Nearly a year after its TV drama adaptation finished airing in Japan, Yumi Tamura’s Do Not Say Mystery manga is set to return in the fall of 2023 with a new live-action film. The news was revealed Monday, Nov 21, by television network Fuji TV. Masaki Suda will return as the protagonist Totonou Kunou, along with other cast and key staff members in the previous TV series.
Written and illustrated by Japanese manga artist Yumi Tamura, Do Not Say Mystery is an award-winning manga that centers on the life of a perceptive college student named Kunou Totonou. The story started as a one-shot published in Shogakukan’s Monthly Flowers magazine in 2016. Shortly after, Tamura launched a full serialization of the manga in the same magazine.
Seven Seas Entertainment, publisher of the manga in English, describes the story as follows:
Totonou is a young man who stands out–partly for his bushy hair, partly for his finely honed abilities of observation and deduction. When Totonou is accused of murder, he puts his skills to work delving into the lives of the cops investigating him and uses his insights to find the real murderer. After clearing his name, all Totonou wants to do is return to his laidback, mundane life, but he can’t help but be drawn into one mystery after another. In his own blunt but gentle way, Totonou is just trying to make sense of a chaotic world.
The series had a total of 11 tankobon volumes and was awarded in the 44th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards in 2020.
The manga inspired a live-action series, which premiered on Fuji TV in January 2022.
Commenting on the news of the upcoming film, Masaki Suda, the main lead, shared his excitement to the fans.
“‘Do Not Say Mystery’ is going to be a film. So, while I am excited to see what curry is next, I am nervous that this will be the start of that battle again. I’ll see what we we could and couldn’t do in the TV drama, and will do my best to convey what Totonou-kun said and Tamura-sensei’s thoughts correctly. Please look forward to it,” he said.
Along with Suda, other key staff that will be returning include Hiroaki Matsuyama as the Director, Tomoko Aizawa as the Scriptwriter, and Ken Arai as the music composer.
More details about the film are expected to be revealed soon.