Eita, Matsuda Ryuhei to get sequel series, “Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken”

The movie “Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken” is getting a sequel, this time in the form of a television drama series. Eita (29) and Matsuda Ryuhei (28) will return in their starring roles.

The movie, which opened in Japan in April 2011, was based on a Naoki Prize-winning novel by Miura Shion. The story revolves around two former classmates who end up working together as “benriya” (someone available for hire for odd jobs), building a friendship as they take on various jobs together.

The drama series is titled “Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi” and will be broadcast on TV Tokyo. Omori Tatsushi directed the movie, but the drama series will be handled by One Hitoshi (“Moteki”). Shooting is scheduled to start in April, but TV Tokyo will not air the series until sometime next year.

Hirakawa Tetsuhiro’s “Clover” manga to be TV show

Hirakawa Tetsuhiro’s manga “Clover” is going to be adapted as a live-action drama series this spring. The lead cast and other details are expected to be announced in the middle of this month.

“Clover” has been serialized in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shonen Champion magazine since 2007. The 25th tankoubon volume will be released on February 8, and so far the series has sold more than 4.5 million copies.

The story follows the daily lives of three male high school delinquents. Hayato, who is strong in fighting, returns to his hometown for the first time since elementary school and enters high school. There, he revives his childhood friendship with motorcycle-loving Tomoki and clumsy Kenji. The three occasionally fight and get into trouble, but their friendship helps them overcome various obstacles.

TV Tokyo plans to begin broadcasting the drama series in April.

Fukuda Saki, Goriki Ayame to star in “IS” manga drama series

Rokuhana Chiyo’s award-winning manga “IS ~Otoko Demo Onna Demo Nai Sei~” is being turned into a live-action series on TV Tokyo, co-starring actresses Fukuda Saki (20) and Goriki Ayame (18). This will be Goriki’s first lead role in a drama series.

“IS” stands for “intersexual,” a term referring to people who cannot clearly be classified as male or female, and who may biologically possess characteristics of both sexes. Rokuhana’s manga primarily deals with the troubles faced by the young Hoshino Haru (played by Fukuda), an intersexual who was registered as a girl at birth but has been raised as a boy.

Goriki plays Aihara Miwako, a mysterious classmate who tries to get close to Haru. Inoue Masahiro has been cast as Ibuki Kenji, a member of the soccer club whom Haru begins having feelings for. Nishida Naomi and Minami Kaho play Miwako’s and Haru’s mothers, respectively.

TV Tokyo has scheduled “IS” for a Monday 10:00pm time slot this summer, beginning in July.