Actress Rena Nounen has been cast to play the lead in the movie adaptation of the popular manga Kuragehime (scheduled for a December 2014 release). She plays the role of an otaku who loves jellyfish. Starring alongside her are Masaki Suda, playing the role of a good-looking young man whose hobby is cross-dressing, and Hiroki Hasegawa, who plays the role of the virgin ikemen elite who has a fear of women. Nounen comments on the upcoming otaku role and says: "I'm currently thinking hard how I should be playing this role in order to make the viewers enjoy the movie".
The manga of the same name started publication in 2008 and has circulated over 2.7M copies to date (Vol. 1~13). The manga won 3rd place in the 2011 "Kono manga wa sugoi!" female division awards and was also adapted into anime in 2010 (Fuji).
The story revolves around a group of otaku women who call themselves the "Amars"--- terrified of men, who live in an apartment called Amamizukan, where men are off limits. When the main character gets in trouble with a tropical fish shop one day, she is suddenly saved by a fashionable girl. This fashionable girl would start going to the apartment, but it turns out that this girl is actually a cross-dressed boy, as the story starts focusing on the development of their peculiar friendship.
The other wotas residing in the apartment will be played by Chizuru Ikewaki (Train-wota), Rina Ohta (Romance of the 3 kingdoms-wota), Tomoe Shinohara (Kare-sen; or wota of mature, old men) and Azusa Babazono (Japanese clothes-wota).
Taisuke Kawamura (Himitsu no Akko-chan, Nodame Cantabile the Final Score Part 2) will be calling the shots, as filming is scheduled to begin in May.
The anime was good. The ending song was good too.
The cast is looking good
Oh wow, looks perfect.
Wasn't this in some sort of fantasy thread before? Looks like it has become a reality w
Oh, they're doing Kuragehime! This one looks like it'll be good.
So Masaki Suda will be doing this?
Rena Nounen - Well done casting her!
Masaki Suda - Will he look good in girls' clothing......
Hiroki Hasegawa - Perfect
Chizuru Ikewaki - Well done casting her!
Rina Ohta - There's something off...
Tomoe Shinohara - Not bad, but why?
Azusa Babazono - LOL, that's exactly her
The manga and anime were really good.
I think everyone in the cast suits the original image well.
It's been a while since we had no complaints of the casting
>> Damn, that's some pretty hardcore getting into the character stuff like De Niro, huh?
>> Amazing, this is what you call a top-notch actress
>> It's been a while since I saw Chizuru Ikewaki but... Eh--------?
People saying that the cast is perfect probably haven't seen the manga nor the anime.
Go complain and say something about Suda, he'll be doing this, you know.
>> It's not too late until we see him actually dressed like a girl.
He does have a face that looks like it'll look good with makeup on.
>> He's already cross-dressed before
>> That brings back memories! He really looked pretty in girls' clothing during this time.
>> Won't anyone actually be able to play the part if the girl looks as flashy as this?
Suda's got a girly face.
He's got thick brows and is bald and currently looks like a potato, though.
I watched the anime and enjoyed it.
I think the casting is looking good, but I think it will all depend on how good the cross-dressing will look in live action.
The casting is much better than expected.
I'm so looking forward to this.
Nounen also played the role of an otaku girl in the recently concluded Yo ni mo kimyou na,
and it was good since she fit the part.
Everyone other than the guy for Kuranosuke are good choices.
The Kuranosuke actor is so ugly, cross-dressing isn't even the problem here.
And I think a drama would've been better than a movie.
> The other wotas residing in the apartment will be played by Chizuru Ikewaki (Train-wota), Rina Ohta (Romance of the 3 kingdoms-wota), Tomoe Shinohara (Kare-sen; or wota of mature, old men), and Azusa Babazono (Japanese clothes-wota).
Was there a train-wota?
The girl with bushy hair isn't a train-wota, right?
>> Banba-san's a train-wota, you know
Kuragehime was good so I'm honestly looking forward to this.
So it'll be shown over the new year, huh.
The anime was good, but I'm worried about this.
One wrong move and the movie will just look pathetic.
Perfect casting, and even the supporting cast seem like they fit the image of the original as well.
Kuragehime was so good, it could've even been adapted into a drama.
Akiko's overjoyed w
* Author: Akiko Higashimura
This manga which I thought was impossible to be a adapted into live action will be made into a movie with the best cast possible!
I'm pleasantly surprised!!
Me, my son Gocchan, and all my assistants are all huge fans of Nounen-san!
When we heard that Nounen-san was cast to play Tsukimi-san, all of us abandoned our deadlines and went for a toast at a bar!!
I want to gather helpless otaku women and have an Amars viewing party, or together with men who are cross-dressed w
Nounen-san, who gave joy and hope to Japan in 2013, will once again cheer Japan up this year, and I'm gonna go ahead and say that this movie will definitely do that!! This here now is the fusion between the Japanese otaku culture and the kawaii culture!!!!
>> Ahh, looks like this is the pattern where it'll flop bigtime
And yet they will be raping another original manga.
Well, Nounen's good here, but I definitely can't see male-faced Masaki Suda as the pretty-boy, cross-dressing Kuranosuke.
Masaki Suda cross-dressing.
I think they can manage.
Every single character is really individualistic and interesting here in Kuragehime.
They can even have a serial drama version of this.
Taiyou Sugiura may be older, but no one can cross dress like him
>> I would have liked that person from AAA (I don't know his name) to play the role of Kuranosuke if he were a bit younger
>> Nishijima of Ai no mukidashi?
>> Ahhh, that guy's pretty too.
Sometimes you'd think if you want to prioritize how they look cross-dressed or their acting skills.
>> Kanata Hongo should've been cast.
I thought that Hongo would've been the only person who could pull off a woman, body structure and all w
Looks like the cast suits the manga characters for a change