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Live-Action 'Wave, Listen to Me!' Show Reveals More Cast

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Yurika Nakamura, Mantarō Koichi, Aya Hirano, Mizuki Nishimura join cast

TV Asahi revealed four new cast members for the the live-action series adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's Wave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiite Kure) manga on Thursday.

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© TV Asahi

Yurika Nakamura (top left in image above) plays Makie Tachibana. a mysterious woman that suddenly appears in Voyager, the restaurant where Minare works. Mantarō Koichi (top right) plays Katsumi Kureko, an adult novelist and script writer for the MRS radio station. Aya Hirano (bottom left) plays Madoka Chishiro, a veteran of the broadcast industry who looks down on newbie Minare. Comedian Mizuki Nishimura (bottom right) plays Yoshiki Takarada, the manager of the restaurant Voyager.

The series will premiere on TV Asahi and two other affiliates on April 21.

Fūka Koshiba (live-action Kiki's Delivery Service, Sadako DX, seen below) stars as protagonist Minare Koda. Koshiba turned her hair blond for the first time in her life for this role.

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© TV Asahi

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© TV Asahi

Other cast members include (pictured above from left to right):

Takashi Sumida, Osamu Katayama, and Hisashi Ueda are directing the series, with scripts by Kazunao Furuya. Yuki Hayashi and Shōgo Yamashiro are composing the music.

Kodansha USA Publishing has licensed the manga, and it describes the story:

The stage is Sapporo, Hokkaido. One night, our heroine, Minare Koda, spills her heartbroken woes to a radio station worker she meets while out drinking one night. The next day, she hears a recording of her pitiful grumbling being played live over the air. Minare storms into the station in a rage, only to then be duped by the station director into doing an impromptu talk show explaining her harsh dialogue. With just one recording, the many eccentric facets of Minare's life begin to pull every which direction as she falls ever deeper into the world of radio.

Samura launched the manga in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine in July 2014. Kodansha published the manga's ninth compiled book volume in January 2022. Crunchyroll began simultaneous publication of the manga in 2018 and released new chapters worldwide (except Japan) as they launch in Japan. Kodansha USA Publishing removed the title from Crunchyroll earlier this year on January 31.

The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in April 2020. Funimation streamed the anime both subtitled and with an English dub.

Source: Wave, Listen to Me! live-action series' website, Comic Natalie


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