According to Cinema Today, 22-year-old actor Kanata Hongo will be getting his first lead TV drama role in a new series called Real Onigokko: THE ORIGIN, playing the protagonist Tsubasa Sato. The series is based on Yusuke Yamada's 2001 novel Real Onigokko (aka The Chasing World), which was hugely popular among teens.
The novel has already spawned a slew of adaptations, including manga, anime, and a series of films. According to Hongo, the drama will be the most faithful adaptation of the original work to date.
Onigokko is a Japanese version of the children's game "tag" in which one player is designated "oni" (demon) and must try to catch the other players.
Real Onigokko is set in the near future, when people with the surname "Sato" are chased down and killed if they're caught. The drama will stick to this basic premise with a clear and concise series of plot developments.
Fumika Shimizu, known best for playing Yuki Jojima in Kamen Rider OOO and Kamen Rider Fourze, will play Sato's little sister Ai. Ryusei Yokohama (Joker Game) will play his best friend Hiroshi Sato.
Filming of "Real Onigokko: THE ORIGIN" began in early February. It will air every Tuesday on Teletama, Chiba TV, and tvk beginning on April 9.