Norimitsu Kaiho (Nitroplus) and Sadoru Chiba – the writer and illustrator of the manga School-Live! – lavished praise at the upcoming live-action movie.
A screening event was held at Toho Cinema in Kinshicho on 16 November, which was attended by the main cast (Nanami Abe who plays Kurumi Ebisuzawa, Midori Nagatsuki who plays Yuki Takeya, Wakana Majima who plays Yuri Wakasa, Rio Kiyohara who plays Miki Naoki, Nonoka Ono who plays Megumi Sakura) and director Issei Shibata. The cast appeared decked in the full costumes, complete with the familiar shovel, teddy bear and bar.
The cast shared their experience filming the movie. Majima, who plays the leader of the School Living Club, said that since this was their first time in a starring role, they opted for an honest performance. Director Shibata chipped in and said that it was definitely not easy, but he was able to see the cast’s gradual improvements as the filming progressed, and applauded the struggles they went through.
Next, Majima asked the cast if they have any insider stories to share, to which Nagatsuki and Abe enthusiastically raised their hands. Nagatsuki said they were living like how the School Living Club were even when they were not filming, and that the four of them were always doing things together. “It was fun!” she said with a smile.
School-Live! will be released on January 2019 in Japan.