The main visual and new cast information for the live-action drama “Kimi ni Todoke” based on the original work by Karuho Shiina has been released.
Along with the release of the main visual, a 90-second trailer was also released showing various scenes of Sawako and Kazehaya. Also, The theme song “Ai no Uta” (Love Song) by Takaya Kawasaki. Netflix will Start Worldwide exclusive distribution on Thursday, March 30, 2023.
Kaito Sakurai as Ryū Sanada
Rinka Kumada as Ayane Yano
Riho Nakamura as Chizuru Yoshida
Naho Toda as Yōko Kuronuma
Hiroyuki Hirayama as Kitao Kuronuma
Shōhei Miura as Kazuichi Arai
Original: Karuho Shiina “Kimi ni Todoke” (published by Shueisha “Margaret Comics”)
Director: Takehiko Shinjo, Takeo Kikuchi
Script: Hayato Miyamoto
Producer: Taku Matsumoto (TV Tokyo), Masayuki Morikawa (Fine), Yuki Seike (Fine)
Co-producer: Toshihiro Ito (Fine)
Production Writing: TV Tokyo
Production Cooperation: Fine Entertainment
Known for her semblance to the Sadako character of The Ring series, Sawako Kuronuma is given the nickname “Sadako” and misunderstood to be frightening and malicious like her fictional counterpart, despite having a timid and sweet nature. Longing to make friends and live a normal life, Sawako is naturally drawn to the cheerful and friendly Shouta Kazehaya, the most popular boy in her class. From their first meeting, Sawako has admired Kazehaya’s ability to be the center of attention and aspires to be like him. When Kazehaya organizes a test of courage for the entire class and encourages her to attend, Sawako sees this as an opportunity to get along with her classmates, starting with Ayane Yano and Chizuru Yoshida. Through each new encounter and emotion she experiences, Sawako believes that meeting Kazehaya has changed her for the better. Little does Sawako know, her presence has also changed Kazehaya.
Shiina began the main Kimi ni Todoke manga in Bessatsu Margaret in 2006 and ended the manga in November 2017.