Live-Action The World of Machida-kun Film's Teaser Video Highlights Cast Comments, Theme Song
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a teaser video for the live-action film adaptation of Yuki Andō's The World of Machida-kun manga on Monday. The teaser highlights the cast's comments on the film, and also features the film's theme song "Ite mo Tatte mo" (Can't Control Myself) by Ken Hirai.
Director Yūya Ishii (live-action The Great Passage) personally oversaw a large-scale audition with more than 1,000 participants and picked newcomers Kanata Hosoda (top left in image below) and Nagisa Sekimizu (top right in image below) to star as Hajime Machida and Nana Inohara, respectively.
Machida's classmates include (left to right in the middle row of the image above):
- Takanori Iwata as Yū Himuro
- Mitsuki Takahata as Sakura Takashima
- Atsuko Maeda as Lila Sakae
- Taiga as Ryōta Nishino
Other characters include (left to right in the bottom row):
- Sōsuke Ikematsu as Yōhei Yoshitaka
- Erika Toda as Sayaka Yoshitaka
- Kōichi Satō as Hino
- Nanako Matsushima as Momoka Machida, Machida's mother
- Yukiya Kitamura as Ayuta Machida, Machida's father
(Note: Character name romanizations not confirmed.)
In the manga, Machida is a quiet, awkward, bespectacled boy, whose slightly below-average grades belie his appearance. He thinks there is nothing special about himself, but all around him there are people who treasure him.
The manga ranked third on Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list of top manga for female readers in 2015. The manga won Andō a new face award at the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2015 and the new creator prize at the 20th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards in 2016. The series was nominated for the Manga Taisho in 2016.