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Natsuzora Live-Action Series About Early Anime Industry Taps Mr. Osomatsu Composer Yukari Hashimoto

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Chihayafuru's Suzu Hirose stars in upcoming rama

The staff for the Natsuzora live-action series about the early Japanese animation industry announced that Yukari Hashimoto is composing the music for the show. Hashimoto has composed music for many anime, including March comes in like a lion, Yuri Kuma Arashi, Mr. Osomatsu, and Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.

The show is planned to air from April to September 2019 and run for 156 episodes. The show is NHK's 100th "serial television novel."

The series' story of "dreams and adventures, love and passion" begins in the early summer of 1946 after the end of World War II. A nine-year-old girl named Natsu Okuhara survived air raids but lost both of her parents and is separated from her siblings. She moves in with a dairy farmer, Takeo Shibata, and begins to work on the farm, but in elementary school she meets a boy who introduces her to the world of cartoons. She begins to think about her future and wants to join the developing anime industry. However, Takeo wants Natsu to marry his only son to ensure the farm's future. Meanwhile, Natsu learns that her brother is alive and working in Tokyo.

The series will star Suzu Hirose (live-action Chihayafuru's Chihaya Ayase, Umimachi Diary's Suzu) as Natsu. Masaki Okada (live-action Gintama's Kotarō Katsura) will play Natsu's brother Saitarō Okuhara, and Naohito Fujiki (Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge's Omokage) will play her adoptive father Takeo Shibata. Ryō Yoshizawa (live-action Bleach's Uryū Ishida, Gintama's Sōgo Okita) will play Tenyō Yamada, the boy who introduces Natsu to the world of animation.

Tomoaki Iso is supervising the production, and Sumio Ōmori is writing the original script. The series' directors include Takafumi Kimura and Masahiko Tanaka. Toshitake Fukuoko is serving as producer.

Source: Comic Natalie


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