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"Yokai Ningen Bem" to get live-action drama adaptation starring Kamenashi Kazuya

August 9, 2011 @ 10:31 pm
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Earlier today, NTV revealed that the drama fall season is going to get a live-action adaption of the popular anime series "Yokai Ningen Bem", starring KAT-TUN's Kamenashi Kazuya.

"Yokai Ningen Bem" was a popular anime series that aired in 1968 and 1969, revolving around three 'yokai' (demons, monsters) who fight against other yokai that attack humans. Even though they are defending the humans, it's not easy for them to get along with a lot of people due to their appearances. Therefore, they are hoping to become humans in return for their good actions one day.

NTV already made it clear that, while they will adopt many elements from the original anime, they will also aim to add some new things and make it a unique drama that fits into this day and age.

The protagonist 'Bem' will be played by Kamenashi. Actress Anne and child actor Suzuki Fuku will make the trio complete by playing 'Bera' and 'Berro' respectively.

Kamenashi commented, "It's a very famous anime and I was surprised and honored when I received the offer." About the special make-up that will be necessary to turn him into a 'yokai', he ambitiously stated, "It tries to convey a very important message, therefore I'd like to become the character as perfectly as possible."

Anne, who already has the perfect long hair to portray 'Berra', commented, "The anime has a very dark atmosphere and retrospective world view. I hope I will be able portray her character well in reality."

Suzuki, who loves ghosts and monsters, can't wait to turn into one himself. He said, "I'm looking forward to what kind of costume and make-up I will be wearing. As usual, I will work very hard for this drama."

"Yokai Ningen Bem" will start in October and air every Saturday at 9pm.

Source: Sanspo

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