Two-part film is written/directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn)
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 announced its two main voice cast, director, and the title for its first part, "Benio, Hana no Junana-sai" (Benio, Radiant 17 Years Old).
The protagonist Benio Hanamura is 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 the ongoing 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.
56-year-old Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who recently worked on Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, is attached to
write and direct. This is the first time for him to direct a feature film in his over 35 years career. Both
the first and second part is scheduled to be released in 2017.
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