TBS announced earlier today that, in addition to the YAB remake, it will also be gearing up to release a live-action adaptation of Hatori Bisco’s manga, Ouran High School Host Club. The manga was already made into an 26-episode anime back in 2006, and due to its popularity, was also later dubbed in English and released to the U.S audience by Funimation in 2008. The drama is tentatively set to be released sometime during July later this year.
Here’s the official cast roundup:
Yamamoto Yusuke will be playing the Host Club President, Tamaki Suou.
Kawaguchi Haruna as the crossdressing Haruhi Fujioka
Daito Shunsuke as Kyoya Ootori, the Vice President aka “Shadow King” of the Host Club.
Takagi Shinpei and Takagi Manpei as the mischievious Hitachiin Twins, Hikaru and Kaoru
Nakamura Masaya as Takashi Morinozuka aka “Mori senpai”
Chiba Yudai as the adorable Mitsukuni Haninozuka aka “Honey”
Here’s my reaction:
I think I’m going to cry. I suppose I should see this situation as a glass half-full rather than half-empty. I’m just not terribly fond of anime or mangas being adapted for a drama, especially not a series like Ouran. Granted, I know that many mangas and anime series have been adapted into live-action shoots, and quite successfully, too. I, however, don’t think it’s possible to recreate a world like Ouran. For one, it’s impossible to recreate wild imaginations and random reveries that made Ouran so memorable and unique. The other is that these characters are so OTT crazy, one will probably need to take a bazillion happy pills in order to act them out well.
This isn’t to say that I’m against the making of this adaptation. Oh no, I applaud their efforts to spread the Ouran love (the more the merrier!). It’s just that I have this ominous gut feeling that it will deviate from the original series itself, which is not something I’d like to see happen to one of my favorite manga and anime series.
I’m also unfamiliar with the entire cast, so I have no idea if this will turn out well. Anyone know more about these actors besides what dramawiki can tell me? I guess this is another reason for me to start watching more Japanese dramas in the future, so I can actually somehow formulate my own expectations and predict how well this drama will turn out, prior to its airing.
In the meantime, I will be crossing my fingers for a favorable outcome that surpasses my current expectations.
Sources: tokyohive and jpopasia