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Merman in My Tub Manga Gets Live-Action Taiwanese Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Bruce Hung, Kent Tsai star in adaptation premiering in 2022

Kadokawa announced in the December issue of its Monthly Comic Gene magazine on Monday that Itokichi's Merman in My Tub (Orenchi no Furo Jijō) manga is inspiring a live-action series in Taiwan.

Bruce Hung and Kent Tsai will star in the series, and Hsi-ming Chang is directing the series. The series will debut in Asia in 2022, but a release window is not yet set for Japan. The show will have 12 30-minute episodes.

Monthly Comic Gene also published a new one-shot for Itokichi on Monday titled "Ankomochi! Itsuka Daifuku ni Naru Sono Hi Made" (Red Bean Mochi! Until the Day I Someday Become Daifuku).

Itokichi launched the four-panel manga in Kadokawa's Comic Gene magazine in 2011, and ended the series in February 2020. Kadokawa published the eighth and final compiled volume in February 2020.

Seven Seas Entertainment has published all eight volumes of the manga in English, and it describes the story:

What happens when an intruder from the sea stakes claim to your bathtub? A cool yet demure teenage boy named Tatsumi must learn to live with the self-obsessed and playful merman, Wakasa, in a small Tokyo apartment. These two dissimilar young men will learn what it takes to deal with one another in their everyday lives. Of course, impromptu visits by Wakasa's ocean friends–an anthropomorphised octopus, jelly fish, and hermit crab–do not make things easier. Welcome to Tatsumi's bathtub. It's getting crowded.

The manga inspired a 13-episode series of anime shorts that premiered in October 2014. Crunchyroll streamed the anime adaptation as it aired.

Source: Comic Natalie

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