The official website for the upcoming two-part all-new anime feature film based on Waki Yamato's popular shoujo manga in the mid-1970s, Haikara-san ga Tooru (Here Comes Miss Modern), today confirmed that its first part "Benio, Hana no Jyunanasai" (Benio, Radiant 17 Years Old) is set for a release in Japan on November 11, 2017, then its second part "Tokyo Dai Roman" (Big Romance in Tokyo) will follow sometime in 2018. The second part will cover till the last chapter of the original manga series, which was not told in the 42-episode TV anime series in 1978-1979.
The main production staff members are also revealed. 56-year-old Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who recently worked on Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, is attached to direct the first part and to write the screenplay for both parts. Mitsuko Kase, best known for her directorial works for Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory and Young Black Jack, serves as the director for the second part. Terumi Nishii (Penguindrum, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) designs the anime characters and
Michiru Oshima (Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Fullmetal Alchemist) provides soundtrack music.
Nippon Animation (Chibi Maruko-chan) works on anime production .
The protagonist Benio Hanamura is set to be voiced by 25-year-old Saori Hayami, best known as Ayase
Aragaki in Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai and Ha-chan/Kotoha Hanami/Cure Felice in Maho
Girls PreCure!. And Benio's fiancé Shinobu Ijuin is played by 33-year-old Mamoru Miyano, one of the most
popular anime voice actors today, well known for his portrayals as Light Yagami in Death Note, Setsuna F.
Seiei in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and Tokiya Ichinose in Uta no Prince-sama.
The love comedy series set during the Taisho era (1912-1926) was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shoujo
Friend from 1975 to 1977, then compiled in eight tankobon volumes. It won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award's
Shoujo Manga Award in 1977. A 42-episode TV anime adaptation was produced by Nippon Animation in
1978-1979, then a live-action film adaptation starring Yoko Minamino (Sukeban Deka II) and Hiroshi Abe
(his actor debut film) was released in 1987, three live-action TV drama adaptations were aired in 1979,
1985, and 2002.
Manga tankobon new edition 1st and 8th volume
© Waki Yamato, Kodansha/Movie "Haikara-san ga Tooru" Production Committee
© Waki Yamato/Kodansha