Live-Action I''s Series' 2nd Half Premieres on March 8
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Masakazu Katsura's I''s manga revealed on Tuesday that the second half of the series will premiere on March 8. The staff also revealed stills from episode 6, the first new episode titled "No Control."
In "No Control," Ichitaka and Iori become third-year students and are selected again as part of the committee for the first-years' welcome party. They go to stay at Nami's house in order to plan the program, and they end up playing the king game.
Additionally, the official Twitter accounts for the show and SKY PerfecTV!'s Skyper! channel began streaming a special version of the series' first episode on Tuesday. The Twitter accounts will stream one special video each day until March 6, for a total of nine episodes.
The show's 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 first half of the 13-episode series premiered on December 21 at 9:00 p.m. and aired on SKY PerfecTV!'s BS Skyper! channel and Skyper! on Demand service. A special behind-the-scenes program aired first on December 14.
Both Keisuke Toyoshima and Mari Asato are directing the series, and Takashi Watanabe is composing the music. Migiwa Takezawa is performing the opening song "yesterdays," and Mrs. Green Apple is performing the ending song "Coffee."
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.