Live-Action Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Project Unveils Theme Song Artists

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Nogizaka46 idols in cast sing film's theme, Thinking Dogs band performs series' theme

The official website for the live-action film of Sumito Ōwara's Eizouken ni wa Te o Dasu na! (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) manga revealed the theme song artists for both the film and the accompanying television mini-series on Monday.

Nogizaka46 idol group members Minami Umezawa, Asuka Saitō, and Mizuki Yamashita, who star in both the film and live-action series as the main cast members, perform the film's theme song "Fantastic Sanshoku Pan" (Fantastic Three-Filling Bun). The song will be on the Nogizaka46 group's 25th single "Shiawase no Hogoshoku," which ships on March 25.

Rock band Thinking Dogs perform the series' theme song "Heavenly ideas," which will ship on May 13 as the band's new single. Band vocalist Tsubasa said they made this song to express the feelings he experienced in his own adolescence, similar to the story's "secret base-like" club.

The film will open on May 15, while the six-episode series will premiere on April 5 on MBS, and on April 7 on TBS. The film and series have the same staff and cast.

Umezawa, Saitō, and Yamashita (left to right in image right) star in the live-action project as the characters Sayaka Kanamori, Midori Asakusa, and Tsubame Mizusaki.

The live-action project also stars Sakurako Konishi as student council president Tōru Dōtonbori, Ema Grace as student council secretary Sowande Sakaki, Riko Fukumoto as attack squad leader Hisashi Ashima (character name romanizations not official), Ryō Matsuzaki as student council treasurer Shunya Ō, Suzunosuke as Kuroda, Masayuki Deai as Asakasa, and Masahiro Takashima as Fujimoto-sensei.

Tsutomu Hanabusa (live-action 3D Kanojo Real Girl, Kakegurui, Asahinagu) is directing the film and series.

The manga follows Midori, Tsubame, and Sayaka, an energetic trio of first-year high school girls who come together in the Eizouken (Video Research Club) to turn their anime dreams into a reality. Midori is nervous to create an anime alone. She meets Tsubame who appears to be a well-to-do girl but she really has artistic dreams of being an animator. Midori's best friend Sayaka has the financial sense to bring the project to fruition and joins the pair on their quest.

Ōwara launched the manga in Shogakukan's Gekkan! Spirits magazine in 2016. The series was nominated for the 11th Manga Taisho awards in 2018, and it won the top Bros. Comic Award in 2017.

The manga is inspiring a television anime by Masaaki Yuasa and Science Saru that premiered on NHK General on January 5, and will have 12 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Sources: Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! live-action project's website, Comic Natalie

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