Live-Action Video Girl Ai Series Gets Sequel in April
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TV Tokyo announced on Saturday that Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~, the new live-action television series based on Masakazu Katsura's Video Girl Ai (Den'ei Shōjo) manga, is getting a sequel series titled Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Mai 2019~ that will premiere in April.
A television special titled Den'ei Shōjo ~Video Girl Ai 2018~ Tokubetsu-hen aired early on Saturday morning. The special ended with a picture of a new Video Girl, Video Girl Mai/Mai Kamio (played by Nogizaka 46 member Mizuki Yamashita).
The first live-action series premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates in January 2018, but episodes streamed one week earlier on Amazon Prime Video in Japan. Kazuaki Seki (music videos for Perfume, Gen Hoshino) directed the first television series and the special, and Kohei Kiyasu penned the script for both alongside Yoshitatsu Yamada. The first season and the special starred: Nanase Nishino (Nogizaka 46), Shūhei Nomura, Marie Iitoyo, Hiroya Shimizu, Karen Ōtomo, Jun Murakami, and Shigeyuki Totsugi. tofubeats composed the music and performed the theme song.
The live-action television series resets the original manga's timeframe to modern-day 2018, and it centers around Yōta's nephew, high school student Shō Moteuchi. Shō harbors a secret crush on his beautiful classmate Nanami. One day, he discovers an old broken videocassette recorder at his uncle Yota's home. He fixes the recorder, and a mysterious girl named "Video Girl Ai" springs out.
Katsura published the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1989 to 1992. Shueisha published 15 compiled book volumes, and then reissued the manga in nine volumes for its keepsake and trade paperback editions. In addition to the six-volume 1992 anime, the manga also inspired an earlier 1991 live-action film. Viz Media released the manga and its 1992 original video anime adaptation in North America.