Amazon and Toei announced on Wednesday that they will collaborate on a live-action film and television series adaptation of Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari’s Oshi no Ko manga. Toei will premiere the film in cinemas, while the television series will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video globally in “winter 2024.” The team also published a snapshot of the actors in costume.
The cast includes a star-studded line-up of former idols and seasoned artists like:
- Nagisa Saito – a former =LOVE Idol group member as Ruby
- Asuka Saito – former Nogizaka46 Idol Group member as Ai
- Kaito Sakurai (Blue Spring Ride Live Action) – as Aqua
- Nanoka Hara as Arima Kana
- Mizuku Kayashima as Kurokawa Akane
- Ano as Memcho-chan
The television anime adaptation of Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari’s Oshi no Ko manga debuted in Japan on April 12 with a 90-minute first episode. HIDIVE streamed the anime as it aired in Japan and is now streaming an English version. According to the firm, the anime is the “#1 series launch in the streamer’s history.” The second season will premiere this year.
Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish) debuted the manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine in April 2020. Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service will make the manga available in English digitally. The manga has almost 15 million copies in print.
The manga is licensed by Yen Press, which summarizes the narrative as follows:
Gorou is a gynecologist and idol fan who’s in shock after his favorite star, Ai, announces an impromptu hiatus. Little does Gorou realize that he’s about to forge a bond with her that defies all common sense! Lies are an idol’s greatest weapon in this outrageous manga from Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Mengo Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish).
Are you excited for a brand new Oshi no Ko era, because we are! Stay tuned for more updates regarding this news in a couple of months!