Beloved BL Manga, 'Love Stage!!' Releases Its Live-action Film Adaptation with a Star-Studded Cast on Gagaoolala

With the surging popularity of the BL genre and a devout “Fujoshi” fandom that today extends to every nook and corner of the world, the past decade has seen several Japanese yaoi mangas being brought to life in the form of popular animes, TV series, or film adaptations. One of such recent adaptations is the hit Japanese Shounen-ai manga, Love Stage!!, which was adapted into a live-action film this past 2020 and will be available to stream globally on GagaOOLala this May 28th.

With the BL manga being translated into several different foreign languages and its anime adaptation having gained popularity at home and abroad, Love Stage!! was eventually picked up to be transformed into a live-action film by its yaoi author Eiki Eiki and illustrator Zao Taishi in 2020 after multiple adaptations of the popular manga into a light spin-off novel, TV anime series, and an OVA in the past. Eiki Eiki, the original author who wrote the manga, was also in charge of the screenplay for the live-action film.

Love Stage!! follows the life of Izumi Sena, your average, everyday boy who's miraculously born into your not-so-average family of celebrity parents and siblings. With a mother who's an artist, a father who's a singer and an elder brother who's literally a rockstar, Sena wishes to do nothing with the entertainment industry and instead yearns to become a successful manga creator. An otaku, nerdy college student, Izumi is reluctantly made to star in a television commercial where he's required to wear a dress and act opposite to the other actor on set, the dashing Ryoma Ichijo. It's an instant case of love at first sight for Ryoma who mistakes Izumi for a woman. But as fate would have it, Ryoma soon realizes that Izumi is the same person he met ten years ago and has held feelings for him right since the day he set eyes on Izumi. However, Ryoma's feelings for Izumi doesn't seem to change despite him ultimately realizing that Izumi is actually a boy and not the girl he thought he was.

The live-action adaptation of Love Stage!! features a star-studded cast of Japanese on-screen talents from popular stage and musical productions and also stars the Japanese heartthrob DAIGO, from the rock band, BREAKERZ.

The cast of the movie includes Yowamusi Pedal stage play's Mahiro Sugiyama as Izumi Sena and Touken Ranbu musical's Hiroki Nakada as Ryoma Ichijo as the main leads of the film's storyline. Elsewhere, Osomatsu-san stage play's Shinichi Wagou takes the role of Rei Sagara, manager to the Sena family, and DAIGO as Shogo Sena, Izumi's rockstar of a brother of the band, Crusherz.

For all you Fujoshi fans wishing to get your dose of that much-needed yaoi fantasy from Japan, the land of all things BL, make sure not to miss the live-action film adoption of Love Stage!!, available to stream worldwide on May 28th only on GagaOOLala.

Official link: https://www.gagaoolala.com/en/videos/2151/love-stage-2020

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