New “Love Me, Love Me Not” Anime Film Releases After A Brief Delay

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The official website for Io Sakisaka’s Love Me, Love Me Not movie (which is adapted from the manga of the same name) has just announced that the anime will open in Japan on September 18th later this year. The film was originally intended for release on May 29th, but both TOHO and the film’s production committee delayed the film’s opening due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A separate, live-action film adaptation will open on August 14th.

The anime’s cast will include:

  • Marika Suzuki (debut theatrical anime role) as Yuna Ichihara
  • Megumi Han as Akari Yamamoto
  • Sōma Saitō as Kazuomi Inui
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki as Rio Yamamoto
A brief glimpse at the anime.

Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (from “The Great Passage“, “Say, ‘I Love You’“, and “Shōnen Hollywood – Holly Stage for 49“) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures. Erika Yoshida is in charge of writing the script. Yuu Yamashita (from Bunny Drop) is designing the characters. Yuuji Nomi (who also worked on “Say, ‘I Love You’“) is composing the music.

As for the live-action film, it’ll star Minami Hamabe as Akari Yamamoto, Takumi Kitamura as Rio Yamamoto, Riko Fukumoto as Yuna Ichihara, and Eiji Akaso as Kazuomi Inui. Takahiro Miki is directing the film, and Miki and Yōko Yonaiyama are writing the script.

Details on the live-action film’s characters and the actors they’re played by.

Viz Media published the first manga volume on March 3. The company describes the manga:

Love Me, Love Me Not (manga) - Wikipedia
Volume 1 of the manga.

Fast friends Yuna and Akari are complete opposites—Yuna is an idealist, while Akari is a realist. When lady-killer Rio and the oblivious Kazuomi join their ranks, love and friendship become quite complicated!

– Viz Media

Sakisaka originally launched the manga in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret during June of 2015, and ended it in May 2019. Shueisha published the manga’s 12th and final compiled book volume in June 2019.

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