Teaser Reveals Dean Fujioka’s Mandarin Skills in Live-Action Ya Boy Kongming!

(Last Updated On: August 21, 2023)

The official Twitter account for the live-action adaptation of Yuto Yotsuba and Ryō Ogawa’s manga “Ya Boy Kongming!” (known as “Paripi Kōmei”) unveiled an intriguing teaser video on Saturday. This teaser is narrated entirely in Chinese by Dean Fujioka, who will also take on the role of Liu Bei within the series.

Scheduled to debut on September 27, the show has found its place in the Fuji TV lineup, airing on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. EDT) as part of the esteemed “Shinsui 10 Drama” timeslot.

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Osamu Mukai (pictured on the left) has been cast as Shokatsu Kōmei (historically renowned as Zhuge Liang), while Moka Kamishiraishi takes on the role of the protagonist, Eiko.

Other cast members include:

  • Koharu Sugawara as Mia Iriomote
  • Mirai Moriyama as Owner Kobayashi
  • Mandy Sekiguchi as Keiji Maezono
  • Rikako Yagi as Nanami Kuon
  • Ryūbi Miyase as Kabe Taijin

Shūhei Shibue is set to join the ranks of directors for the series, collaborating with scriptwriter Nonji Nemoto.

Commencing on June 1, Kodansha USA Publishing embarked on the digital English publication of the manga. Their depiction of the manga is as follows:

Live-Action Ya Boy Kongming!

Kongming, the valiant commander from the Three Kingdoms era, devoted his life to grappling with innumerable battles, sculpting his skillset as a master strategist.

As his life drew to a close, his ultimate aspiration was simple: rebirth within a realm of tranquility. Astonishingly, his wish materialized as he found himself transported to modern-day Tokyo, the nucleus of revelry. Can even the most brilliant of strategists, Kongming, acclimate to the pulsating rhythms of this exuberant metropolis and its vivacious denizens?

The saga’s inauguration occurred on Kodansha’s platform, Comic Days, in December 2019. Simultaneously, its serial run was initiated in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine in November 2021.

A fortnight ago, on July 6, Kodansha dispensed the 14th volume of the manga in compiled form. Mirroring this, Kodansha USA Publishing unveiled the 12th volume on July 18.

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Subsequently, an animated rendition of the manga debuted on television screens in April 2022. HIDIVE assumed the exclusive and synchronized streaming responsibilities for the series, encompassing both the original version and its English-dubbed variant. Subsequently, Sentai Filmworks acquired licensing rights for the anime and orchestrated its home video release on April 18.


Sources | Live-action Ya Boy Kongming! show’s Twitter accountComic Natalie

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Mizo Lalthanmawia, from Mizoram, is a K-pop and K-drama fan who channels her passion for Korean culture into her part-time writing, aiming to captivate readers with her stories just as she's been captivated by Korean art.

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