Japanese Ghost Stories Anime ‘Yamishibai’ Inspires Live-Action Show in September

TV Tokyo announced that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of the Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories television anime that will premiere on September 9.
Iguchi Noboru (Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories season 2, The World Yamizukan), Kumagai Yūki (Tokyo Living Dead Idol), and Ōno Daisuke (not related to the voice actor) are among the directors of the Yamishibai (Iki) (Shadow Picture Show (Live)) series, and Iguchi is also one of the writers.

Poster visual for the drama "Yamishibai (live)"
The production will not use regular video footage, but will instead composite still photos of landscape paintings with photos of the cast, in the style of the original anime. The live-action episodes will feature both remakes of popular stories from the anime and its own original stories.

The cast includes idols and actors from “2.5D stage plays,” including Aizawa Risa, Ichinose Ryū, Kaname Rin, Naoya Kitagawa, Yūki Kimisawa, Hisanori Satō, Hiroki Sana, Atsushi Shiramata, Taishi Sugie, Ryō Sekoguchi, Shungo Takasaki, Toshihiko Tanaka, Yoshiki Tani, Toomi, Akari Nakamura, Shuri Nakamura, Shunsuke Nishikawa, Shōhei Hashimoto, Shōgo Hama, Ui Hinagata, Ryō HiranoTaiga Fukazawa, Karin Matoba, and Yū Miyazawa.

The original Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories series of anime shorts featured six-minute horror stories based on urban legends in a modern-day setting. The shorts draw inspiration from Shōwa-era illustrated paper theater (kamishibai) productions.

The anime’s first season premiered in July 2013, and the seventh and most recent season premiered in July 2019. The project inspired a previous spinoff, The World Yamizukan, in spring 2017. Crunchyroll streamed all seven seasons and The World Yamizukan as they aired. The anime is also inspiring the currently airing Ninja Collection spinoff anime, which similarly stars idols and 2.5D stage play actors, and premiered on July 12. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

Source: Comic Natalie

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