Futari H Live-Action Films Unveil Trailer, Visual for 1st Film

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st film opens on Friday, 2nd film on May 10

The official website for the new live-action film adaptations of Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga began streaming a new trailer for Eiga-ban Futari H ~Love Again~, the first film, on Thursday. The films' Twitter account also revealed a new visual for the film.

The first film will open in Japan on Friday, while Eiga-ban Futari H ~Double Love~, the second film, will open on May 10. Toshiaki Kondō is directing the films. The first film's story will begin from the arranged marriage of the couple Yura and Makoto, while the second film will begin from three years after they get married.

The cast includes:

Gravure idol Hikaru Aoyama as Yura Onoda

Michinari Sasaki as Makoto Onoda

Saki Yoshida as Rika Kawada

Shōka Ōshima as Makie Sugiyama

Akane Sagara as Nao Komatsu

Tama Mizuki as Naomi Ishibashi

Mado Sawai as Miyuki Kikuchi

Mea Shimotsuki as Akane Itō

Katsu (Psychic Academy, The Vision of Escaflowne) has been drawing Futari H (Manga Sutra), which describes itself as a "love bible" or a "user's manual" for people in love, in Young Animal and Young Animal Arashi since 1997. Hakusensha published the manga's 77th volume on December 26, and the 78th volume will ship on April 26. The series' compiled books have more than 27 million copies in print in Japan, and 2.5 million copies in print overseas as of February 2018.

Katsu launched a spinoff manga titled Futari H Another on Hakusensha's new HAREM manga website on November 29.

The original Futari H manga inspired two original video anime (OVA) series in 2002 and 2014, a live-action series in 2000, and three live-action films between 2011 and 2012.

Tokyopop published Katsu's The Vision of Escaflowne, Psychic Academy, and Manga Sutra in North America. Media Blasters licensed and released the 2002 OVAs on DVD in North America under the title Step Up Love Story.

Sources: Futari H live-action films' website and Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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