While Japan’s attention has shifted to big name shounen live-action adaptions (Gintama, Fullmetal Alchemist, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure are just a few of the series getting movies in the near future), the shoujo train is still chugging right along and next up is the first love series Hirunaka no Ryuusei (Daytime Shooting Star).
I’m kind of surprised it took this long for Hirunaka no Ryuusei to get an adaptation since fans have been clamoring about one for a while. Based on the manga by Yamamori Mika, Hirunaka no Ryuusei follows high school student Yosano Suzume (Nagano Mei), who moves to Tokyo to live with her uncle after her parents take a job out of the country. Having grown up in a small town, Suzume feels a little out of place in Tokyo as she’s always done things at her own pace, but her homeroom teacher, Shishio Satsuki (Miura Shohei), tries to help her fit in. She begins to fall for Shishio, unaware that her classmate Mamura Daiki (Shirahama Alan), is also growing feelings for her.
The two new trailers clearly want you to pick a side as the first focuses on Shishio and the second on Mamura. C’mon they’re practically throwing themselves at her, how’s a girl supposed to choose?
I do wish we got to see a bit more personality from Suzume, who mostly just comes off as the indecisive girl stuck between two guys in the trailers. Suzume was such an endearing, off-beat heroine in the manga and I know how charming Nagano can be after watching Koe Koi, so I’m hoping they haven’t watered her down here. I have no complaints about Miura, who literally looks like Shishio brought to life, but I was a little bitter about the fact that Sakaguchi Kentaro wasn’t cast as Mamura (Yamamori modeled the character after him). I haven’t seen Shirahama in anything, but he seems decent enough as the stand-offish Mamura so far.
Naoko Adachi is penning the script and she’s a little uneven; on the one hand, she wrote the hit Rich Man, Poor Woman, but she also wrote the frustrating Shitsuren Chocolatier and Taisetsuna no Koto wa Subete Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta. I have a bit more faith in director Takehiko Shinjo, who worked on the lovely Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru and Boku no Hatsukoi wa Kimi ni Sasagu so maybe this will work out?
Hirunaka no Ryuusei opens in theaters next Friday.