Netflix has released a new trailer and a main visual for the upcoming From Me To You: Kimi ni Todoke live-action drama series, which begins streaming on March 30. The visual is inspired by the cover illustration of the manga’s first volume.
The Kimi ni Todoke manga by Karuho Shiina ran from 2006 to 2017 in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine and ended with 30 tankoubon volumes. A spin-off subtitled Unmei no Hito ran from 2018 to 2022 and was compiled into three tankoubon volumes. The manga inspired a two-season anime series, titled Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You in English, produced by Production I.G and directed by Hiro Kaburagi. The first season premiered in 2009 and ran for 25 episodes, while the second season premiered in 2011 and ran for 13 episodes.
Viz Media describes the manga (which it also titles Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You) as:
Sawako Kuronuma is the perfect heroine…for a horror movie. With striking similarities to a haunting movie character–jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor–she’s mistakenly called Sadako by those around her. But behind her scary façade is a very misunderstood teenager. Too shy to fit in, all she wants to do is make some friends. But when the most popular boy in class befriends her, she’s sure to make more than just that–she’s about to make some enemies too!
Takehiko Shinjou (Your Lie in April) and Takeo Kikuchi (Taisou Shiyou yo) co-directed the upcoming drama with a script from Hayato Miyamoto (Takane no Hana-san 2). TV Tokyo produced the show with cooperation from Fine Entertainment.
The From Me To You: Kimi ni Todoke cast includes Sara Minami as Sawako Kuronuma, Ouji Suzuka as Shota Kazehaya, Kaito Sakurai as Ryu Sanada, Rinka Kumada as Ayane Yano, Riho Nakamura as Chizuru Yoshida, Naho Toda and Hiroyuki Hirayama as Sawako’s parents, and Shouhei Miura as Kazuichi Arai.
The manga previously inspired another live-action adaptation in the form of a 2010 movie that starred Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura as the leads.
Sources: Netflix Asia YouTube channel, @NetflixJP