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Film Friday- The Wallflower

Film Friday- The Wallflower

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Nippon Animation adapted part of the manga series into a twenty-five episode anime series which aired on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi from October 3, 2006 through March 27, 2007. The anime adaptation has been licensed for Region 1 release by A.D. Vision, who paid $500,000. In 2008, The WallFlower became one of over 30 ADV titles whose North American rights were transferred to Funimation Entertainment.

Anime

Because the manga’s creator, Tomoko Hayakawa, is an avid admirer of J-Rock singer Kiyoharu, it was decided that Kiyoharu would perform the theme music for The Wallflower anime. His songs, “Slow” and “Carnation” play over the opening and ending themes, respectively. The songs were a collaboration between Kiyoharu and Takeshi Miyo. The background orchestral music was written by two respectable Japanese composers, Hiromi Mizutani and Yasuharu Takanashi.

The opening theme “Slow” plays over recycled footage from the first episode, and is more of a love ballad. Episode 14 onwards shows the second version of the opening sequence which portrays more original footages. Whether this change was made due to growing popularity or the initial reception is unknown.

The first closing theme, “Carnation”, the more upbeat of the two, is set to a small computer animation of Hiroshi dancing in the corner as the credits scroll up the page.

Changing, the second ending theme by Bon-Bon Blanco, presents the viewers with an even faster rhythm while preserving the use of computer animation (Hiroshi, Josephine and Akira dancing to the song) in the sequence.

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Live action drama

In the 18th issue of Bessatsu Friend, it was announced that a live action drama adaption of the manga has been green-lit for airing in January 2009. On November 30, the cast was announced for the live action drama. Actor and member of the J-pop group KAT-TUN, Kazuya Kamenashi stars as Kyohei, while actress Aya Ōmasa plays the lead role as Sunako. This is broadcast on TBS with the opening theme, KAT-TUN’s “Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki).” They added one more main character, Nakahara Takeru, the landlady’s son.

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Character Special- Kyohei Takano

Character Special- Kyohei Takano

The next best character and second main character for The Wallflower is Kyohei Takano! He’s great so learn a little more about him here-

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Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English) Live-Action: Kazuya Kamenashi.

The male protagonist of the series. While he says that all he cares about is getting free (or the lowest amount required to be paid) rent, he has a soft spot for Sunako and empathizes with her more so than the others. He is the most popular of the boys, and always has trouble keeping down a part-time job because his fans will chase after him, or his boss (male or female) will sexually harass him. Kyohei’s personality in the series often shown to be a fighter and dangerous one. Kyohei is cocky, short-tempered, and the only one tough enough to fight on the same level as Sunako. His hair is modeled after Tackey of Tackey & Tsubasa. He also tends to succumb to food and money. Since Sunako is the only girl who is able to understand his true personality regardless of his good looks, he gradually develops an obvious attraction towards her, even going as far as kissing her for no apparent reason. In latest chapters he seems to be aware of his feelings to at least a small degree, looking at a loss when it seems Sunako loves a guy (she doesn’t) and when witnessing said guy hugging a girl he rushes to find Sunako after buying chocolates ‘for himself’ (to console her- he doesn’t eat a single one). He seems to have softened towards her more in chapter 91, telling her she’s fine just the way she is when she’s upset, scolding her for lying on a dangerous place and telling the ‘old man’ who talked to her not to fill Sunako’s head with too many strange ideas, that he and the others would be worried if she went to the underworld.

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Character Special- Sunako Nakahara

Character Special- Sunako Nakahara

This is a favorite character from an incredible series and once again I feel the need to do a series of character studies of the two main characters Starting with Sunako Nakahara!

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Voiced by: Yukiko Takaguchi (Japanese); Hannah Alcorn (English) Portrayed by Aya Ōmasa in live-action drama.

Sunako Nakahara (中原 スナコ Nakahara Sunako?), the title character of the series, has an obsession with darkness and a morbid fascination with blood, horror movies, and similarly dark things but it wasn’t until she was rejected by her first love that she openly expressed it and became even more isolated from the rest of the world. She hates excessive light exposure and also does poorly in hot weather, though the latter is because she grew up in northern Japan. She has three “friends”; a skeleton called Josephine (with husband, sergeant George) and two anatomical figures named Hiroshi-kun and Akira-kun. While she suffers from severely low self-esteem, she is actually quite beautiful (most of her physical imperfections are a result of her self-imposed isolation from the world) and a frighteningly tough fighter, being able to lift someone twice her size with one hand, she is also surprisingly wise for someone her age and will give good advice to her friends (even if she doesn’t realize it). She is also shown to be quite blunt saying what is on her mind with no hesitation, unless she is asking the “radiant beings” for a favor. She is portrayed (mostly) throughout the manga in chibi form as a sort of visual metaphor for how she and others see herself; becoming beautiful when her mood becomes bold or confident. Somewhat surprisingly, she is a very good cook, very athletic, intelligent, and a good pianist. She refers to beautiful people as “creatures of light” and “ugly” people, such as herself, as “creatures of darkness”, in the translation in America. Whenever she sees a “creature of light”, she gets nosebleeds, and they’re usually severe when she sees Kyohei. Despite her negative attitude, once she is driven to do something, Sunako is quite capable of doing things that no one expects her to complete. There is also a possibility that she may have supernatural abilities i.e. plants wilting near her and windows shattering. She is also the niece of Mine Nakahara; she is called ” Auntie ” by Kyohei, Yuki, Ranmaru, and Takenaga.

Her relationship with Kyohei is somewhat unclear, saying that she always wants to kill him, and even going to the extent of turning into a lady temporarily to get him back. Her reason is that “she’s the only person who can kill him”. She has not, however, thought of or mentioned killing him for many chapters, not even after he kissed her. Recent chapters have seen her forget her first crush, and she is now more open to other people, including her peers and teachers at school. She’s also having less and less nosebleeds and though protests at first, doesn’t greatly mind spending time with Kyohei. During chapter 100, Sunako’s Curse, Sunako is seen kissing Kyohei (the first time she has initiated a kiss) after she put a curse on him, of living spirits. In the chapter A Present For You, she is seen giving Kyohei a hand-made present to remind him of the good memories with his mother. She also thinks of her housemates as more than just that, as stated in a previous chapter of the manga she thought that they were “Closest friends.” She is also shown to be very protective of her friends even going to the point of trying to murder or kill the person who hurt them (even if she does try to kill Kyohei).

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Manga Monday- The Wallflower

Manga Monday- The Wallflower

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The Wallflower (Yamato nadeshiko Shichi Henge, lit. “Perfect Girl Evolution”) is a manga series written by Tomoko Hayakawa. The individual chapters have been serialized in Bessatsu Friend since 2000, and in 36 tankōbon volumes in Japan by Kodansha. The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Del Rey Manga and in Singapore by Chuang Yi, under the name My Fair Lady. The series ended in January 2015 after 36 volumes.

The Wallflower is about a girl named Sunako who was called ugly by the first and only person to whom she confessed her love. This incident sparks a life change, and as a result Sunako shuns all forms of beauty, both in herself as well as in life. Concerned by her change for the worst, Sunako’s aunt, the owner of a huge mansion where four very handsome high school students live (for free), demands the boys to transform her niece into the “perfect lady,” and in return they will be able to continue living there for free. They are given a deadline and if they are unable to uphold their deal then they would have to either pay a lump sum of cash or vacate the premises.

While the four of them manage to make Sunako physically beautiful enough to become a lady, the problem lies with her attitude and interests (which Sunako has no intention of changing). Up until the most recent release in the story, they manage to convince Sunako’s aunt that her niece is indeed a lady befitting the mansion in which they live (and prevent the rent from skyrocketing to triple the required amount). However, in reality Sunako has not changed at all. Sunako has the tendency to spurt out in a nose bleed when seen by bright creatures, especially around Kyohei.

It is a humorous tale following Sunako and the four boys through unusual and ridiculous situations where Sunako is confronted with many unwanted experiences of being a lady, while also channeling the idea of self and beauty.

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