VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC, has licensed four popular sh’jo manga titles released under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint and has produced live-action films based on the comics. Honey and Clover will be released theatrically in select U.S. cities in December, followed by Nana in early 2008 and Nana 2 in the spring of 2008. Love*Com the Movie will be released straight to DVD by VIZ Media in February of 2008.
Based on the bestselling manga by Chica Umino, Honey And Clover is a romantic comedy that focuses on five college students and the art school they attend. When talented painter Hagumi Hanamoto enrolls in the program, her presence and unique approach to art affects the entire school and her new friends. The English version of the manga is currently serialized in VIZ Media’s SHOJO BEAT magazine. VIZ Media is set to publish the title as a self-contained manga in March 2008.
Aya Nakahara’s bestselling comic Love*Com hits the screen as a high-school romantic comedy centering on the tallest girl in class and the shortest guy, who are bizarrely pulled together by fate.
Nana and Nana 2 are based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, and follow the adventures of two girls both named Nana, who arrive in Tokyo at the same time and become close friends despite their fundamental differences. Nana performed well at the Japanese box office upon its release in 2006, grossing more than $35 million and holding onto a top-ten slot for several weeks.
‘These films demonstrate how unique stories can successfully make the leap from manga to animation to live action while each depiction remains true to the original story,’ says Seiji Horibuchi, president and CEO of VIZ Pictures. ‘The live-action versions of these titles provide a whole new dimension that fans of all stripes will enjoy.’
Honey and Clover, Love*Com the Movie and Nana will have special premiere screenings at the upcoming New York Anime Festival, taking place Dec. 7-9. English-language versions of all the manga releases are available through VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat.