Mei Nagano Stars in Live-Action Film Adaptation of Waka Hirako’s My Broken Mariko Manga
Mei Nagano (Font in a capsule TV drama) should star in the upcoming live-action film adaptation by Waka Hirako My broken Mariko manga. The shooting of the Yuki Tanada (Romantic DollThe film directed by ) had already been completed and is expected to be released in Japan in the fall of 2022.
As Hirako’s first serialization work, My broken Mariko was serialized in KADOKAWA’s Comic BRIDGE Online for four episodes from July to December 2019. After his one-volume tankobon was released in January 2020, he garnered a lot of attention and won the New Face Award in the Manga of the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival. Awards in 2021. Its English edition was published by Yen Press in November 2020. The publisher describes its story as follows:
Tomoyo Shiino supported her friend Mariko through years of abuse, abandonment and depression. Horrible as her circumstances were, their friendship has been the one reassuring constant in Mariko’s and Tomoyo’s life as well. That is, until Tomoyo was completely blindsided by the news of Mariko’s death. In life, Tomoyo felt powerless to help her best friend out of the darkness that ultimately pushed her over the edge. Now, Tomoyo is determined to release Mariko’s ashes for one last journey together… to free his beloved, broken Mariko.
Message from Mei Nagano:
When I was offered the role of Shiino, I was very conflicted because it was a big challenge for me and I was so worried. But I decided to follow Director Tanada, who said, “Let’s accept everything and overcome together. I love the worldview of My Broken Mariko. I’ve been captivated by this one since the day I first read the original manga. I treasured that feeling and respectfully spoke my dialogues with my heart, feeling my heart warm every day. I think you will be able to see me like I never have before. I look forward to the making of this film.