22 Japanese Movies Based on Manga Released in 2018! Including “Marmalade Boy” and “Laughing Under the Clouds”
01.02.2018-JP| Impossibility Defense (Funohan)
Impossibility Defense (2018) is a Japanese action drama mystery film based on the manga series “Funohan” written by Arata Miyatsuki and illustrated by Yuya Kanzaki, tells a contract killer Tadashi Usobuki (Tori Matsuzaka), and nobody knows about his past. He receives requests from clients who are filled with desire or hate. He carries out his work using methods like the power of suggestion which makes the killings nearly impossible to trace.
Impossibility Defense (2018) is distributed by Showgate, and irected by Kôji Shiraishi, with Junpei Yamaoka, Koji Shiraishi, Yûya Kanzaki and Arata Miyatsuki was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tori Matsuzaka, Erika Sawajiri, Mackenyu Arata, Shotaro Mamiya, Tet Wada, Tetsuya Sugaya, Sae Okazaki, Erina Mano, Shugo Oshinari, Kensei Mikami, Kyoka Minakami, Hiroki Konno, Akane Hotta, Sei Ashina, and Akiko Yada. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February 1, 2018.
03.02.2018-JP| The Scythian Lamb (Hitsuji no Ki)
The Scythian Lamb (2018) is a Japanese drama fantasy mystery thriller film based on the manga series “Hitsuji no Ki” written by Tatsuhiko Yamagami & illustrated by Mikio Igarashi, about 6 strangers who move into the decaying port city of Uobuka and the city clerk Hajime Tsukisue (Ryo Nishikido) receives an order to accept them. Around this time, Fumi (Fumino Kimura), who graduated from the same high school as Hajime, comes back to Uobuka. Something seems amiss about the 6 strangers. They act uncomfortably and do not look normal. They also have a suspicious companion.
Hajime learns more shocking details about the 6 strangers. These strangers are ex-prisoners who all committed murder. Due to a new parole system, the 6 prisoners are relocated to Uobuka. The residents are not supposed to know about their criminal backgrounds, but the residents’ lives begin to change due to the strangers.
The Scythian Lamb (2018) is distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment, and directed by Daihachi Yoshida, with Tatsuhiko Yamagami and Mikio Igarashi was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Ryo Nishikido, Fumino Kimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Yuka, Mikako Ichikawa, Shingo Mizusawa, Min Tanaka, Ryuhei Matsuda, and Tamae Ando. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February 3, 2018.
24.02.2018-JP| Does The Flower Bloom (Hana wa Saku ka)
Does The Flower Bloom (2018) is a Japanese drama film based on the manga series Hana wa Saku ka by Shoko Hidaka, about Kazuaki Sakurai (Hironari Amano), a 37-year-old man working at an advertising agency. For a CM shooting, he goes to a beautiful house. At the house, he meets Yoichi Mizukawa (Tsurugi Watanabe) while he is painting a picture. Yoichi Mizukawa is a 19-year-old art student. He lives with his cousins in the big old house. Kazuaki Sakurai becomes attracted to Yoichi Mizukawa. Meanwhile, Yoichi Mizukawa is only interested paining, but he begins to take an interest in Kazuaki Sakurai. The two men get closer, but Kazuaki Sakurai gets transferred to Osaka.
Does The Flower Bloom (2018) is distributed by Toei Video. Directed by Kaori Tanimoto, with Shoko Hidaka and Natsuko Takahashi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Tsurugi Watanabe and Hironari Amano. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February 24, 2018.
*.2.2018-JP| River’s Edge (Ribazu Ejji)
River’s Edge (2018) is a Japanese comedy film based on the manga series of the same title by Kyoko Okazaki, tells about Haruna Wakagusa (Fumi Nikaido), a high school student who lives with her mother. Ichiro Yamada (Ryo Yoshizawa) is “gay” and Haruna’s classmate. He is bullied at school, but Haruna sticks up for Ichiro. They become intimate and Ichiro tells Haruna his secret. He found a dead body along the riverside. A new body is soon found.
River’s Edge (2018) is produced by Kinoshita Group, and distributed by Kino Films (Japan); Kinoshita Group (Japan). Directed by Isao Yukisada, with Kyôko Okazaki and Misaki Setoyama was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Fumi Nikaido, Ryo Yoshizawa, Aoi Morikawa, Shuhei Uesugi, Sumire, and Shiori Doi. The film premiere(d) in Japan on February, 2018.
03.03.2018-JP| Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island (2018) is a Japanese action adventure children’s drama film based on manga series Doraemon written and illustrated by Fujiko F. Fujio and a Treasure Island novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, tells about the adventures of Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo set out in the Caribbean Sea. Nobita is the captain of a ship and fights his enemies on board. Shizuka gets kidnapped, and a storm impedes their journey. Mini-Dora help Nobita and friends on their journey. When the adventurers finally find the mysterious Treasure Island, they discover it is more than just an ordinary island.
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island (2018) is produced by Shin-Ei Animation, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Kazuaki Imai, with Fujiko Fujio and Genki Kawamura was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Wasabi Mizuta, Megumi Ohara, Yumi Kakazu, Tomokazu Seki, and Subaru Kimura. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 3, 2018.
03.03.2018-JP| Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love
Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance film based on the manga series “Principal” by Ryo Ikuemi, about Shima Sumitomo (Yuina Kuroshima) lived with mother, after her parents divorced. She felt uncomfortable living with her stepfather and she was unable to hang out with people at her high school. Shima Sumitomo decides to move to Hokkaido where her father lives. At her new high school in Hokkaido, she meets classmate Gen Tatebayashi (Nozomu Kotaki) and Wao Sakurai (Mahiro Takasugi). They are the two most popular boys at her school. A principle of her school is that “Gen and Wao are for everyone.” If anyone breaks the rule, that person will be ostracized. Shima Sumitomo gets closer to Gen and Wao.
Principal: Am I a Heroine Who Is In Love (2018) is directed by Tetsuo Shinohara, with Ryo Ikuemi and Yukiko Mochiji was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Yuina Kuroshima, Nozomu Kotaki, Mahiro Takasugi, Rina Kawaei, Mizuki Tanimura, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Mashiro Ayano, Shiori Ishikawa, Sawa Suzuki, Miho Shiraishi, Kumi Nakamura, and Hiroyuki Morisaki. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 3, 2018.
10.03.2018-JP| Kids on the Slope
Kids on the Slope (2018) is a Japanese drama historical musical romance film based on the manga series Sakamichi no Apollon by Yuki Kodama, tells Kaoru Nishimi (Yuri Chinen), moves out to Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan because of his father’s work. He is a first grade high school student with an introverted personality. He meets classmates Sentaro Kawabuchi (Taishi Nakagawa), who is labelled as a disorderly student, and Ritsuko Mukae (Nana Komatsu), who is a beautiful student. Kaoru Nishimi falls in love with beautiful Ritsuko Mukae. Kaoru Nishimi is talented with the piano, but he only plays classics. Due to Ritsuko Mukae, Kaoru Nishimi begins to play jazz. To make this movie successful, Yuri Chinen has practiced playing the piano since September, 2016 to play Kaoru Nishimi. Taishi Nakagawa played the drums for approximately one year while in elementary school and he began practicing the drums since July, 2017 to play Sentaro Kawabuchi.
Kids on the Slope (2018) is distributed by Toho; Asmik Ace Entertainment, and directed by Takahiro Miki, with Yuki Kodama and Izumi Takahashi was applies as writer(s). Cast for the main characters in the film include(s): Yuri Chinen, Taishi Nakagawa, Nana Komatsu, Erina Mano, Yorie Yamashita Hokuto Matsumura Toru Nomaguchi Baijaku Nakamura, and Dean Fujioka. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 10, 2018.
17.03.2018-JP| Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru Conclusion)
Chihayafuru Part 3 (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance sports film based on the manga series Chihayafuru by Yuki Suetsugu, as the third and final installment in Chihayafuru trilogy. Story takes place 2 years after “Chihayafuru Part 2” and Chihaya (Suzu Hirose) is now a high school senior. Chihayafuru has won 2 Manga Taishō (annual Japanese manga award) in 2009.
Chihayafuru Part 3 (2018) is produced by Robot, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Norihiro Koizumi, with Yuki Suetsugu and Norihiro Koizumi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Suzu Hirose, Shūhei Nomura, Mackenyu Arata, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yūma Yamoto, Yūki Morinaga, Hiroya Shimizu, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyuki Matsuda, and Jun Kunimura. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 17, 2018.
21.03.2018-JP| Laughing Under the Clouds (Donten ni warau)
Laughing Under the Clouds (2018) is a Japanese live-action adventure fantasy historical film based on the manga series Donten ni Warau by Karakara-Kemuri, set after the Meiji Restoration in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, lives the Kumo family, who succeeds the Kumo shrine, have 3 sons. The eldest son is Tenka ( Sota Fukushi), the second is Soramaru and the youngest Chutaro. The 3 brothers attempt to block the power of Orochi. Is a giant snake with enormous power. The giant snake revives once every 300 years and brings disaster to the people. This year is the year of Orochi’s revival.
Meanwhile, special forces Yamainu try to seal again the power of Orochi to bring peace to Japan, but the ninja group “Anyaku” from the Fuma clan begin their move to gain the power of Orochi to overthrow the government. Surrounding the Orochi’s revival a three-way battle takes place between the brothers, special forces Yamainu and ninja group Anyaku from Fuma clan.
Laughing Under the Clouds (2018) is produced by At Movie; Shochiku Company; Shochiku Studio Co., and distributed by Shochiku Company (Japan). Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro, with Kemuri Karakara and Yûya Takahashi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Sota Fukushi, Yuma Nakayama, Yuki Furukawa, Ren Kiriyama, Shunsuke Daito, Yuta Koseki, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Masaki Kaji, and Kirato Wakayama. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 21, 2018.
Honey (2018) is a Japanese comedy drama romance film based on the manga series “Honey” by Amu Meguro, tells Nao Kogure (Yuna Taira), a shy and cute high school student. One day, Taiga Onise (Sho Hirano) asks her “would you like to date with me on the promise that we will get married?” Nao Kogure is unable to turn down his proposal, because she is scared of him. Taiga has red hair and piercing eyes. His appearance gives off the impression that he is a bad boy, but he is actually considerate to others and good at cooking. After getting to know Taiga Onise, Nao Kogure begins to have feelings for him.
Honey (2018) is distributed by Toei; Showgate, and directed by Koji Shintoku, with Amu Meguro was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Sho Hirano, Yuna Taira, Ryusei Yokohama, Kaho Mizutani, Nana Asakawa, Gaku Sano, Asami Usuda, Shinobu Nakayama, Yu Takahashi, and Tadashi Sakata. The film premiere(d) in Japan on March 31, 2018.
*.04.2018-JP| Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ (Kureyon Shinchan: Bakumori! Kanfū Bōizu ~Rāmen Tairan~)
Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ (2018) is a Japanese action comedy drama Sci-fi film based on the manga series Crayon Shin-chan written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui, depictured Shin-chan all set to challenge Kung Fu in the Chinatown of Kasukabe city, known as “Aiyā Town”. Shinnosuke and Kasukabe Defence Group are going to put up a totally no-stunt Kung Fu challenge on the stage. It is the 26th film of the popular comedy manga and anime series Crayon Shin-chan.
Crayon Shin-chan: Burst Serving! Kung Fu Boys ~Ramen Rebellion~ (2018) is produced by Shin-Ei Animation; TV Asahi; ADK; Futabasha, and distributed by Toho. Directed by Wataru Takahashi, with Kimiko Ueno and Yoshito Usui was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Akiko Yajima and Miki Narahashi. The film premiere(d) in Japan on April 2018.