By Samantha Simmons
A live action stage play of Yuu Watase’s hit manga series Absolute Boyfriend is in production for a 2013 debut. The feature will be produced by Ampiro studios, which developed Watase’s live-action Fushigi Yuugi plays. The play will be produced by Asuka Ami and directed by Shintaro Kanno.
Absolute Boyfriend became a live-action television series in Japan in 2008. A Korean adaptation called Absolute Him is in production for this year. A Taiwanese version is also in the making.
Absolute Boyfriend is a six-volume manga series published in 2003 in Shojo Comic. Riiko Izawa, who never had a boyfriend until she accidently orders one from a strange website. Shocked to learn that she owes large amounts of money for the “trial” boyfriend, whom she names “Night,” she negotiates with the company to offer advice on women’s perspectives to better market the “boyfriends” to customers. Romance, love triangles and drama have made Absolute Boyfriend a popular must-read (and must-see) for shojo anime and manga fans.
The live-action stage play of Absolute Boyfriend is set to premier March 2013 at the Tokyo1010 theatre.
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