Toei released a captivating trailer on Monday for the live-action adaptation of the “Bokura no Sennen Project,” a multimedia endeavor encompassing a manga, live-action film, and stage play titled “Bokura no Sennen to Kimi ga Shinu Made no 30-ka Kan” (Our Millennium and the 30 Days Until You Die).
The teaser introduces the poignant theme song “Kokoro Tsunaide” (Connected Hearts) by 4 U, setting the stage for an emotionally gripping narrative.
The project revolves around three central characters: Towa, a girl destined to reincarnate across the ages, and two immortal men named Sōsuke and Mitsukage. Their epic journey spans a thousand years, commencing in the Heian era. A fateful event claims Towa’s life but grants Sōsuke and Mitsukage eternal life, condemning them to an eternity of witnessing Towa’s cycles of life and death, reliving their final 30 days together ad infinitum.
Remarkably, both the live-action film and the stage play feature an identical cast for the main trio. Yūdai Tatsumi portrays Sōsuke, while Bunichi Hamanaka takes on the role of Mitsukage. The talented Sakurako Konishi embodies Mai, Towa’s reincarnation. Katsuhide Suzuki is at the helm of the stage play, while Takeo Kikuchi directs the film.
The stage play will grace the stages of Club eX at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo from September 8 to 18, followed by a run at the TT Hall at Cool Japan Park in Osaka from September 22 to 24.
The project’s manga was masterfully crafted by the duo known as naked ape and premiered in Akita Shoten’s Monthly Princess magazine in June 2021. Spanning from the Heian era to the Taisho era, the manga follows a captivating narrative. Akita Shoten published the manga’s third compiled volume on March 16, with the fourth volume set to hit the shelves on August 16.
The brilliant manga creator duo, consisting of Otoh Saki and Tomomi Nakamura, have left an indelible mark on the industry. naked ape’s earlier work, “Switch,” was published by Viz Media, which released 13 volumes during its original 2002-2008 run, eventually inspiring a two-episode video anime series in 2008 and 2009.