Live-action ‘Ouran High School Host Club’ to air on TBS from July

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Starting in July, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. (TBS) will air a live-action version of the offbeat manga series “Ouran High School Host Club” by Bisco Hatori.

The show will be broadcast at midnight every Friday during the 30-minute “Friday Break” slot on TBS, the broadcaster said.

The manga ran in Hakusensha Inc.’s monthly LaLa comic magazine from 2002 to 2010, spanning 18 volumes with more than 12 million copies in circulation.

The story is set in the prestigious Ouran High School, where most of the students come from wealthy families.

One day, Haruhi Fujioka, a girl from an ordinary family who is attending the private school on a scholarship, accidentally breaks an expensive vase at the school’s “host club.”

At the club, male students cater to female customers. To repay her debt, Haruhi has to dress up and serve as a male host at the club.

Model Haruna Kawaguchi, in her first TV role, plays Haruhi. Yusuke Yamamoto, Shunsuke Daito and many other young actors will portray the handsome student hosts.

An animated adaptation of the manga produced by Bones Inc. was aired in 2006 to good reviews.

TBS began the Friday Break slot in October 2010, aiming to offer new approaches to TV drama series. The first series it ran, “Clone Baby,” and the subsequent “Heaven’s Flower: The Legend of Arcana” were both created by TBS.

The third series airing now, “Shima Shima,” is based on a manga of the same name by Sayaka Yamazaki. The manga was serialized in Kodansha Ltd.’s weekly Morning comic magazine from 2008 to 2010.
“Ouran High School Host Club” is also scheduled to be streamed online on the J:Com On Demand website before its television run.

“I had always thought ‘Host Club’ wouldn’t work as a live-action adaptation,” author Hatori was quoted as saying. “But I am deeply grateful for the enthusiasm and open-mindedness of the production staff members who said they were still willing to make it.”

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