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Live-Action ReLIFE Manga Casts Mahiro Takasugi as Kazuomi Ōga

The official website for the live-action film of Yayoiso’s ReLIFE manga announced on Wednesday that Mahiro Takasugi (live-action P to JK) will play Kazuomi Ōga, honors student and a classmate of the protagonist Kaizaki.

Takasugi will join Taishi Nakagawa (live-action Kyō no Kira-kun, Prison School), who will star as the protagonist Arata Kaizaki, and Yūna Taira (live-action Aozora Yell, Ankoku Joshi), who will play Chizuru Hishiro. Takeshi Furusawa (live-action Another, Clover) is directing the film.

The film is slated to debut in Japanese theaters on April 15, 2017. The film will have an original ending.

Yayoiso began her manga on the Comico free manga app in 2013, and it was green-lit for physical publication in 2014. Taibundo released the manga’s sixth compiled volume on August 12, and Crunchyroll is releasing the manga in English digitally.

The manga inspired an anime adaptation this year. All the episodes debuted at once on the Comico app before airing on television, and Crunchyroll streamed all 13 episodes at once in July. Kensho Ono starred in the anime as Arata Kaizaki and will reprise his role in a stage play adaptation this fall.

The manga’s story revolves around Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed, single 27-year-old who has just been cut off from his parents’ financial support. Unable to find a job due to his leaving his previous employer within three months, he is stuck. One night after drinking with a high school friend, Arata meets Ryō Yoake, a man who offers Arata pills to turn him back into a 17-year old so he can redo his life. After agreeing to the experiment, Arata joins a high school class, and meets Chizuru Hishiro, a socially awkward silent beauty who yearns to have friends. Through connecting with her and other classmates, Arata must find what he lacks to live a happy life in the real world within a one-year time limit.

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