Author and illustrator Tomohito Oda’s coming-of-age comedy manga ‘Komi Can’t Communicate’ has been published by Shogakukan since May 2016 and has gone on to be published in Weekly Shōnen Sunday. Now it is getting an adaption as a live-action television drama on the Japanese station NHK General TV.
NHK also announced a partial cast list for the eight-episode limited series along with a promotional image.
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Crunchyroll reports that “25-year-old Philippine-born actress/fashion model Elaiza Ikeda plays its main heroine Shouko Komi. As an actress, she is well-known for her portrayal as Kirari Momobami in the Kakegurui live-action series. Also, the male protagonist Hitohito Tadano, who is a high school student in the original manga story, is played by 35-year-old Takahisa Masuda, a member of Johnny & Associates’ male idol group NEWS. Toichiro Ruto, who recently attracted attention for his work on the gay drama Ossan’s Love, serves as director on a script by Fumie Mizuhashi.”
Elaiza Ikeda expressed her excitement for the role.
“The more the world is overload with information, the more we compare ourselves to someone else,” she said. “Everyday, we struggle with the definition of “normal” that keeps changing. This is a story that gently scoops up those precious feelings that we tend to leave behind in our busy lives. Know yourself, communicate, know and respect others. Enjoy the fact that we are different. I hope you will be healed by Komi-san and her friends who meet their precious friends while repeating these things. I’m under pressure because I’ve loved this series since the first volume was released, but I’ll do my best to put everything I can into this drama. Please look forward to it!”
The premise begins, “On her first day attending the elite Itan Private High School, the main setting of the story, Shouko Komi immediately receives an overwhelming surge in popularity due to the unprecedented, stoic beauty and refined elegance her classmates perceive her to possess. However, only Hitohito Tadano, an exceedingly average schoolboy assigned to the seat next to hers, is able to have the opportunity to discover that Komi has serious issues in communicating with others. Tadano sets out to help Komi on her quest to find 100 friends.”
The series has had over twenty-one volumes and was released in English through Viz Media. The anime is produced by OLM and is scheduled to be released in October 2021.