My Neighbor Seki & Rumi's Phenomenon's Live-Action Show Casts Fumika Shimizu as Yokoi
Drama based on 2 different manga to premiere in July
Manga news website Comic Natalie reported on Friday that Fumika Shimizu (HK/Hentai Kamen, Mare) will play Rumi Yokoi in Tonari no Seki-kun to Rumi-chan no Jishō (My Neighbor Seki and Rumi’s Phenomenon) — the live-action television series that will adapt Takuma Morishige’s My Neighbor Seki manga and Katsunori Hara’s Rumi’s Phenomenon (Rumi-chan no Jishō) manga.
Yokoi is the lead female character of My Neighbor Seki. She sits next to Seki in class and is frequently distracted by the games he plays on his desk.
Each of the eight 30-minute episodes in the program will be split in half between My Neighbor Seki and Rumi’s Phenomenon. Even though the two manga were created separately, they both happen to have heroines named Rumi. The first episode will premiere on July 26 at 24:50 (effectively July 27 at 12:30 a.m.) on MBS. The show will also air on Tuesdays on TBS.
Yūtarō Watanabe, who made his debut in the Itsutsu Kazoreba Kimi no Yume film, will star as Toshinari Seki, or Seki-kun in the My Neighbor Seki half of the show. Shiori Tomita, a singer and the fifth MC of the variety show saku saku, will play Rumi Ikuno, or Rumi-chan in the Rumi’s Phenomenon half of the show.
Toru Hosokawa (Polar Bear’s Café, Baka Mukashi Banashi Gekijōban ~Jijii Wars~) is writing the My Neighbor Seki half of the television series and directing it with Katsutoshi Hirabayashi. Shō Tsukikawa (episodes of All Esper Dayo!/Minna! Esper Dayo!) is writing the Rumi-chan no Jishō half and directing it with Yasuyuki Fukasako. The studio Dub is producing both parts of the series.