Grand Blue Dreaming Manga Now A Live-Action Comedy!

Kodansha announced on Wednesday that Kenji Inoue and Kimitaka Yoshioka’s Grand Blue Dreaming comedy manga is inspiring a live-action film that will open in Japan in early summer 2020. Tsutomu Hanabusa (live-action 3D Kanojo Real Girl, Kakegurui, Asahinagu) is directing the film with the production company “THEFOOL,” and Warner Bros. Japan is distributing.

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Inoue and Yoshioka launched the manga in Kodansha’s Good! Afternoon magazine in April 2014. Kodansha published the manga’s 13th volume on July 5th and will publish the 14th volume on Friday. Crunchyroll is also releasing chapters of the manga as they debut in Japan.


After moving out on his own to a seaside town, Iori Kitahara makes a college debut he never anticipated. A new chapter of his life unfolds, full of diving with beautiful girls and shenanigans with a gaggle of lovable bastards! Idiot-expert Kenji Inoue and au naturel authority Kimitake Yoshioka bring you a glorious college tale filled with booze-fueled antics!

Statement Translation (Translation may not be fully accurate)

The reason why there are many Japanese films with similar themes these days is because there is a tendency for “movies that customers like”, and their production is performed with the best expectations. With recent excellent research, it seems that the accuracy of determining what kind of movie the customer wants to watch is increasing. This movie “Granbulu” made in such an era, I think that such research would be indistinguishable. Overwhelming foreign body feeling, overwhelming foolishness, and overwhelming men … I was deeply impressed with this overwhelming visual sensation, and I wanted to make a film of this work that cannot be measured with numbers because it is now in its heyday of research. It is often said when making a movie that “the director is famous” or “the actor should be popular”, but the movie is worried by the original official that “Is it really okay?” Is about “Granbulu”. After that, make this wonderful original with the best director and cast to make a live-action work without compromising. The director couldn’t have come up with anything other than English. The only Japanese director who can be entrusted with an unrestricted direction without any restrictions is the only one. The cast will be announced from now on, but since we are almost barely challenging the work, please continue to look forward to it.

Executive Producer Daisuke Sekiguchi

Source: “Grand Blue” live-action film official website / Twitter / Comic Natalie

© Kenji Inoue, Kimitake Yoshioka/KODANSHA ©2020 Movie “Grand Blue” Production Committee

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