AniTomo, the love comedy manga by Modomu Akagawara, will get a live action adaptation!
The manga is currently being serialized in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume and tells the love story of Mai Nanase, a shy school girl, and the late bloomer Sota Nishino. The walls in Mai’s house are thin, so she hears whatever her brother is talking about in his room right next to her. One day, when her brother had his friend Sota over, she heard him say ‘Mai-san… She’s cute’, and so a love story started through the slim wall of their house. The 6th volume of the manga is scheduled to be released on 20 September 2017.
Ryusei Yokohama has been revealed to be cast as Sota Nishino, which will be his first solo starring role. Yokohama had his acting debut in Kamen Rider Fourze in 2011 and was later cast in Ressha Sentai ToQger, Wolf Girl, and Black Prince, Debusen.
The director is Ryo Nakajima (Oretachi no Sekai). Hidenao Nakagawa (Kyou no Kira-kun) will be the screenwriter. The movie is scheduled to be released in Spring 2018.
Comment from Ryusei Yokohama
‘This is my first starring role in a movie so the pressure is big, but I will enjoy playing Nishino. Nishino is not the classic prince on the white horse like in most of shojo manga, because even though he is good-looking, he is clumsy with girls.
The first love between Nishino and Mai and how they are distant sometimes makes the viewer feel embarrassed but I think it is also a story that will make people laugh a lot.
I want to play it in a way that makes the viewers cheer for Mai and Nishino. I would be glad if this movie became something that people would look at and see how Nishino is working hard to be successful for the person he loves, and then those who don’t have faith in their love or aren’t good with love-related things will be able to take a tiny step forward. Of course, I would be happy if everybody watched it and could enjoy their heart skipping a beat.’
Comment from Ryo Nakajima
About Ryusei Yokohama
‘If you see him through the monitor, you start to wonder if he really is in love. He plays all the emotions so straightforward, starting with the giddy nervousness of a lover to the insecurity and anxiety. It’s as if he shows real emotions. It is wonderful.’