Akiko Higashimura's Himawari - Kenichi Legend Office Comedy Manga Gets Live-Action Show Next Spring

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Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Girls author's comedy manga ran from 2006 to 2010

The official website for Kodansha's Morning magazine revealed on Wednesday that Akiko Higashimura's Himawari - Kenichi Legend comedy manga is inspiring a live-action television series that will premiere on Miyazaki TV in spring 2020. The television series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miyazaki TV. (The original manga's story is set in Higashimura's native Miyazaki Prefecture.)

The manga centers on the office antics of Akiko and her father Kenichi (collectively called "the two Kenichis"), who both work for the same telephone service company in southern Kyushu.

The manga ran in Morning from 2006 to 2010, and Kodansha published 13 compiled book volumes for the manga.

Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls have both previously inspired live-action adaptations. Kodansha Comics is releasing both manga in English. Most recently, Higashimura's Gisō Furin manga inspired a live-action series that premiered in July.

Kodansha Comics recently announced that it has licensed Higashimura's Tokyo Tarareba Girls Returns sequel manga, and it will digitally release the first volume on December 24.

Tokyo Tarareba Girls won this year's Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award in the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Source: Morning website

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