‘Mitarai-ke, Enjou suru,’ known in English as ‘Burn The House Down’ is a suspense drama manga written and illustrated by Moyashi Fujizawa. It was released in Japan by Kodansha in 2017 and in the United States by Kodansha USA starting in 2022. Designed to be a thriller, Netflix has announced that they are developing a live-action adaptation for their streaming service.
“The series is based on an original comic of the same name by up-and-coming Moyashi Fujisawa, which began serialization in Kiss magazine (Kodansha) in 2017. An immediate (hit), there has been multiple offers to bring the story on screen,” they said on their website.
“The protagonist of this story, Anzu Murata, infiltrates the house of the Mitarai family as a housekeeper in order to reclaim the house and family that was taken from her. Anzu Murata will be played by award-winning Mei Nagano.. Makiko Mitarai, Mr. Mitarai’s second wife, who invites Anzu into her home, will be played by top talent Kyoka SuzukiThis will be the first Netflix production for both of them,” they added.
Yūichirō Hirakawa will serve as the director while Shin’ichi Takahashi and Kei Haruna are co-producers.
The series is expected to be released sometime in 2023. Kodansha called the announcement “big news” on social media.
Big News! @netflix announces production & cast of new Japanese series, Burn the House Down. Set for release in 2023.
— Kodansha @ #SDCC22 #5542 (@KodanshaManga) July 18, 2022
Netflix described the synopsis as follows,
“The home of the wealthy Mitarai family, which has run a hospital for generations, was burned to the ground in an unfortunate fire. Thirteen years later, housekeeper Anzu Murata heads to the home of her new client, the Mitarais. There, she is greeted by the beautiful and impeccable second wife of Mrs. Mitarai, Makiko. Anzu is hired and begins working at the house, but she has a certain purpose for infiltrating the Mitarai home…”
The manga’s original run started on March 25, 2017 and ceased on April 24, 2021, for a total of eight volumes. It was serialized in Kodansha’s ‘Kiss’ magazine.