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Variety announced that iconoclast Japanese director Takashi Miike (“Audition,” “13 Assassins”) is set to direct a live-action adaptation of the manga “As God Says.” The “Battle Royale”-like premise involves a group of classmates playing a game in which the penalty is death: http://www.cityonfire.com/takashi-miike-to-direct-battle-royale-esque-as-god-says/

Some highlights from this Oricon article:

A rare absence of antis~ What’s behind the support for Kamiki Ryunosuke

Kamiki Ryunosuke has been getting more and more attention each year ever since he started as a child actor. He’s someone with the charms of an idol but also real talent, which puts him in a unique position.

Although known for his notable portrayal of dark and antagonistic characters, Kamiki excels in any role, including being an otaku in ’Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo’. He can even alter personalities in the same role, as he has credibly shown in last year’s drama ‘Henshin’, in which an innocent and truly kind young man turns vicious after a brain surgery. Furthermore, in the drama ‘Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari’, his character swaps bodies with an old man played by Yoshida Kotaro.

He recently starred in much discussed movies like ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ and ‘Kamisama no Iutoori’ getting people to recognize that he has become a great actor at 21.

It’s not rare that child actors come of age with an image change. But in Kamiki’s case, one reason behind his popularity is still having that pure image and angelic face. He’s popular both on TV and the internet, and it’s hard to find negative comments or hate towards him. 

In a recent drama ‘Gakkou no Kaidan’, he plays a mysterious genius speech writer. He makes viewers love him even when being S (sadistic) in his role.

FYI: I took the liberty of restructuring the paragraphs while summarizing what the writer is trying to say. I actually had reservations in posting this because the article doesn’t really say anything new, only applauding Kamiki’s likability (I remember articles from years ago which suggest that even the trolls at the infamous 2ch seem to like him). So sorry if this is a few days late. Much thanks to my friend Mana for helping with the translation. :)

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Kamisama no Iutoori finally premiered last Saturday and I run to watch it xD

The story: high school students across the country find themselves captured inside strange world where they have to play and most importantly, win in Japanese traditional children games in order to stay alive. Based on popular manga of the same name.

To my pleasant surprise, it wasn’t actually that bloody or disgusting, even Miike Takashi’s Aku no Kyoten was much more puke-inducing.

Daruma, maneki-neko, kokeshi dolls and other “creatures” that make students play (and violently kill the students who lost) are unexpectedly cute, cheeky and even likeable. They are CGI animated but look very natural and voiced very well too.

Story pace is quick and while there are hardly any mind-blowing twists the movie is entertaining enough. However, because it’s based on the manga it’s rather easy to spot who is “character with design” and who is just a secondary character to be killed off quickly in order to give our leads time to solve the puzzle and win the game.

Some actors are great others not so much but all in all it’s an ok level of acting. Sometani Shouta has a minor role but steals all the scenes he’s in (he’s type-casted again as a jaded and cynical guy). Kamiki Ryunosuke is also type-casted in his usual villain role but of course he owns every minute of it all the while looking badass and charismatic. Fukushi Sota's acting is not very expressive while his character is likeable but kind of plain (your typical harem-styled anime zero-personality lead).

The movie stops on an absolute WTF place so I guess they have a sequel in plans? Well, I certainly don’t mind :D The visual is very beautiful, the story is entertaining and I found myself liking it much more than I expected.