I loved Nisekoi and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Yes, it took awhile for me to warm up to it due to some ridiculous storytelling but once I learned to turn off my brain and just enjoy the series for what it is (a never-ending harem comedy series), I really got into it.
So you’ll understand me being a bit excited to finally be able to jump into the news that has been trickling out all week: the cast for the live-action adaptation which is set to hit Japanese theaters on December 21st, 2018.
As it stands right now, the cast for this series reads as (character names first):
Raku Ichijo – Kento Nakajima (member of the idol group Sexy Zone)
Chitoge Kirisaki – Ayami Nakajo (Anonymous Noise)
Kosaki Onodera – Natsumi Ikema (a rookie who’s most notable credit is a recent McDonalds commercial)
And introducing the latest actors to be cast in this movie:
Marika Tachibana – Haruka Shimazaki (former member of idol group AKB48)
Claude – DAIGO (singer for the band BREAKERZ)
The movie is based off a shonen manga series created by Naoshi Komi which Viz Media licensed in the US. The series ran in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan from November 2011 to August 2016 which meant that it lasted for a full 25 volumes. Viz Media describes the story as:
It’s hate at first sight… rather, a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival’s daughter – who just so happens to be Chitoge!
However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, but he can’t even remember her name or face!
The series eventually inspired an anime series (which, as I mentioned, I really enjoyed particularly due to the use of SHAFT visuals) which aired during the winter 2014 season. The anime adaptation was one of the last series to feature the team of Akiyuki Shinbo as director and animation produced by studio SHAFT.
I do have to admit that the use of idols rather than actors has me a little worried that this is going to be another failed live-action anime adaptation project out of Japan (let’s face it, they don’t have the best track record with things like this) but I’m willing to give it a shot simply because I really enjoyed the original property that it’s based on.
Via Anime Herald
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.