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Kenshou Ono, the protagonist in both the anime adaptation and stage play of ReLIFE, made a cameo appearance in the live action film! A behind-the-scene photo of Kenshou Ono was revealed.
He appears in the scene at a café where Ooga (Takasugi) tells Arata (Nakagawa), ‘This summer will only come once! Now is the time to confess your love!’ and strongly recommends Arata to confess his feelings to Chizuru (Taira). In this scene where two good-looking boys are having a conversation on love, you will find Ono sipping his coffee in a relaxed way in one of the seats of the café! The fans who have already seen the movie made comments to Ono on social media saying, ‘Were you, perhaps, in one of the movie’s scenes?’ and ‘You were just sitting there so naturally.’ These comments have definitely made the fans who have not yet seen the movie look forward to going to theaters.
In ReLIFE, Arata Kaizaki is a 27-year-old NEET (‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’) who has become a loser in society. One day, a mysterious man appears in front of Arata and asks him, ‘Would you like to restart your life?’ In order to reintegrate into society, Arata decides to take up the man’s offer. He becomes a 17-year-old boy for just a year and tries to enjoy life. He meets many new people in his second high-school life, and starts to change his fate by unexpectedly making friends and falling in love. However, things just do not seem to work out his way…
The original manga series has proved extremely popular on manga app comico, and has always won first place in the app’s rankings. Its live action film adaptation stars Taishi Nakagawa and Yuuna Taira, with other talented and popular cast members including Mahiro Takasugi, Elaiza Ikeda, Sae Okazaki, and Yuudai Chiba. The movie’s main theme and ending theme are sung by Sonoko Inoue, a singer-songwriter who is very popular among Japanese girls. Inoue, who has always been a fan of the original manga, has written the song ‘Message’, especially for this film adaptation. The ending theme is a cover of ‘Sakura’, one of the best songs of the hip hop group Ketsumeishi. The cover is sung by both Inoue and Nakagawa, in-character as Arata, who raps for the first time.
The manga ReLIFE has been published in paper format and has already been adapted into an anime and a stage play. The live action movie adaptation is currently showing in cinemas throughout Japan.