TV Tokyo is cooking up some fun, because Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan ("The Novice Sisters' Meals Together", known in English as Let's have a meal together!), a gourmet manga by Yutaka Hiiragi about a pair of step-sisters bonding over a love of cooking and food, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will debut in October of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
Seiyuu Danshi Desu ga...? ("Even Though I'm a Male Voice Actor...?"), a variety TV program that features male voice actors training, working, and undertaking various physical challenges, is celebrating its 5th anniversary with the announcement of an upcoming theatrical film that will hit Japanese cinemas in 2020. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new trailer has been revealed for Kaiji: Final Game, the third live-action film adaptation based on the manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto about a down-on-his-luck gambler who becomes embroiled in a series of deadly games for the amusement of corrupt elites. Hit the jump to check it out.
Some quick news that's sure to confuse all you retro-game fans out there: after years of radio silence since acquiring the rights back in 2014, it looks like New Line Cinema is moving ahead with a live-action film adaptation of Space Invaders, Taito's iconic alien-zapping arcade game which was originally published back in 1978. Hit the jump to learn more.
Magic: The Gathering Arena, a free-to-play digital version of the genre-defining collectible card game where players take on the role of dueling wizards to summon creatures and lob spells at one another, is now available in Japan, and Wizards of the Coast is ramping up the nostalgia with a live-action advertisement designed to hit adult Magic players right in the feels. Hit the jump to check it out.
Two more cast members have caught rap fever after joining the cast of Rapper ni Kamaretara Rapper ni Naru (localized as "Da rapper bites and becomes a rapper"), an upcoming 2-part live-action TV drama based on the LINE manga by Teikoku Inka about a mysterious virus that turns anyone exposed to it into a free-styling, sick rhyme dropping rapper. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some quick news for all you fans of sports that challenge your forearms and overall upper body strength: Kotera-san climbs! (known as Noboru Kotera-san in Japan), a manga by coffee about a high school girl with a mysterious aura who loves the sport of indoor rock-climbing, is being adapted into a live-action film. Hit the jump to learn more.
Everyone knows that if you're bitten by a rapper, you become a rapper, and now a two-part live-action TV drama inspired by Teikoku Inka's LINE manga Rapper ni Kamaretara Rapper ni Naru Manga (localized as "Da rapper bites and becomes a rapper") is heading to TV Asahi in July to further illustrate this point. Hit the jump to free-style like your life depends on it.
Fans of all things hot and steam (in the literal sense) are in for a treat in July of 2019, because Sadou, a semi-autobiographical manga by Katsuki Tanaka about learning to love the experience of visiting saunas, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will broadcast on TV Tokyo. Hit the jump to learn more.
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games can be a great opportunity for estranged fathers and sons to get to know one another, or at least that's the premise of Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light the Movie, an upcoming live-action film based on the true life events that also inspired a 2017 TV drama adaptation. Hit the jump to learn more.
Although they are probably best known among anime fans for their musical stylings for the FLCL series, the Japanese rock band known as The Pillows have been touring since 1989, and to celebrate their 30th anniversary, the group is trying their hand at another cinematic medium: dramatic, live-action theatrical film. Hit the jump to learn more.
Gisou Furin ("Masquerade Adultery"), a romance manga by Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Girls) about a young woman who lies about her martial status in order to engage in a romantic fling, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will broadcast on Nippon TV beginning in July of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.
Afro Tanaka, a long-running seinen gag manga series by Masaharu Noritsuke about a young man with righteous afro hairstyle, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will broadcast in Japan on WOWOW beginning in July of 2019. Hit the jump to learn more.