3D Kanojo: Real Girl, a shōjo manga by Mao Nanami about a young man engrossed with the 2D world of anime and video games stumbling into a romantic relationship with his beautiful and popular classmate, is being adapted into a live-action film directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa and starring Hayato Sano and Ayami Nakajo.
In the film, Hikaru Tsutsui (played by Sano) is a quiet, unassuming high school student who forsakes the company of his classmates to spend his time reading manga, playing video games, and watching anime. Hikaru is perfectly content to dwell in his 2D world, until one day he’s assigned to clean the school pool with the beautiful Iroha Ikarashi (played by Ayami Nakajo), and she confesses her feelings to him. Will Iroha’s affection draw Hikaru out of his shell?
Described as an “awkward, pure love story”, the original 3D Kanojo: Real Girl manga was serialized from 2011 – 2016 in Kodansha’s Dessert shōjo manga magazine. The 3D Kanojo: Real Girl live-action film is distributed by Warner Bros. Japan and hits theaters in 2018.
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