Kodoani.com – TV Tokyo announced today that a live-action television series adaptation of the teen manga series Ciguatera by Minoru Furuya will premiere on the midnight program “Drama 24” on April 7, 2023.
Kotaro Daigo, who voiced Hodaka Morishima in Makoto Shinkai’s 2019 Weathering with You anime series, has been cast as the 17-year-old protagonist Yusuke Ogino, along with Nagisa Sekimizu as the female lead Yumi Nagumo.
After starring in stage plays, animated films, and live-action films, Daigo finally landed his first leading role in a live-action television series. He previously played the main character Sakamichi Onoda in the stage plays Yowamushi Pedal (2017-2018), Shoyo Hinata in the stage play Haikyu!! (2029-2020) and Haku in the stage play Spirited Away (2022). In 2019, he was selected from an audition of 2,000 participants as Hotaka Morishima in Weathering With You, where he received the New Actor Award at the 5th Voice Actor Awards. 14.
“I was so excited to finally be starring in a series!” Daigo said. “When I read the original manga and the script, I was at times confused by Ogino’s character, who is very different from my usual self, but since there are so many different aspects to myself, the role This show is an opportunity for me. to further develop as an actor, and I’m eager and very positive to take on the challenge!”
Yusuke Ogino: Kotaro Daigo
Yumi Nagumo: Nagisa Sekimizu
Cover of the first Japanese volume:
Furuya’s original manga was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine from 2003 to 2005, then compiled into six volumes, printing over two million copies in Japan.
This coming-of-age story by contemporary master Minoru Furuya focuses on seventeen-year-old Yusuke Ogino, a self-described loser, his only refuge from the hell of bullying he experienced. Going through school is the dream of being free on a motorcycle. But the sudden appearance of a beautiful young woman in his life threatens to turn his world upside down, forcing him to reevaluate his relationships and even his sense of self. Instantly relatable and heartbreakingly real, Furuya’s manga blends dark humor with the pitiful and awkward realities of everyday life to create a quintessential youth story. . Meticulous but uncompromising art moves from utter realism to amusing caricature.