"Video Girl Ai" Gets Live-Action TV Drama Sequel in January 2018
Following the previously reported I”s, Denei Shoujo/Video Girl Ai, another popular manga series created by Masakazu Katsura, is also confirmed to get a live-action TV drama treatment in January 2018. Under the title “Denei Shoujo ~VIDEO GIRL AI 2018~,” it is scheduled to be aired in TV Tokyo’s 30-minute midnight programming block “Saturday Drama 24.”
The sci-fi love story manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in two arcs: the 116-chapter “Video Girl Ai” from 1989 to 1992 and the short-lived 14-chapter “Video Girl Len” in 1992. The series has printed over 14 million copies in total in Japan. The first arc was adapted into a live-action film directed by Ryu Kaneda (Garo series) in 1991, but it was poorly received by the fans and failed at the box office.
“Denei Shoujo ~VIDEO GIRL AI 2018~” will be told as a sequel story to the original manga, featuring the
original protagonist Youta Moteuchi’s nephew Shou. The high school boy character is portrayed by 23-year-
old Shuhei Nomura, who has been playing Taichi Mashima in the Chihayafuri live-action film series.
The story is set in 2018, 25 years after the original manga’s “Video Girl Ai” arc (“Video Girl Len” arc was set
seven years after the first arc). After his parents’ divorce, the new protagonist Shou Moteuchi has lived in
his uncle Youta Moteuchi’s house. He has secretly fell in love with his bishoujo classmate girl Nanami. However,
she has good feelings toward Shou’s best friend Tomoaki, so the future of his romance is seemingly hopeless.
One day, he finds a video tape. When playing it with a VCR coated with dust, a “Video Girl,” who was sealed
25 years ago, pops out through the screen. Then Shou and the video girl “Ai” start a strange joint life for
In the original manga, the name of the video girl character “Ai” was written in hiragana, “あい”. Meanwhile,
that of the “Ai” in the new drama series is written in katakana, “アイ.”
The drama series is directed by Kazuaki Seki, who is known for his music video works for Perfume, on a
screenplay by Kouhei Kiyasu (The Kirishima Thing, Destruction Babies).
— テレビ東京 宣伝部 (@TVTOKYO_PR) 2017年10月31日
Manga bunko edition 1st and 2nd volume covers
Source: TV Tokyo
© “Denei Shoujo ~VIDEO GIRL AI 2018~” Production Committee
© Masakazu Katsura/Shueisha