Live-Action Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy Film's Music Video Streamed

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"Virtual singer" Kafu performs theme song for film opening on June 28

The Mantan Web entertainment news website began streaming a music video on Friday for Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy, the live-action film of Miki Aihara's Hot Gimmick manga. The video features the theme song "Yoru ga Furiyamu Mae ni" (Before Night Stops Falling) by "virtual singer" Kafu. Vocaloid producer Iori Kanzaki composed, arranged, and wrote the lyrics for the song.

The film stars:

Yūki Yamato (live-action Oboreru Knife film) is directing and penning the film. The film will open in Japan on June 28.

Aihara published the manga in Shogakukan's Betsucomi magazine from 2000-2005, and Shogakukan published 12 compiled volumes for the manga. The manga has more than 4.5 million copies in print. Aihara published a new chapter for the manga on Thursday.

Viz Media published the manga in English, and it describes the story:

In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret, only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly Azusa, Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again! He's moving back into the neighborhood! Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is!

Viz Media published the manga in 12 compiled volumes in 2003-2006, and then republished the series in four omnibus volumes in 2009. The company also published the Hot Gimmick S novel in 2007.

Viz Media has also published Aihara's Tokyo Boys & Girls and Honey Hunt manga in English. Aihara's From Five to Nine manga inspired a live-action television series that premiered in October 2015.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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