The official website for Aya Nakahara’s live-action manga Otonanajimi (Adulthood Friends) posted the film’s teaser trailer and first poster image on Monday:
The tagline in the poster reads, “In a 20-year unrequited relationship!?”
The manga’s romantic comedy story revolves around childhood friends Kaede Kagaya and Haru Aoyama. Since they were four years old, Haru has been helping Kaede, and Kaede has been secretly in love with Haru ever since – two decades later. But now, thanks to another girl falling in love with Haru, and the joining of another male childhood friend named Iori, things may finally be starting to turn romantic for Kaede and Haru. (The title of the manga is a pun on the Japanese words otona [người lớn] and osananajimi [bạn thời thơ ấu].)
Mizuki Inoue from the male idol group HiHi Jets plays Haru Aoyama in the film, while Rinka Kumada plays Kaede Kagaya. (The photo above shows the cover art of the first volume of the manga.)
Riku Hagiwara (left in the image above) plays the perfect student and worker Iori Hasumi, while Nana Asakawa (right) plays the passionate and romantic designer Mio Kotomori.
The film will open on May 12, 2023. Hiroto Takahashi will direct the film, with a script by Erika Yoshida.
Nakahara launched the Otonanajimi manga in Shueisha’s Cocohana magazine in March 2019 and ended it in October 2021. The eighth and final volume of the Otonanajimi manga shipped in December 2021.
Nakahara launched the Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai manga in Shueisha’s Monthly You magazine in April 2013 and ended it in August 2016. Shueisha published 10 compiled book volumes for the manga. Nakahara launched the Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai R sequel manga in Monthly You magazine in October 2016 and ended the series in the sixth volume, published in November 2018. The series inspired a live-action television series adaptation in January 2016.
Viz Media published 17 volumes of Nakahara’s Love * Com manga in North America, and Viz Pictures released a live-action film adaptation of the manga on DVD. Discotek Media released the 2007 television anime adaptation in North America in July 2013. Nakahara also launched the Ōkami to Suzu (The Wolf and the Bell) manga at Cocohana in November 2021.
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