The live-action adaptation of the manga BL Metamorphosis (Metamorphose no Engawa in Japanese) by Kaori Tsurutani is hitting Japanese theaters tomorrow, June 17. As a last bit of promotional push, Nikkatsu has released a video that first shows a scene from the movie, then concludes with a trailer.
In the scene, main character Urara speaks with a friend about another girl.
Tomorrow will additionally mark the Hulu streaming premiere of Kimi no Koto dake Miteitai (translated as I Only Want to Keep Looking at You), the series based on the BL manga in BL Metamorphosis.
Looking toward the cast of BL Metamorphosis, Mana Ashida plays Urara and Nobuko Miyamoto plays Ichinoi. Kyōhei Takahashi, Kotone Furukawa, Tomoko Ikuta, Ken Mitsuishi, Yuki Shioya, Taeko Itō, Asumi Kikuchi, and Shūtarō Ōoka round out the cast. It’s being directed by Shunsuke Kariyama, and Yoshikazu Okada has written the screenplay. It’s being produced by Hidehiro Kawano, Yutaka Tanito, and Hiroko Ōgura.
Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the original BL Metamorphosis manga in English, and gave this description of the first volume:
“Ichinoi, a 75-year-old woman living a peaceful life, unwittingly buys a Boy’s Love Manga ONE day…and is fascinated by what she finds inside. When she returns to the bookstore to buy the next volume, the high school girl working there–Urara, a seasoned BL fan–notices a budding fangirl when she sees one. When Urara offers to help Ichinoi explore this whole new world of fiction, the two dive into BL fandom together, and form an unlikely friendship along the way.”
The manga debuted in 2017, and concluded in 2020. The 2019 Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook put it on the top of their list for manga aimed for female readers, and it got the 2019 Japan Media Arts Festival Awards’ New Face Award.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.