Land of Tanabata Live-Action Adaptation Arrives on Disney+ Hotstar on July 4

Image source: DisneyPlus Hotstar Malaysia YouTube channel

The previously announced live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki‘s Tanabata no Kuni manga has gotten a July 4 Disney+ Hotstar release date and the English title Land of Tanabata.

There’s also a teaser trailer, which gives us a look at protagonist Yoji Minamimaru (played by Kanata Hosoda) and the story’s mysterious premise.

Below is the official description of the show:

The series will follow Yoji Minamimaru, an absent-minded university student who discovers he has the seemingly useless power of being able to make a hole in anything. Affectionately called Nanmaru by his friends, Minamimaru will suddenly find himself at the center of a potentially world-ending crisis with nothing but his useless power to help.

The original manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits from 1996 to 1999 and has four tankoubon volumes. It also has a kanzenban release with two volumes.

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• Director: Yusuke Taki (Gun Girl Lady, In Love and Deep Water)
• Director: Takahide Sano (The Legend & Butterfly)
• Director: Hayato Kawai (Drive My Car assistant director)
• Scriptwriter: Akiko Miyoshi
• Scriptwriter: Mari Asato (Under Your Bed director and writer)
• Scriptwriter: Yusuke Taki
• Script cooperation: Takamasa Oe (Whale Bones director and writer)


Kanata Hosoda as Yoji Minamimaru/ Nanmaru
Ryoko Fujino as Sachiko Higashimaru
Shuhei Uesugi as Takashi Higashimaru
Kiryu Mai as Sayuri Emi
Hiroshi Mikami as Masami Marukami
Takayuki Yamada as Yoriyuki Marukami

Source: Press release

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