A new live action drama based on the highly acclaimed original anime series ‘Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.’ (in English, Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day abbreviated as ‘Anohana’) was announced by FujiTV today.
‘Anohana’ is well known to many anime fans for its emotional and touching storyline, and was known to have moved many to tears back during its initial airing in April 2011. The series was at its peak during the time; with fans even heading to Chichibu-shi in the Saitama Prefecture as a ‘pilgrimage’ to the town where the story of Anohana tells its tale in.
Even after its broadcast, the massive following of Anohana grew feverishly. The movie edition of Anohana, which aired on 31st August 2013, grossing US$10.2 million making it the 14th highest anime film in Japan in 2013, and trumping Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Wind Rises’ which was airing at the same time in terms of Box Office proceeds per screen*.
And even now in 2015 – with there clearly being no end of the Anohana fever in sight – comes the eventual live-drama adaptation of the series which will be broadcast to FujiTV throughout Japan sometime this year.
Playing the role of each member of the ‘Super Peace Busters’ in the tale of Anohana, will be the talented cast of young actors: Murakami Nijirou, Hamabe Minami, Shison Jun, Matsui Airi, Iitoyo Marie, and Takahata Yuuta.
Considered to be one of the best entertainment works ever made, Anohana’s anime series appealed to viewers across all ages, and with its movie, also moved many viewers to tears. This drama too, aims to live up to the original work’s moving tale to bring about a refreshing perspective of ‘Anohana’.
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*Based on research made by FujiTV