This year's 27th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that an anime film adaptation of Waki Yamato's Haikara-san ga Tooru manga has been green-lit and slated for release in 2017. The announcement revealed a teaser visual for the anime (seen right). The project has opened an official website and Twitter account. The tagline on the website reads, "Falling in love is mightier than a sword."
The manga is set in Tokyo in the Taishō era (1912-1926). The story follows Benio "Haikara-san" Hanamura, who lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy -- contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and is not as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman's right to a career and to marry for love.
Haikara-san's best friends are the beautiful Tamaki, who is much more feminine than Haikara-san but equally interested in women's rights, and Ranmaru, a young man who was raised to play female roles in the kabuki theater and as a result has acquired very effeminate mannerisms. Haikara-san's betrothed is Shinobu Ijūin, a second lieutenant in the army.
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