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My Brother’s Husband Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series Adaptation

My Brother's HusbandGay manga My Brother’s Husband will be getting a live-action TV series adaptation in March 2018.

The series will run for three episodes on Japan’s NHK Premium, it was reported Tuesday.

My Brother’s Husband, written by Gengoroh Tagame, is a manga that deals with the prejudice faced by members of the LGBTQ community in Japan. It’s the story of single dad Yaichi and Mike, a Canadian who was married to Yaichi’s twin brother Ryoji before he passed away.

The series will star Ryuta Sato as Yaichi and Baruto Kaito, a former sumo wrestler from Estonia, as Mike.

Manga author Tagame commented, “while I was writing the manga, I wanted as many people as possible to read it. In the last few years, gay marriage has been legalized in countries all over the world, and it may happen someday in Japan too. When that happens, it would be a shame if people were not aware of gay issues… that’s why I welcomed it being turned into a series.”

Here’s how Penguin Random House describes the original manga:

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.

Source: Comic Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.