The voices of Yoshitaka Yamaya and Sora Amamiya will appear in the live-action movie One Week Friends, originally created by Matcha Hazuki. The anime adaptation of One Week Friends aired in 2014 with Yamaya as Yuki Hase and Amamiya as Kaori Fujimiya.
‘I’ve gotten a lot of experience from the anime’, commented Yamaya, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to become involved with this story again, and be able to give something back to the story.’ Amamiya also expressed her excitement, ‘I’m really happy to become involved with the story again after the anime’s completion a couple of years ago. It’s nice to know that the staff of the movie value the anime highly.’ Their fans await to see which scenes they will appear in.
In the meantime, the Blu-Ray Box set of the TV anime will be released on the February 22, 2017. The complete works of the voice movie Kaori’s Diary, which is linked to each week’s story, will be included on top of the aired 12 episodes. Its cover features an original new illustration with Yuki and Kaori drawn by the original writer, Hazuki.
One Week Friends is an adolescence story about Kaori Fujimiya who has a memory disorder and loses all the memories with her friends each week, and Yuki Hase who wants to become her friend. The movie, directed by Shosuke Murakami who also directed Akai Ito and One Litre of Tears will be released on February 18.
Comment from Yoshitaka Yamaya
‘One Week Friends gave me a lot of first time experiences. I can’t thank the creators enough for the story and the people who supported me. I’m absolutely delighted to become involved with this story again and be able to pay back, if not fully but so far a part of, my gratitude to this story. The movie adaptation of One Week Friends is charming and warm enough to attract people like me who already know the story very well. Thank you very much for bringing me back to this lovely story again. Please enjoy the manga, the anime and the live-action movie of One Week Friends.’
Comment from Sora Amamiya
‘One Week Friends has been the most important anime for me, as it’s my first anime where I voice the heroine. Although isolating herself from her classmates due to her memory disorder by which she loses her memories every week, Kaori actually has a lovely and kind personality. I was trying to demonstrate her real personality not in an obvious manner, and explore the struggle and sorrow only she knows, while playing the role. I’m really happy to be involved with the story again after the anime’s completion a couple of years ago. It’s nice to know that the staff of the movie value the anime highly. The actors in the movie make the story realistic compared to the anime, in which the characters are fantastically cute. Whether it’s the original manga, the anime, or the movie, each version of One Week Friends has its own appeal! Please try them all!’
Live-action movie One Week Friends premieres in Japan on February 18, 2017
Director: Shosuke Murakami
Screenplay: Yoko Izumisawa
Original Work: Matcha Hazuki ‘One Week Friends’ (Gan Gan Comics Joker/Square Enix)
Cast: Haruna Kawaguchi, Kento Yamazaki, Takashi Matsuo, Shuhei Uesugi, Kaori Takahashi, Seika Furuhata, Sayuri Kokusyo, Masahiro Koumoto, Shigeyuki Totsugi, Sairi Ito, Keisuke Okada (Masuda Okada), Ryo Iwase, etc.
Distribution: Shochiku Co., Ltd.
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