2017 Live-Action Adaptations from Shoujo and Josei Manga – UPDATED

I thought it would be helpful to have a cheat sheet of sorts. There have been a lot of announcements of manga being made into movies or drama series recently. Here’s a list of everything we can find that has recently premiered or will premiere this year.

Dansui! – TV Series & Stage play

Manga by Tatsuya Kiuchi. English Translation: Dive!


The story centers on a certain school swim team that is on the verge of being disbanded. The team only has three members: Shūhei, the team captain who looks after the others; Daiki, who is silent, taciturn, and has a great body; and Harumi, a handsome, effeminate man. The three second-year students are looking for more members to last the school year, and the members that end up joining include a complete beginner and someone who can barely swim.

The cast incudes Ryou Matsuda as Shuhei Sakaki and Shuuto Miyazaki as Daiki Shinoduka.

The television series will premier in January 2017.  The stage play will follow with the same cast in May of 2107.

Everyone’s Getting Married – TV Drama

Manga by Izumi Miyazono. Japanese title: Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu

Asuka Takanashi (Mariya Nishiuchi) is a twenty-something woman who works for a megabank and holds various professional qualifications in finance. Despite her successful career, she is extremely eager to get married and become a stay-at-home housewife. One day, she suddenly gets damped by her boyfriend of five years. Desperate to find her next potential husband, she immediately starts searching to find the “love of her life.” Then she meets Ryu Nanami (Ryuta Yamamura), a very popular TV newscaster. He appears to be the most ideal man for Asuka, except that Ryu is 100% against the idea of marriage and determined to never get married. However, despite their different views on marriage, they eventually fall in love and start their relationship. It seemed as though everything was going so well, but this was the beginning of their “Battle of Values.” Where is their romantic relationship headed? Will Asuka be able to announce her marriage and make her dream come true?

Everyone’s Getting Married premiers on Fuji TV on January 23rd.

 Itazura Na Kiss The Movie Part 2: Campus

Naoki (Kanta Sato) and Kotoko (Reina Visa) enter the same university. Naoki majors in science and technology, while Kotoko majors in literature. A beautiful student, Yuko Matsumoto, appears in front of Naoki. Kotoko is shaken by her new rival in love.


Itazura na Kiss The Movie Part 2: Campus premiers on January 27, 2017.

One-Week Friends – Movie

Manga by Matcha Hazuki. English Translation: One Week Friends


Movie Poster

The story of the manga revolves around Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But, my… memories of my friends disappear in a week…” Even so, Yūki wants to become her friend, and so the two become friends over and over again as the weeks pass.

Cast includes Haruna Kawaguchi and Kento Yamazaki for the film’s main roles. Kawaguchi plays Kaori Fujimiya (seen left in photo), while Yamazaki plays Yūki Hase.

The movie is slated to premier in Japan on February 18, 2017.

Kimi wa Petto – Drama Series

Manga by Yayoi Ogawa. English Translation: You’re My Pet


The manga and television series revolve around Sumire Iwaya, a tall and beautiful editor for a well-known newspaper who was just demoted by her boss and dumped by her fiancé for his pregnant mistress. Depressed, she encounters a homeless boy on the street who resembles her childhood pet Momo, and facetiously offers to take him home as a pet. However, the boy surprises Sumire by agreeing to the proposition.

The updated drama will star Noriko Iriyama (left) as Sumire and and Jun Shison (right) as Momo.

The drama will have 16 episodes and be on late-night television. It will begin running in February 2017.

Kyou no Kira-kun – Movie

Manga by Rin Mikimoto. English Translation: Today’s Kira-kun


The story follows an eccentric girl named Nino who keeps a parrot on her shoulder and a carouser named Kira who passes his days with nonsense. Nino and Kira’s houses are next to each other but they have never spoken, until one day Nino finds out Kira’s secret and their fates intertwine.

Cast includes Marie Iitoyo as Nino (right) and Taishi Nakagawa (left) as Kira for the film’s main roles.

The movie is slated to premier in Japan on February 25, 2017.

Hirunaka no Ryuusei – Movie

Manga by Mika Yamamori. English Translation: Daytime Shooting Star

Suzume Yosano (Mei Nagano) is a first grade high school student. She lived in the countryside, but, due to her parents transferring overseas for work, Suzume now lives in Tokyo with her uncle (Ryuta Sato). Suzume has never had a boyfriend before, but she has feelings for her homeroom teacher Satsuki Shishio (Shohei Miura). Meanwhile, her classmate, Daiki Mamura (Aran Shirahama), becomes attracted to Suzume.

Takehiko Shinjo will direct the movie, with scripts by Naoko Adachi.

The movie is slated to premiere on March 24, 2017.

P to JK – Movie

Manga by Maki Miyoshi. English Translation: P & JK – Police and High School Girl


P to JK Movie Poster

Kako Motoya (Tao Tsuchiya) is in the first year of high school. She has yet to have a boyfriend yet. One day, she pretends she’s a university student and takes part in a group blind date. There, she meets 23-years-old Kota Sagano (Kazuya Kamenashi). Kako and Kota get along well and become attracted to each other. Later, Kota learns that Kako is a high school student and his attitude towards Kako changes. In fact, Kota is police officer. Even though he likes her, he knows he can’t date her. Then, Kako is injured while protecting Kota. Kota decides to accept Kako for who she is. He asks Kako to marry him, because that’s the only way he can be with her as a police officer.

The movie stars Kazyua Kamenashi (left) as Kota and Tao Tsuchiya (right) as Kako. Ryuuichi Hiroki (live-action Strobe Edge, live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) will direct the film, and Nami Kikkawa will write the script.

The movie is slated to premier March 25, 2017.

Inside Mari – TV Drama

Manga by Shuuzou Oshimi. Japanese title: Boku wa Mari no Naka.

The original manga follows an “angel-like” beautiful high school girl with a certain secret she has been hiding from everyone, and an idle shut-in young man; the highlight of his day is seeing Mari at the convenience store. The story begins as Mari wakes up in her room, but something feels amiss about the room and even her own body.

The series will star Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Mari Yoshizaki, Ryo Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze as Isao Komori, and Yuri Nakamura (Mori no Asagao) as Mari’s classmate, Yori Kakiguchi.

The 8 episode series will stream on Fuji TV On Demand starting March 31, 2017.

Lovely Love Lie (The Liar and His Lover) – TV Drama

Manga by Kotomo Aki. Japanese title: Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru

Kang Han Kyul (Lee Hyun Woo) is a famous, and very talented, composer. Having worked for a famous band long before they were stars, he has achieved a lot more in his youth than most do in their careers. However, he has fallen into a deep depression and no longer seems to have any motive to live.  That is until he hears a voice that strikes a chord in his heart.
Yoon So Rim (Joy) is a high school student. She has a voice unlike any Kang Han Kyul has ever heard. Yoon So Rim sees the pain in the sound composer’s heart. Through her kindness and serenity, she convinces him to return to life. And through her voice, she makes her way into his heart. The problem, though, is that Kang Han Kyul intentionally hid his identity from Yoon So Rim. So for a man who has fallen in love, is it even possible for it to be real when you are hiding your true who you really are?

The drama will run from March 20 – May 9th on Korean TV.  It can currently be viewed on DramaFever.

It’s All About the Looks – TV Drama

Manga by Hiromi Okubo. Japanse title: Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent

Totally immersed in research, Jun Jonouchi (Mirei Kiritani) has been turning her back on “beauty” and “femininity.”
Realizing that she may be a “imitation girl” who gives up all that sort of thing, she starts to investigate the latest fashion trends and beauty tips with her colleagues, Mitsuko Maeda (Asami Mizukawa) and Seira Sato (Blouson Chiemi.)

Spring breeze makes people start something new and this romantic comedy perfectly fits such a season. Find out how “imitation girls” with only science backgrounds strive in self-exploration and boost their femininity!

The drama It’s All About the Looks will run on FujiTV this April 2017.

Peach Girl – Movie

Manga by Miae Ueda. English Translation: Peach Girl

The story is about an average high school girl who everyone thinks is a beach bunny/slut because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She likes a boy who she heard only likes non-tanned girls.

Mizuki Yamamoto will star as Momo and idol group Hey!Say!JUMP’s Kei Inoo will play Kairi in his first film role. Koji Shintoku will direct the film.

The main theme for the movie ended up being Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”.

The movie is slated to premier in Japan on May 20, 2017.

Double Mints – Movie

Manga by Asumiko Nakamura. Genre:Boys Love

The manga’s story begins when Mitsuo Ichikawa hears the domineering voice of someone on the phone saying, “I killed a woman.” The man was his classmate in high school who had the same name as he does. The voice brings back old, forgotten memories of the man, which revive old passions. Both Mitsuos reunite as accomplices, and their relationship, which had always been one between master and servant, begins to change into something new.

The manga’s story revolves around two characters with similar names (although they spell their names using different kanji). Shunsuke Tanaka will play the cold and cruel Mitsuo Ichikawa (市川光央), while Yasushi Fuchikami will play the submissive Mitsuo Ichikawa (壱河光夫).  The story is by the same mangaka that penned Doukyusei-Classmates.

The film will be directed by Eiji Ueda. It premiers on June 3, 2017, in Japan.

Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemas – Movie

Manga by Rina Yagami. English Translation: Brother’s Troublesome Love


Cast Visual

Setoka Tachibana (Tao Tsuchiya) is a female high school student. She has confessed her feelings to other boys 12 times, but has been rebuffed each time. Her older brother Haruka Tachibana (Ryota Katayose) cares for his younger sister deeply, but he holds a secret from Setoka. The secret is that they are not blood related. One day, Setoka’s first love Takane Serikawa (Yudai Chiba) appears after many years and approaches her.

The movie is slated to premier in Japan on June 30th, 2017.

Kanna-san – TV Drama

Manga by Kahoru Fukaya. Genre: Josei

Kanna Suzuki (Naomi Watanabe) has a bright and positive personality. She works as a fashion designer at a company. She is married to Rei and they have a son Reon. Her family life is filled with happiness. One day, Kanna learns that Rei is having an affair. She kicks him out of their house. Kanna has a hard time dealing with her job and raising Reon by herself, but she tries her best for Reon and to achieve her own dream.

Kanna-san premiers on TBS in July 2017.

Bride of the Water God 2017 – TV Drama

Manhwa by Yoon Mi-Kyung.

A romance takes place between Water God Ha Baek (Nam Joo-Hyuk) and Psychiatrist So-A (Shin Se-Kyung).

Bride of the Water God premiers on tvN in July 2017.

Manga by Yakko Kagga. English Translation: Make a Bow and Kiss

The manga’s story centers on An Kishimoto, a girl who has been practicing archery for six years, since she was in middle school. Yet even as president of her high school archery club in her last high school tournament, she feels unsatisfied by her results and leaves behind regrets. The next person slated to be president is her underclassman Yōta Mikami, a person who never practices yet grabs first place in tournaments. He a boy for whom An holds some complicated feelings. When An is about to withdraw from her position and hand the position of president to Yōta, he stops her with a certain thought.

The movie will star Elaiza Ikeda as the female lead and Masaki Nakao as the male lead.

The film is slated to premier in fall 2017.

Sensei! – Movie

Manga by Kazune Kawahara. English Translation: Teacher!

The story centers on second-year high school student Hibiki Shimada, who is in love with her teacher Kōsaku Itō, a cold man who seems to hate girls, but is actually kind. The story begins when she accidentally puts a love letter entrusted to her by a friend in Kōsaku’s shoe locker.

Toma Ikuta will play Kōsaku Itō, a high school teacher, while Suzu Hirose will play Hibiki Shimada, a girl who falls in love with Kōsaku.

The movie is slated to premier in Japan October 28th.

Fukumenkei Noise – Movie

Manga by Ryoko Fukuyama. English Translation: Anonymous Noise


A girl who loves to sing, Nino Arisugawa experiences her first heart wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! With music as their common ground and only outlet, how will unrequited love play out? Since both boys promised Nino that they will find her one day through her singing, she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school, Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again…

Ayami Nakajo will play Nino Arisugawa, while the male leads will be played by Jun Shison – Kanade Yuzuriha (Yuzu) – and Yuta Koseki – Momo Sakaki. The rest of the band members will be played by Erina Mano as Mio Suguri, Hayato Isomura as Ayumi Kurose (Kuro), and Yosuke Sugino as Yoshito Haruno (Haruyoshi).

Anonymous Noise is expected to premier November 25, 2017.


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  • finally Sensei! is becoming something i can watch!!! i have loved this manga for 5 years ;_; makes me cry everytime i read it

  • Oh god!!! Is a log wait for Ikuta Toma movie ??

  • Oh boy another Kimi wa Petto? It was already a classic drama so I don’t know how how it’s going to turn out but I’ll still keep an open-mind.

  • arghhh peach girl, i’ve been waiting so loooooong but the live action is premiere in may. so loooong, thank’s for your post. thank you~

  • How can i watch the movie Kyouno kira kun?

    • Currently you’d have to go to Japan around February 25, 2017, as the movie has yet to be released to theaters in Japan. 😉

      • Okay thank you so much, and also do i have to go to Japan theatre to watch Ani ni aisaresugite kommatemasu too?

        • Yes. That one comes out end of June.

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