Tao Tsuchiya and Masaki Suda will be playing the lead roles in My Little Monster (known as Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun in Japan), an upcoming live-action film based on the romantic comedy manga by Robico that chronicles the volatile relationship of an unlikely pair of teenagers.
Tao Tsuchiya will play Shizuku Mizutani, an overachieving high school student with reputation for being cold, while Masaki Suda will play Haru Yoshida, a brilliant but troubled high school student whose behavior can be unpredictable and disruptive. The two embark on a whirlwind courtship after a chance occurance throws them together.
The original My Little Monster manga was serialized in Kodansha’s Dessert shōjo manga from 2008 – 2013. An English language version of the manga is also published by Kodansha, who describe the story as follows:
“Mizutani is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. Haru is an impulsive short tempered brute, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence. Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an act of friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!”
My Little Monster was also adapted into a 2012 TV anime with direction by Hiro Kaburaki and animation by Brain’s Base. The My Little Monster live action film is directed by Sho Tsukikawa. The film will hit theaters in Japan in 2018.
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