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Simon
2010-03-25, 08:44
This thread is to discuss your expectations of the Maria-sama ga Miteru Live-Action Movie (due for release in the Autumn of 2010) and to speculate as to what story elements will be used.

A discussion thread (with poll) will be created when the movie is actually released (AnimeSuki would consider it currently as unlicensed) so please use this thread to discuss your expectations of the announced movie.
<end of edit by Mod (xris)>

Not 100% official yet, but we may need a thread for the Autumn 2010 live-action movie (http://cobalt.shueisha.co.jp/salon/data/vol044_front.pdf) (4MB PDF, in Japanese).

EDIT: The key text is in the black box about halfway down the page: 「マリア様がみてる」 2010年秋実写映画化決定

Link taken from Yuri na Hibi (http://blog.livedoor.jp/yuri_amagasa/archives/52457385.html).

mitsuganae
2010-03-25, 13:51
Also reported on ANN:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-03-24/maria-sama-ga-miteru-novels-have-live-action-film-listed

Let the speculation begin. My initial wild guess: a movie version of the first arc.

Update:

According to ANN (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-04-01/maria-sama-ga-miteru-live-action-film-casted), Yumi will be played by Honoka Miki, and Sachiko by Haru.

sa547
2010-04-08, 00:40
Also reported on ANN:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-03-24/maria-sama-ga-miteru-novels-have-live-action-film-listed

Let the speculation begin. My initial wild guess: a movie version of the first arc.

Update:

According to ANN (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-04-01/maria-sama-ga-miteru-live-action-film-casted), Yumi will be played by Honoka Miki, and Sachiko by Haru.

Okay, let's add these, too:

http://www.mariasama-movie.jp/index.html
http://www.mikihonoka.com/

Simon
2010-04-12, 01:46
Okay, let's add these, too:

http://www.mariasama-movie.jp/index.html
http://www.mikihonoka.com/

And further info from Okazu (http://okazu.blogspot.com/2010/04/yuri-network-news-april-10-2010.html):

Work has begun on a live action film version of Konno Oyuki’s popular teen novel series Maria-sama ga Miteru. Starring Miki Honoka (未来穂香 [born March 7th 1997, a resident of Chiba]), a model attached to the fashion magazine Love Berry; and Haru (波瑠 [born June 17th 1991, a resident of Tokyo]), a model attached to the fashion magazine Seventeen.

[Lots of good stuff omitted, follow the link to see it.]

Maria-sama ga Miteru will be distributed by Jolly Roger and open in theaters [in Japan] this autumn.

(Originally from Eiga.com News (http://eiga.com/buzz/20100401/2/), translation by senbei)

OK, we have an official site and some reasonably substantial information. Mods, can it be thread time now please?

mitsuganae
2010-04-27, 17:21
It seems like requests for a movie thread are like screams into the abyss. For those few still interested, the main cast has been revealed (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-04-26/live-action-maria-sama-ga-miteru-main-cast-presented).

inisipis
2010-04-29, 13:27
I've look into the pics of Actresses that will play in it. They all look so cute. Good choice for Yumi and Yoshino. Still not convinced for the actress that will play Sachiko though. And where is Shimako?

My guess is the movie will be a retelling of first three episodes. Since almost all Anime turned live-action always turns as a new retelling of the old story.

Simon
2010-05-01, 01:08
And where is Shimako?
Mmm, I wondered the same thing... If they mis-cast the White Roses there shall be nerd rage the likes of which hasn't been seen since Phantom Menace!

My guess is the movie will be a retelling of first three episodes. Since almost all Anime turned live-action always turns as a new retelling of the old story.
Yeah, there's a lot of story to cover and the fact that we don't see Touko or Noriko suggests they might just follow the first few volumes. After all, why make one film when you can sell a whole series of them?

It'll be interesting to see how they merge the books into one continuous movie. I mean both the anime episodes and the drama CDs have breaks between them, so they fit the structure of the novels, but a two-hour movie is a different sort of beast.

supei_02
2010-05-21, 07:15
I've look into the pics of Actresses that will play in it. They all look so cute. Good choice for Yumi and Yoshino. Still not convinced for the actress that will play Sachiko though. And where is Shimako?

My guess is the movie will be a retelling of first three episodes. Since almost all Anime turned live-action always turns as a new retelling of the old story.

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/3953/2010052191057pm.png

I just happened to pass by the movie site and found that they've chosen the cast for Shimako. Looking forward to how she'll look in the movie..

SapphiredTenshi
2010-07-20, 17:51
I'm really looking forward to watching this movie! I have a lot of hardcore Marimite anime friends out there who are adamant about not watching it, but I'm excited! There aren't many live action movies out there within this genre.

sa547
2010-08-25, 05:53
Let's see... According to Cobalt's website ( http://cobalt.shueisha.co.jp/ ), based on the banner they put up, the premiere is set on November 6 (subject to change).

And, what else I have here? Ah, yes, here's two of these scans from this blog (http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/category21-1.html):
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d135/soulassassin547/marimite/th_100705_maria_01.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d135/soulassassin547/marimite/100705_maria_01.jpg)http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d135/soulassassin547/marimite/th_100705_maria_02.jpg (http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d135/soulassassin547/marimite/100705_maria_02.jpg)

Addendum: Big deal of updates here:
http://community.livejournal.com/gardenofmaidens/233293.html

Simon
2010-08-28, 23:59
And, what else I have here? Ah, yes, here's two of these scans from this blog (http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/category21-1.html)
御疲れ様!

*pre-orders guidebook (http://www.amazon.co.jp/o/ASIN/4087805751/tenslives-22)*

darkchibi07
2010-09-07, 14:31
Trailer is out!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtjdW4bMfzQ

I say this sums it up:

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/7919/1283887291038.th.jpg (http://img16.imageshack.us/i/1283887291038.jpg/)

mitsuganae
2010-09-08, 15:40
It's too bad that a live action adaptation will inevitably have trouble with Yumi's thousand faces -- that's the sort of thing anime was made for. Well, maybe if Yumi were played by Jim Carrey . . .

Simon
2010-10-07, 17:44
Just got my movie guide book (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gokigenyou/dp/4087805751) and November issue of Cobalt (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gokigenyou/dp/B004354ASQ) from Amazon. The guide book is pretty: its 100 glossy pages include lots of cast and scene photos, actor comments, a section comparing movie scenes to the original illustrations in the novels, a few pages of Hibiki Reine's art, an extended discussion between Konno Oyuki, Miki Honoka and Haru, and an interview with director Terauchi Kōtarō (who I hadn't realised until now directed the live-action adaptation of Tonari no 801-chan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonari_no_801-chan)). Even if you can't read a word of Japanese it's well worth any Marimite fan's Y1000.

From the credits listing at the back we learn that the movie theme song is Heavenly Days by CooRie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CooRie) (it's also the title track of her next album (http://www.lantis.jp/new-release/data.php?id=02b00897056af804467ac7b88f537507)). And in a case of life imitating art, the movie version of Maria-sama no Kokoro is sung by the choir of a real Catholic girls' school, Caritas College (http://www.caritas.ed.jp/) in Kawasaki.

November's Cobalt comes with a 16-minute "making of" DVD that starts with a couple of movie trailers then has lots of random behind-the-scenes stuff. We get to see the cast rehearsing and horsing around between shots - if this preview is anything to go by, expect the waltz scene to play a big part in the movie. There are also some good views of the setting including the Yamayurikai building, and of course food features prominently :)

Cobalt also has the Konno / Miki / Haru chat from the guidebook, and a new short story (「卒業式まで」 Sotsugyōshiki made "Until Graduation"). I haven't sat down with a dictionary to try reading it yet, but like the other recent short stories it seems to be about Lillian students we haven't met before.

sa547
2010-10-11, 08:21
Dunno why the comm somehow got a bit silent, but Odette delivered the goods again. :)

http://community.livejournal.com/gardenofmaidens/236494.html

While Miki was real damn cute, Haru knocked me out real good. One thing's for sure: the way I look at Sachiko will never be the same again, and I think I really like her (http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/category21-1.html). :D

http://jollyroger.jp/news/2010/04/post-302.php
Damn! :D

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EDIT: More stuff, cross-posted from the LJ comm (http://community.livejournal.com/gardenofmaidens/236747.html)...

The mag now includes a DVD of the making of the live-action movie, and just follow the link below:
http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/blog-entry-3119.html

Pic 1: Haru (Sachiko) bunching up with the rest of the cast.
Pic 2: Tsutako (Alice Hirose) glomps Yumi.
Pic 3: Before the Play.
Pic 4: Riho Takagi as Shimako.
Pic 5: Kaoru Hinata as Yoko.
Pic 6: Miki (Yumi) having a cocoa/tea break.
Pic 7: Haru feels like having a blast!
Pic 8: Yumi turns around and...
Pic 9: Karen Takizawa as Sei, brooding a bit.
Pic 10: Nana Akiyama as Eriko, slightly goofy. xD
Pic 11: Rikako Sakata as Rei, looking worried.
Pic 12: Riho (Shimako) with that dewy look. Wonder if she could match Mamiko Noto in the voice department.
Pic 13: Hitomi Miyake (Yoshino), in the same quiet state as her first episode persona.
Pic 14: Our favorite shutterbug just ready to shoot.
Pic 15: "Onee-sama..."
Pic 16: "Yes?"
Pic 17: I wonder if that's the scene when she and Yumi were alone at the auditorium.
Pic 18: Made of awe and win: a WAFF moment when she cries her heart out.

Anyone getting this issue would be real lucky; a collector's item! :D

EDIT: OMG, there's more? Yep, this is the CM:
http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/blog-entry-3093.html

And more pictures? YEAH!

mitsuganae
2010-10-15, 07:48
One thing I've been wondering about lately is whether the film will follow the novels and state outright that Suguru is gay, or take the anime's route and leave the question somewhat open. To me, a "romantic" rejection (even if only implied) would sting more than a rejection due to sexual preference. Each possibility colours Sachiko's misandry somewhat differently.

Then again, maybe I'm just overthinking.

sa547
2010-11-05, 12:41
All right, people, everything's all set for tonight's premiere (November 6).

For me, it remains to see if the film adaptation would remain true to the book, or follow the anime adaptation... or try a different twist. Our mileage may ultimately vary on the film's outcome, and how well the cast would deliver the goods, but then, who knows?

But I'm looking forward to watch this.


By the way, a few more links of interest:

Jolly Roger:
http://jollyroger.jp/news/2010/11/post-438.php - artwork, I think. :)
http://jollyroger.jp/news/2010/11/post-437.php - Flash-powered CM
http://jollyroger.jp/news/2010/10/post-436.php - tie-in promo with Curemaid Cafe

tenslives:
http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/blog-entry-3135.html - tie-in with http://www.bijint.com/jp/
http://tenslives.blog70.fc2.com/blog-entry-3131.html - a few more close-in pics of the cast, along with short bios.

Cobalt:
http://cobalt.shueisha.co.jp/fair10/index.html - movie tie-in promo, I think.


Finally, the Flash animation CM:
http://www.mariasama-movie.jp/mannerCM.html
Well, Kana Ueda and Miki Ito are back. :D Will anyone translate this CM (marked with an encircled "1", "2" and "3")?

Simon
2010-11-07, 02:23
Erica Friedman's verdict (http://okazu.blogspot.com/2010/11/marimie-movie-and-precure-movie-report.html) is "unexpectedly excellent". 855san on 2ch (http://yuzuru.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/anime2/1280232478/842-) says the audience was a real variety of people, and somewhere between a quarter and a third female (so not just creepy otaku guys!) I actually expected to see more discussion on 2ch by now - maybe I'm not looking in the right place?

And those animated CMs are seriously cute :)

sa547
2010-11-07, 13:22
Perhaps most of the 2ch boys are preoccupied with something else.

Okay, post-event, here's some blog entries from the cast (JP -- needs translation, but some have phone snaps):

Haru (Sachiko) - http://yahoo-mbga.jp/12715926/diary/769820624
http://yahoo-mbga.jp/12715926/diary/766965558
Miki (Yumi) - http://www.mikihonoka.com/blog/?id=1289057301
Karen (Sei) - http://yahoo-mbga.jp/25000012/diary/769973586
http://yahoo-mbga.jp/25000012/diary/769706190
Riho (Shimako) - http://ameblo.jp/takada-riho/day-20101106.html
Nana (Eriko) - http://ameblo.jp/1989x12x26/entry-10698592687.html
Rikako (Rei) - http://www.rikakofc.com/blog/?id=1289055283
http://www.rikakofc.com/blog/?id=1289009199
Hitomi (Yoshino) - http://blog.watanabepro.co.jp/miyakehitomi/archives/2010/11/post_3077.html
Alice (Tsutako) - http://yahoo-mbga.jp/33989828/diary/769734584

Of course, we don't forget Kana Ueda:
http://blog-edge.com/uedakana/index.php?eid=1489
http://blog-edge.com/uedakana/index.php?eid=1482

..and a news article:
http://journal.mycom.co.jp/news/2010/11/07/012/

Oh yeah, the one playing Kashiwagi... :lol:
http://journal.mycom.co.jp/photo/news/2010/11/07/012/images/002l.jpg

aoi_azzura
2010-11-14, 03:44
my only question will be : when will the DVDs ships out?
because clearly watching it on theater is not an option for me.
:confused:

and some blogs reviewed this movie rather well.
which can only be a very good thing.

sa547
2010-11-14, 05:25
^
The flick is still running on most theaters, so maybe in a space of six months there should be some DVDs. Indeed, after watching it twice Friedman has given the live-action adaptation high marks (initially).

I'll not be surprised if Nozomi/TRSI decides to license this in the near future.


By the way, anybody living in-country have some luck going after the promos:
http://tokimekimall.jp/category/entagon/130018_marimite/rirrian.html
http://tokimekimall.jp/window/1009maria/campaign.html

aoi_azzura
2010-11-16, 23:19
6 month huh... better make a reminder then :(
hopefully i won't forget about it when it matters :D

Simon
2010-11-26, 00:06
I'll not be surprised if Nozomi/TRSI decides to license this in the near future.
Yeah, hopefully the anime DVDs have sold well enough that they'll consider it a good investment. Not to mention that a live-action movie could reach an audience who'd never buy anime.

By the way, anybody living in-country have some luck going after the promos
I managed to snarf the booklet and clear file (http://www.hikari.org.nz/stuff/otaku/mariasama/marimite_eiga_extras.jpg) and a poster (http://www.hikari.org.nz/stuff/otaku/mariasama/marimite_eiga_poster.jpg) from YJ (http://auctions.search.yahoo.co.jp/search?ei=UTF-8&p=%E3%83%9E%E3%83%AA%E3%82%A2%E6%A7%98%E3%81%8C%E3 %81%BF%E3%81%A6%E3%82%8B+%E6%98%A0%E7%94%BB&auccat=0&tab_ex=commerce&mode=1), although it proved ridiculously expensive. But sometimes you just gotta do these things, right? It's hard to make out in the pic but the "secret episode" is titled 「Are You レディ?」 ("Are You Ready?").

What I want for Christmas is one of those tapestries (http://www.mariasama-movie.jp/index.html#/goods/others) they're advertising. The image is from the April 2005 cover (http://www.hikari.org.nz/stuff/otaku/mariasama/cobalt_200504_cover.jpg) of Cobalt and it's probably my second favourite cover illustration after April 2008's happy Touko (http://www.hikari.org.nz/stuff/otaku/mariasama/cobalt_200804_cover.jpg).

sa547
2010-11-30, 10:29
Now that's awesome. :) But... Good God, more resources... Need extra help translating because these girls might offer some insights in the production or something.

Haru/Sa-chan
http://www.dd-magazine.net/2010/10/sp_24.html

Alice/Tsutako
http://www.dd-magazine.net/2010/11/sp_25.html

SapphiredTenshi
2010-12-14, 07:27
This is the only thing I look forward to watching! At first many of my friends had negative reactions of this adaptation, but reviews have been positive. Now they all want to watch it! Hahaha!

*tries to bury her impatience*

Sinestra
2010-12-14, 10:15
Im actually very interested in seeing this since i love the novels and the anime so much. Since my Japanese is still only elementary im hoping someone decides to sub it.

Garigari-kun
2011-01-09, 20:25
^
If theres a person who will going to sub it.. I will wait for it XDD

Simon
2011-04-08, 19:06
The movie will be released on BD/DVD (http://www.mariasama-movie.jp/blu-ray_dvd_information.html) on July 29th. If I'm reading the text right, the two-disc set will include a Yumi blanket to snuggle in (祐巳のもふもふブランケット - apparently mofumofu means "fluffy").

You know you want one :p

tryllevegg
2011-04-28, 10:26
Hopefully a fansub group will pick it up, or maybe it will even get licensed for English release? *crosses fingers* I'm really interested in seeing this movie. :)

Simon
2011-05-28, 05:49
...And it's up for pre-order:

CD Japan: Deluxe Edition (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LPMM-3) - Standard Edition BD (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LPMM-2) - Standard Edition DVD (http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=LPMM-1)

Amazon: Deluxe Edition (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gokigenyou/dp/B0052ROE1M) - Standard Edition BD (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gokigenyou/dp/B0052ROE12) - Standard Edition DVD (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gokigenyou/dp/B0052ROE26)

Or if you know someone in Japan you can order through the official site (http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/shopdd/mariasama-sp.html) and get a bonus set of postcards illustrated by Hibiki Reine.

sa547
2011-06-06, 02:01
Thanks for the updates, Simon. :) I'll just have to wait within two months and...

sa547
2011-07-28, 07:15
So tomorrow's the release of the BD and the DVD. My body's ready.

firehawk12
2011-08-12, 01:26
Anyone have a chance to watch this?

Simon
2011-08-13, 04:41
Anyone have a chance to watch this?

Gah, mine's been delayed somewhere between the store and the deputy service I'm using - I should have just bought it from Amazon, but I really wanted those postcards... All going well it should ship along with the Hibiki Reine goodies (http://lockerz.com/s/128860576) I hope to acquire from this weekend's Comiket.

firehawk12
2011-08-29, 01:48
Please let us know how it is!

Yaya-chan
2011-09-07, 09:40
oh must find this!

sa547
2011-09-08, 03:15
It's been too long. Someone has yet to pick it up.

Fate-chan
2011-09-14, 05:18
I desperately want to watch this. @_@

sa547
2011-09-17, 01:43
Checked Okazu today, and Erica explained why: one of her contributors said it was hard to find the discs in stores because retailers ran out of them due to massive pre-orders (WTH? But that's astonishing!). However, the discs are still available for sale and in stock on Amazon JP.

http://okazu.blogspot.com/2011/09/live-action-maria-sama-ga-miteru-movie.html

Fate-chan
2011-09-17, 21:40
Massive pre-orders, eh? Wow, that explains why I haven't found it anywhere yet. *sigh* If only the DVD/BD comes with English subs, I would buy it on the spot no matter the cost. Sadly, I can't speak Japanese at all (I can only understand when I hear little bits of words and phrases) and if ever I will buy either the DVD/BD, I would have to ask someone to translate it for me. >.<

Phantasmagoria
2011-09-24, 03:12
It's still nowhere to be found ): And it seems that there's no longer any more stocks available. Saddddd.

Fate-chan
2011-09-28, 02:50
http://i51.tinypic.com/23u6ebm.png

I'm always checking everyday to search for it... I hope someone would be kind enough to share it with subs.

O please, hear our plea! We'd be grateful!

Yaya-chan
2011-10-08, 10:35
Finally it is out! :hyper-^v^:

http://www.nyaa.eu/?page=download&tid=251034

sa547
2011-10-09, 12:31
My body and internet connection is ready. :D

Fate-chan
2011-10-09, 15:33
http://r28.imgfast.net/users/2814/31/88/00/smiles/11859.gif

OMG YAY!! Thanks for informing us!

sa547
2011-10-17, 11:49
Finally, I got to watch it. :D Yep, the movie includes scenes from the light novel that the original TV version had left out.

Postscript:

As I'm reading this blog entry (http://aramatheydidnt.livejournal.com/698302.html) announcing the adaptation made more than a year before, well, my general assessment of the film was that of happy satisfaction, in which the flick was faithful to the original light novel.

First off, whoever did the casting did his/her homework properly (presumably read the LNs and watched all four seasons of the anime adaptation); each lead character, while their physique and hairstyle were sometimes a wee different from the original, their voices and characterizations were nevertheless spot-on good or even fabulous (heck, the girl who played Shimako sounded almost like Mamiko Noto, ditto for the actress playing as Sei Satou).

Brilliantly, they also picked the setting and filming location close enough to the original, down to the old-style wooden desks and the (slightly creaking) wood flooring. It gives you the feeling that you're in the real Lillian. :)

What about story? The film covers only the first volume, but with a few twists in chronology, and what makes this film set apart from the anime adaptation is the greater emphasis on Yumi's adoration of Sachiko, especially that she gets a glimpse right before that fateful meeting. I can't spoil any more but its storyline really hews to the light novel.

Service? As always, don't expect any more skin exposure or the usual items found in similar-looking shows, but there are those funny little moments of "service", especially during the dress rehearsal.

Overall, I can only say that once again the ones who can appreciate the movie in depth are the fans who have enjoyed reading the novels and watching the anime adaptations, basking in the ideal world of the Roses and their special relationships.

I can only rate this flick a 9/10.