ERASED Manga Inspires Live-Action Netflix Series in 190 Countries
The streaming service Netflix announced on Monday that it is producing a Japanese live-action series adaptation of Kei Sanbe‘s Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) manga. The series will debut in 190 countries later this year in winter.
The cast includes:
Top row, left to right:
- Reo Uchikawa as Satoru Fujinuma (child)
- Mio Yūki (Death Note, Assassination Classroom, As the Gods Will) as Airi Katagiri
- Rinka Kakihara as Kayo Hinazuki (child)
Center row, left to right:
- Shigeyuki Totsugi as Gaku Yashiro
- Yūki Furukawa (Itazura na Kiss, Laughing Under the Clouds, Lychee Light Club) as Satoru Fujinuma (adult)
- Tomoka Kurotani as Sachiko Fujinuma
Bottom row, left to right:
- Noriko Eguchi as Akemi Hinazuki
- Jin Shirasu (Happy Marriage!?) as Kenya Kobayashi (adult)
- Hidekazu Mishima as Sawada
Ten Shimoyama (live-action SHINOBI – Heart Under Blade) is directing the series, with scripts by Tomomi Ōkubo. The Kansai TV/Cocoon production is filming in 4K resolution in Hokkaido’s Tomakomai City, the real-life locale depicted in the original manga. Furukawa happens to be 29 years old in real life, just like the adult Satoru Fujinuma.
The original manga’s story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a 29-year old struggling manga artist who possesses a strange power: a largely uncontrolled ability to turn back time before a life-threatening accident occurs around him. When his mother notices a serial kidnapper in action, and is later murdered for it, Satoru unwillingly turns back time to arrive 18 years in the past in his elementary school days, some time before an incident that has haunted him his whole life: the disappearance and murder of his classmate Kayo Hinazuki.
Sanbe began the original manga in Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine in 2012, and ended it in March 2016. Kadokawa published the manga’s eighth and final compiled book volume last May. The manga was nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize ‘Reader Award’ in 2014 and last year’s Manga Taisho Awards. Yen Press is publishing the manga in North America, and released the first omnibus volume on February 21.
Sanbe launched a spinoff manga titled Boku dake ga Inai Machi Re in Young Ace last June, and ended it in November.
An anime adaptation of the manga titled ERASED in English premiered in January 2016. Aniplex of America licensed the series, and Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Funimation streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The manga also inspired a live-action film that opened in Japan in March 2016.
Source: Comic Natalie