The COVID-19 really put a damper on a lot of movie releases in Japan, as theaters and other public places closed down. But now, movies are back! One of the most anticipated Japanese movies this year is also back on track, and it’s Grand Blue. The live-action movie adaptation of Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka’s hit manga series has announced that its new release date is August 7. The movie was supposed to premiere last May 29, but then the pandemic hit.

Ryou Ryuusei will play main character Iori Kitahara, while Atsuhiro Inukai is playing Kouhei Imamura. And yes folks, they are going nude! The other cast members include:

  • Nogizaka46 idol Yuuki Yoda as Chisa Kotegawa
  • Aya Asahina as Nanaka Kotegawa
  • Yuuka Ogura as Azusa Hamaoka
  • Masahiro Takashima as the Kotegawa sisters’ father

Tsutomu Hanabusa, who also directed various live-action adaptations of other anime/manga like 3D Kanojo and Kakegurui is going to be at the helm of this new project as director. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Japan is distributing the movie. It will premiere in Japan on May 29, 2020.

Here’s how Kodansha describes the story:

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!

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