Live-Action Meiji Tokyo Renka Series, Film Reveal Visuals, April Premiere

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Series starring Rikki Ihara follows high school girl sent back to Meiji period

The staff of the live-action series and film adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed a main visual, cast visuals, stills, story, and the April premiere for the series on Wednesday.

Rikki Ihara as Mei Ayazuki

Yutaka Kobayashi as Charlie

Shūto Miyazaka as Ōgai Mori

Makaha Takahashi as Shunsō Hishida

Taiki Yamazaki as Otojirō Kawakami

Toman as Kyōka Izumi

Yūki Kubota as Gorō Fujita

Tetsuya Iwanaga as Yakumo Koizumi

Shōta Matsushima as Tōsuke Iwasaki

The time-travel romance fantasy story centers on ordinary high school student Mei Ayazuki. On the night of a red full moon a self-described magician named Charlie appears and takes Mei back to the Meiji period. Mei sneaks into a party at the Rokumeikan building and encounters Japan's historical figures such as Ōgai Mori. Mei also learns she possesses the "tamayori" power that allows her to see mononoke (spirits). Mei finds out she can travel back to her time on the night of the next month's full moon. Still, Mei is attracted to the prospect of living as her true self in the Meiji period.

The series will run for eight episodes on TV Kanagawa, TV Hokkaido, TV Saitama, Chiba TV, Nagoya Broadcasting Network, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and QTV. It will also stream exclusively on the U-NEXT service. The film will open in Japan in 2019 after the series finishes.

Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka visual novel romance franchise began with a 2011 mobile game, which was ported to PlayStation Portable in 2013. The anime film adaptation of the game opened in Japan in 2015, and a television anime premiered on January 9. A new iOS and Android game titled Meiji Tokyo Renka Haikara Date was originally slated for release in summer 2018, but it launched on December 14 after a delay.

Sources: Meiji Tokyo Renka live-action project's official website, Eiga Natalie

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