Junko’s romantic comedy “Kiss Him, Not Me” (私がモテてどうすんだ) announced a live-action movie, which is scheduled to premiere in Japan’s theatres in 10th July 2020.
The cast includes, from top left, clockwise: E-girls’ Nonoka Yamaguchi (山口乃々華) as the protagonist Kae Serinuma (芹沼 花依) after losing weight; THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE’s Hokuto Yoshino (吉野北人) as Asuma Mutsumi (六見 遊馬); Asahi Itō (伊藤あさひ) as Nozomu Nanashima (七島 希); Sō Okuno (奥野壮) as Hayato Shinomiya (四ノ宮 隼人); Fuju Kamio (神尾楓珠) as Yūsuke Igarashi (五十嵐 祐輔); and Miu Tomita (富田望生) as Kae Serinuma before losing weight.
“High & Low” film series Norihisa Hiranuma (平沼紀久) is directing the movie. He also co-writes the script with “P and JK’s” Nami Kikkawa (吉川菜美), “High & Low” series’ Shōhei Fukuda (福田晶平), Kei Watanabe (渡辺啓), and Daisuke Kamijō (上條大輔).
“Kiss Him, Not Me” is originally a romantic comedy shōjo manga series by Junko. It is published by Kodansha since 2013 on Bessatsu Friend magazine. Fourteen volumes compiling the chapters have been released so far. An anime adaptation by Brain’s Base aired in Japan between October and December 2016. The manga won Best Shōjo Manga at the 40th Kodansha Manga Awards.
The story follows Kae Serinuma, who is a fujoshi that develops interests in imagining her male classmates together in romantic relationships. When one of her favorite anime characters is killed off, Kae is so shocked that she locks herself in her room for a whole week. When she eventually comes out, she discovers that she has lost a lot of weight.
She becomes a beautiful girl that catches the eye of four boys at her school: Yūsuke Igarashi, Nozomu Nanashima, Hayato Shinomiya, and Asuma Mutsumi. Despite learning about Kae’s bizarre tendencies, the four boys all fall for Kae and begin competing with each other for her affection, much to Kae’s frustration as she wants them to fall in love with each other.