After getting an anime adaptation from The Studio behind Pokemon earlier this year, Tomohito Oda’s Komi Can’t Communicate manga will be adapted into 8 episode long live-action series, media organization NHK has announced. The series will be broadcasted through the ‘Yorudora’ late-night drama block of NHKG from 6th September onwards at 10:45 pm. If well-received, international fans might get a Netflix pick-up.
Hyped Komi Can’t Communicate manga has been running since 2016 in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine. This live-action is being directed by Yoshihito Okashita (Gekitsui) along with Eiji Ishii. Sugar and Spice’s Fumie Mizuhashi is steering the scriptwriting. Toichiro Ruto and Hiroyuki Onuma are co-producing and producing the series, while Toshikazu Higuchi and Asako Takagi are executives producing it, reports ANN.
Eishi Segawa who has given music to Ginatam live-action film is composing the music for the series. Elaiza Ikeda who played Kirari in Kakegurui live action film will play Shoko Komi and Idol Group NEWS’ Takahisa Masuda will play Hitohito Tadano.
The original manga follows a timid young man, Tadano, and his popular but aloof classmate Komi and their journey as they learn to get out of their comfort zone and together learn to face their fears. For now, we don’t know whether the series will follow the manga closely.
Viz Media describes the story as,
“Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!”
Moreover, there is an anime adaptation promised by OLM studio (Pokémon: The first movie, JoJo’s Bizarre adventure: chapter1) which will release sometime soon this year. This adaptation is high on demand, it also ranked highest at Anime Japan2020’s most wanted anime adaptation pole.
It is speculated that the anime will feature on Crunchyroll and Funimation upon release. Ayamu Watanabe (Children of the sea, After the Rain) is directing the anime adaptation while Deko Akao (Noragami, Snow White with the red hair, Inazuma Eleven) is steering the story.
Watch the official first teaser trailer for Komi Can’t Communicate anime adaption down below: