The anime film adaptation of Io Sakisaka’s (咲坂伊緒) shōjo manga “Love Me, Love Me Not”/ “Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare” (思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ) streams the official trailer that previews its theme song “Gravity” by Japanese band BUMP OF CHICKEN. The film will debut in Japan’s theatres on 18th September 2020.
The series also inspires a live-action film adaptation, which is scheduled to premiere on 14th August 2020. The live-action stars Eiji Akaso as Kazuomi Inui, Minami Hamabe as Akari Yamamoto, Riko Fukumoto as Yuna Ichihara, and Takumi Kitamura as Rio Yamamoto.
The story focuses on two girls whose stances on love are polar opposites. Yuna Ichihara is in the spring before her first year of high school and is pained to be separated from her best friend Sacchan who is moving away. On her way to the train station, she is stopped by a random girl who asks her for money for her train fare. Although Yuna is somewhat afraid and reluctant, she gives the girl money, who in turn gives Yuna her bracelet as a promise she will meet her tomorrow to pay her back.
On the same day, Yuna runs twice into a boy who looks like the idolized prince of her childhood. After the girl, named Akari, returns Yuna’s money, they head home together only to find out that they live in the same apartment building. The girls instantly become friends. However, they find that they explore love in completely different ways, and Yuna may be in love with Akari’s brother and Akari in love with Yuna’s childhood friend.
▍Staff and Production
Original Works: Io Sakisaka’s (咲坂伊緒) “Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare” [Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret]
Director: Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (黒柳トシマサ)
Character Design: Yuu Yamashita (山下祐)
Script: Erika Yoshida (吉田恵里香)
Art Director: Yuka Hirama (平間由香)
Color design: Nagisa Abe (安部なぎさ)
CG Director: Yuusuke Noma (野間裕介)
Photography Director: Masaharu Okazaki (岡﨑正春)
Editing: Akinori Mishima (三嶋章紀)
Music: Yuuji Nomi (野見祐二)
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki (長崎行男)
Animation: A-1 Pictures
■ Yuna Ichihara (市原 由奈) – CV: Marika Suzuki (鈴木毬花)
■ Akari Yamamoto (山本 朱里) – CV: Megumi Han (潘 めぐみ)
■ Rio Yamamoto (山本 理央) – CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki (島﨑 信長)
■ Kazuomi Inui (乾 和臣) – CV: Sōma Saitō (斉藤 壮馬)