Tsubasa Yamaguchi’s Blue Period Manga Gets Live-Action Film on August 9 – News


Warner Bros. Japan revealed on Tuesday that Tsubasa Yamaguchi‘s Blue Period manga will get a live-action film adaptation that will premiere on August 9, and started streaming a teaser trailer for the film.


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Image via Blue Period live-action film’s X/Twitter account

The film stars (image above from left to right):

Kentarō Hagiwara (live-action Tokyo Ghoul) is directing the film, Reiko Yoshida (Blue Period anime) is writing the script, and Yūki “Yaffle” Kojima is composing the music.

Yamaguchi launched the manga in Kodansha‘s Afternoon magazine in June 2017. Kodansha published the manga’s 15th compiled book volume on November 22. The manga went on hiatus in November, and is slated to return this spring.

Kodansha USA Publishing is publishing the manga in English, and released the 14th volume on March 26. The company describes the story:

Yatora is the perfect high school student, with good grades and lots of friends. It’s an effortless performance, and, ultimately … a dull one. But he wanders into the art room one day, and a lone painting captures his eye, awakening him to a kind of beauty he never knew. Compelled and consumed, he dives in headfirst—and he’s about to learn how savage and unforgiving art can be!

The manga won the 13th Manga Taisho awards in 2020, and was nominated for the awards the previous year. The series was also nominated for the 24th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in February 2020, and also ranked at #14 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! male readers list in December 2019, and ranked #15 on the same list in December 2020. The manga also won the Best General Manga award in the 44th annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2020.

The series inspired a television anime adaptation in 2021. The anime debuted on Netflix in Japan in September of that year, and then later on Japanese television in October. Netflix began streaming the anime outside of Japan in October 2021, with weekly new episodes.

The series received a stage play adaptation in March 2022.

Sources: Blue Period live-action film’s website, Comic Natalie