama as Kensuke Tamura, Izumi's ex-boyfriend, and a member of Wanda High School's soccer team
Yumi Adachi as Rie Furukawa, Iori's manager, affiliated with the entertainment company Isai Production
Atsushi Arai as Sango Ishikawa, an actor affiliated with Isai Production
Keisuke Horibe as Isai Kaminogi, the CEO of Isai Production, and a stage actor whom Iori greatly respects and admires
The 13-episode series will premiere on December 21 at 9:00 p.m. and air on SKY PerfecTV!'s BS Skyper! channel and Skyper! on Demand service. A special behind-the-scenes program aired first on December 14.
Viz Media published all 15 volumes of Katsura's original manga, and it describes the story:
Shy Ichitaka has a crush on his high school classmate Iori, but ever since she posed for semi-provocative swimsuit photos in a magazine, she's had a lot of sleazy guys hitting on her. Ichitaka's afraid to make his feelings known in case she thinks he's just another creep.
Torn between his physical feelings for Iori and his desire for real love, Ichitaka's life gets more complicated when his childhood friend Itsuki moves back from America and ends up living in his house!
Itsuki's no longer the young girl Ichitaka remembers - she's a babe who is open with her feelings and not shy about walking around in a towel!
The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1997 to 2000. The original manga has 10 million copies in print. The series inspired a two-part OVA in 2002, and a six-part OVA titled I''s Pure in 2006. Viz Media released both OVAs in one DVD box set in 2009.