Back Street Girls Manga Also Gets Live-Action TV Series in February

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Live-action film opens in Japan on February 8

The official Twitter account for Back Street Girls: Gokudols (Back Street Girls -Yakuza Idols-), the live-action film adaptation of Jasmine Gyuh's Back Street Girls comedy manga, revealed on Sunday that the project will also include a live-action television series. The series will air on MBS and TBS' "Dramaism" programming block, and will premiere on MBS on February 17 and on TBS on February 19. The show will have six episodes.

Keinosuke Hara is returning to direct the series, and Hidehiro Itō is returning to write the script alongside Kōta Fukihara and Midori Satō. The main cast from the film are also returning for the series. New cast for the series includes Arisa Komiya and Hideo Nakano. Ryūjin Kiyoshi will perform the opening theme song "Koishite Koishite Yashinatte," and a different artist will perform the ending theme song each week.

The film will open on February 8.

The film will star Jin Shirasu, Reiya Masaki, Masato Hanazawa, Natsumi Okamoto, Ruka Matsuda, Akane Sakanoue, Tetsuya Sugaya, Nana Asakawa, Hitoshi Ozawa, Dori Sakurada, Ren Osugi, and Kouichi Iwaki.

Kodansha Comics began publishing the manga digitally in English on August 14, and it describes the series:

Tough gangland retribution takes a disturbingly bright, shiny turn in this insanely guilty pleasure about 3 yakuzas who, as repayment for their failures, must undergo major surgery and become … a hot female idol trio! So what happens when they become the next big pop sensation!?

The manga launched in Kodansha's Weekly Young Magazine in March 2015, and ended on September 15. Kodansha published the manga's 12th and final compiled volume on January 4. The manga has more than 450,000 copies in print.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered in Japan on July 3. Netflix launched the anime in the United States on December 12.

Sources: Back Street Girls live-action film's Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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