Hiro Arikawa's popular action novel series Library War (Toshokan Sensō) is inspiring a live-action film adaptation with V6 idol group member Junichi Okada (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill) and Nana Eikura (Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru) in the lead roles. Okada will play the protagonist Atsushi Dōjō, and Eikura will play the heroine Iku Kasahara. Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, The Princess Blade, Sand Chronicles) is directing.
The story is set in a about a future version of Japan. A law threatens to clamp down on freedom of expression in 2019, and Iku joins the Library Defense Force, a military unit dedicated to protecting books from being confiscated. However, she finds that the job of her childhood dreams is harder than she bargained for, especially with her hard-nosed instructor Atsushi.
The novel series' six volumes have over 2.8 million copies in print. They already inspired two manga series (one in the shōjo magazine LaLa, and another in the male-oriented Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh), a television anime series, and this year's anime film Toshokan Sensō: Kakumei no Tsubasa (Library War: The Wings of Revolution).
Not coincidentally, when the literary magazine Da Vinci held a poll of who readers want in a live-action Library War cast, Okada and Eikura topped the results. Arikawa herself had these two in mind as the ideal cast during the plannings stages.
The live-action film will open throughout Japan during next spring's Golden Week holidays.
Sources: animenewsnetwork | eiga
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