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No need to check the calendar, April Fool’s Day is really over. However, they really are making a live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge TV drama this summer, and a live-action movie for 2012.

If you thought it couldn't get more surreal...

In this week’s Young Gangan magazine, Square Enix and AUTB Partners announced the production schedule, as well as the actors playing Nino and Riku. There’s an official teaser website as well. Pics of the cast after the break.

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When Dom and I visited Japan in 2004, we got hooked on this weird TV series called “Keitai Deka: Zenigata Ai” where Miyazaki Aoi played a high school girl (named after the fictional crimefighter Zenigata Heiji), who secretly fought crime with her cell phone. (Miyazaki would later go on to play Komatsu Nana in the live-action NANA movie.) It became a bit of a cult hit, and through the years various other girls filled the role of the cell phone detective. Eight total, to be exact. That Zenigata family is big.

So it came as only a mild surprise when I learned that the third Keitai Deka movie was released in theaters in Japan last week: “Keitai Deka THE MOVIE 3: Morning Musume Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! Pandora no Hako no Himitsu” (“Operation Save Morning Musume! The Secret of Pandora’s Box”).

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Last year, the book “Moshi Koukou Yakyuu no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no ‘Management’ wo Yondara” (“What if a high school baseball team’s trainer read Drucker’s ‘Management’?”) became a surprise hit in the business book world. The heartwarming story of a girl who takes over as trainer (called “manager” in Japanese) for her sick friend and decides to use Peter Drucker’s business management techniques to take the team to the national high school baseball championship, “Moshidora” has sold over a million copies.

And now, just in time for the spring invitational Koushien tournament, it is becoming an anime. NHK (which airs the baseball tournament on TV in Japan) released the promotional video yesterday.

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Little pop idol's gonna have to get himself some muscles...

Image from AnimeNation

ANN has posted some very happy news that comes with some big reservations – classic Japanese hero Yabuki Joe (think Rocky, but Ashita no Joe came 8 years before) is coming to the big screen, with mega-hot singer/actor Yamashita Tomohisa (AKA Yamapi) playing the title role. While I am all for having the Japanese Rocky on the big screen, and I think it has the potential to be a great movie, I have to sigh and shake my head at the casting.

Ashita no Joe‘s Yabuki Joe is the archetypal working-class hero, made of gristle and grime and sweat, while Yamapi embodies modern mass-produced entertainment: he grew up in the Johnny’s stable, grew up as a dancer, led a boy band, and spends much of his time in front of cameras or performing in arenas packed with squealing lady fans. It shouldn’t rattle me that they chose him to play the lead because he’ll put butts in the seats, but… well, read more about the essence of Yabuki Joe after the jump to get to the heart of why I hate this.

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