Many people are interested in various manga and anime from Japan and when a certain title becomes a hit for multiple reasons, it is likely to become a live action movie for any avid fan to look forward to.
If you’re a huge fan of the Chihayafuru manga and anime series, then you’re in luck! A live action movie is set to come out soon and the casts have been announced as well. So who will be playing out the characters? Read on further to find out!
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If you’re not familiar with Chihayafuru, it’s a popular manga by Japanese manga artist Yuki Suetsugu that follows the schoolgirl Chihaya, who competes in the Japanese card game, Karuta. The manga has won awards for its popularity and has even had two seasons of anime with 25 episodes per season.
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The live action movie will consist of two films. The Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku, which will be released on March 19th and Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku, on April 29th. The two parts refer to two halves of a poem which is key in the game of Karuta.
Actress Suzu Hirose will be playing the lead female role of Chihaya Ayase. Suzu Hirose is the younger sister of Alice Hirose and has played in a number of drama roles. The actress often sports a short hair but has gone for long hair, using extensions to fit the character Chihaya in the upcoming movie and from the promotional images, the new look surely suits her.
Other casts for the movie includes Shuhei Nomura as Chihaya’s childhood friend Taichi Mashima and Mackenyu as Arata Wataya, another childhood friend of Chihaya who lead her to the game of Karuta.
Sounds interesting? Well, it is! Not only will you learn the story and characters of the manga, you’ll also get a glimpse of the Japanese game Karuta. Whether or not you’re a fan, the film is definitely something to check out when it is released in spring!