Song Seung-Heon, Go Ara’s first script reading for OCN’s new drama series “Black”

Get a first look at the first script reading for OCN drama series “Black” which took place on July 24, 2017 in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea!

The main cast members Song Seung-Heon, Go Ara, Lee El and Kim Dong-Joon attended the script reading.

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Song Seung-Heon  read is script as Grim Reaper Black, Go Ara as Kang Ha-Ram, Lee El as Yoon Soo-Wan and Kim Dong-Joon as Man-Soo.

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The Grim Reaper Black is cold-hearted, but sometimes dimwitted. Kang Ha-Ram seems like a recluse and has a hard time communicating with other people, but she is actually tender and emotional. Yoon Soo-Wan works as a mysterious ER doctor.  Man-Soo is a chaebol.

“Black” is scheduled to air this October in South Korea.

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Choi Siwon and Kang Sora wooed to star in tvN’s new drama

Super Junior’s Choi Siwon and Kang Sora are wooed to star in upcoming drama “Byun Hyuk’s Love” (working title).

Choi Siwon’s agency SM Entertainment revealed on July 31, “He has received a casting offer from ‘Byun Hyuk’s Love.’ It is one of the projects being considered for his comeback after military discharge. It is not yet confirmed.”

Also, Plum Entertainment commented that it is one of the projects Kang Sora is currently considering but no solid confirmation yet.

“Byun Hyuk’s Love” is the upcoming drama produced by Song Hyun Wook, the person behind the hit romantic comedies “Marriage, Not Dating” and “Another Oh Hae Young.”

Source: Soompi

tvN releases statement regarding Chinese spin-off of ‘Reply 1988’

South Korean cable TV channel tvN issued an official statement regarding the sale of their hit drama, ‘Reply 1988’s copyrights.

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It was just recently that a Chinese news source reported that a new drama series with a similar plot will be premiering this December. The new drama (我们的青春时期  Our Youth) will be the Chinese version of “Reply 1988.” Similarly, the show will be set in the 1980s and will follow the story of a group of adolescents and their families as they grow up in a neighborhood together, which is what “Reply 1988” is all about.

Following this news, tvN stated, “We never sold the rights for ‘Reply 1988’ to the Chinese broadcasting station producing the show. We find the similarities to be unfortunate.” However, at the moment it seems that CJ E&M, which owns tvN, is unable to take formal legal action.

The drama will be airing a total of 40 episodes for 3 months, starting this December. The leads will be played by new actors, Zeng Qi and Kou Zheng Yu.

 

 
Source: Soompi, Sina News

Part 2 The Rise of the Live Action Manga Adaptations: When TV and Film Recreate Manga

As promised, I’ll be creating another list of other live action versions of popular manga which are slated to be released this year. 🙂 If you haven’t checked out the first list, you may refer here.

MARCH 2017

Mangaban Nobushi no Gurume – DRAMA
Manga by: Masayuki Kusumi and Shigeru Tsuchiyama; Also known as: Samurai Gourmet

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Kasumi Takeshi (Naoto Takenaka) has just retired and is quietly getting into his second life. He never had the luxury of a beer during the day on a weekday during his 35 years as a salaryman. But in that instant Kasumi gets acquainted with the taste of that one glass and eating alone. This is the start of his battle with eating by himself. It is an unexpectedly high hurdle for Kasumi to cross and one that he keeps fretting over.

The series started airing its episodes on Netflix on March 17, 2017

APRIL 2017

ReLIFE – Movie
Manga by So Yayoi

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Arata Kaizaki (Taishi Nakagawa) is 27-years-old and unemployed. He quit his prior job after working for the company for 3 months. Arata Kaizaki decides to take part in a research program “ReLIFE.” He takes medication that makes him look 10 years younger and he is to attend high school for a year. There, he falls in love with female high school student Chizuru Hishiro (Yuna Taira).

The movie started its first theatrical release on April 15, 2017.

March Comes in Like a Lion 2 – MOVIE
Manga by: Chica Umino

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Rei Kiriyama (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is a 17-years-old shogi player. He debuted as a professional shogi player when he was in middle school. He lives by himself in Tokyo, because his parents and younger sister died in a traffic accident when he was little. One day, Rei Kiriyama meets three sisters who are his neighbors. The three sisters are Akari Kawamoto, Hinata Kawamoto, and Momo Kawamoto. This is his first meeting with someone outside of the shogi world in many years. Having meals with the Kawamoto family brings warm feelings to Rei Kiriyama. As Rei Kiriyama continues his shogi career, his interactions with his neighbors allow him to grow as a shogi player and as a person.

The film was released on April 22, 2017.

The Boy Next Door– DRAMA
Manwa: Bae Chul Wan; Also known as: Sseomnam; Flirty Boy and Girl; Some Guy

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Based on a webtoon about two neighbors who starts living together. Born-rich college student Park Gyu Tae is neighbors with Seong Ji Jae while Kim Min Ah is kind of friends with both of them.

The series stated airing on Naver TV Cast, April 3 to Apr 28, 2017.

JUNE 2017

Joryu Tohaiden Aki – MOVIE
Manga by Keiji Hanasaki & Mitsuru Osaki

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The film is based on manga series “Aki” by Keiji Hanasaki & Mitsuru Osaki, which is itself based on the life of professional mahjong player Aki Nikaido.

Okamoto Natsumi played the role of the 15-year-old Aki, who grew up around a mahjong parlor. During the winter, she moves out to Tokyo and experiences a lot of difficulties, so she decides to survive using her only weapon: mahjong. She goes up against bad adults and faces the reality of living in a large city. Around this time, Aki meets fellow female mahjong player Himawari and Takeo Kojima. Since then, she goes through major changes.

Movie is directed by Yutaro Nakamura and distributed by AMG Entertainment. The film was released on June 23, 2017.

Miyazawa Kenji no Shokutaku – DRAMA
Manga by Santa Uonome, English Translation: Kenji Miyazawa’s Table

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In 1921, Miyazawa Kenji left a wealthy family and went to Tokyo. Standing on his own two feet, he lived there for 8 months. Late summer, Kenji received a telegram from his family. Worried about his younger sister Toshi, Kenji returned to his family. What waited for Kenji there, was Kenji’s father Masajiro. His father had deceived Kenji about the health of his younger sister because he was worried about Kenji living alone.

Meanwhile, Kenji has still not found his true calling in life. Kenji makes korokke (potato croquettes), which he tasted in Tokyo, and shares it with his family. He realizes that sharing his happiness is ideal for him. In accordance with Toshi’s wish, Kenji becomes a teacher at a newly created agricultural school.

Miyazawa Kenji no Shokutaku started airing its first episode on June 17, 2017 until July 15th.
 

JULY 2017

Shinobi no Kuni – MOVIE
Novel by: Ryo Wada;  English translation: Shinobi’s Country; Mumon; Mumon: The Land of Stealth  (This movie isn’t really a manga adaptation but actually from a novel written by Ryo Wada.)
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Mumon (Satoshi Ono) is lazy, but he is also the best shinobi from Iga Province. One day, he kills a shinobi from a different family for a reward. Mumon is unaware that his actions will lead to a deadly battle between the shinobi corps of Iga Province and Nobukatsu Oda’s corps in Ise.The film starred Satoshi Ono and Satomi Ishihara and has already been released July 1, 2017.

Teiichi’s Country – MOVIE

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Manga by Usamaru Furuya; Also known as: Teiichi no Kun, Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High

Teiichi Akaba (Masaki Suda) is a student at a prestigious private male high school known for producing important politicians and bureaucrats. His dream is to become the prime minister and make his own country. To help achieve his dream, he wants to become elected as his school’s student council president. The elected student president receives privileges and a better chance for promotions later in the political & bureaucrat world. A power struggle takes place surrounding the student election.The live action adaptation hit the Japanese theaters on July 1st, 2017.

The Time of Backlights – MOVIE
Manga by Katsuki Tanaka

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Kyoto born and raised high school student Takatoyo Akada has feelings for Mikoto, whom he has known since their childhood days. During his ordinary daily life, he has uneasy emotions and grows up slowly.

The film was released on July 8, 2017.

Saboriman Kantarou – DRAMA
Manga by Tensei Hagiwara, Other titles: Saboriman Ametani Kantarou; さぼリーマン 飴谷甘太朗; さぼリーマン 飴谷甘太郎; 平成甘味録 さぼリーマン; Sabo Riiman; Sabo Riman; Kantarou: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

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Kantarou Ametani (Matsuya Onoe) is a handsome single man with glasses. He works as a salesperson for a publishing company. He does his job well and has the trust of those around him, but he has secret. He skips work and eats sweets.

Saboriman Kantarou was released on Netflix on July 7, 2017 and then broadcasted on July 13, 2017 through TV Tokyo.

Hello Harinezumi – DRAMA
Manga by Hirokane Kenshi, English translations: Hello New Hero, Hello, Detective Hedgehog

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Akatsuka Detective Agency stands inconspicuously at Shimo Akatsuka in Tokyo’s Itabashi ward. Its carefree, eccentric investigator Nanase Goro is eager to take on troublesome cases that everyone else is reluctant to. At times, he and his partner Kogure Kyusaku tackle sad cases and sometimes difficult ones that are beyond imagination. The detective agency is headed by Kaze Kaoru, a heavy drinker who downs alcohol during the day but watches out for Goro and Gu-re.

The drama started airing its first episode on July 14, 2017.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Ajin – Movie
Manga by Gamon Sakurai,  Other titles: Ajin: Demi-Human

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In the original manga’s story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as “Ajin” (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy’s life on the run from all of humankind.

The film is scheduled to hit the theaters on September 30, 2017.

Okuda Tamio ni Naritai Boy to Deau Otoko Subete Kuruwaseru Garu – MOVIE
Manga by:  Chokkaku Shibuya; English translation: A Boy Who Wished to be Okuda Tamio And A Girl Who Drove All Men Crazy

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Yuji Koroki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is 35-years-old and admires singer-songwriter Tamio Okuda. He gets transferred to the editing division of a lifestyle magazine. There, he has a difficult time dealing with strange conversations with his coworkers. Yuji Koroki then meets Akari Amami (Kiko Mizuhara) at work. She works as fashion press. He falls in love with her at first sight, but soon hell begins for Yuji Koroki.

The film is expected to be released on September 16, 2017.

OCTOBER 2017

Ayame-kun no Nonbiri Nikushoku Nisshi – MOVIE

Manga by Mai Machi, English Translations: Ayame’s Carefree Journal on Meat-Eating; Ayame-kun no Nonbiri Niku Nisshi; The Diary About Ayame’s Easygoing and Aggressive Days

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The story centers on Ayame and Tsubaki, who are researchers at a lab in the biology department of T University. Ayame is a “returnee,” someone who lived abroad for a while and then returned to Japan. He does things at his own pace and is a “dinosaur otaku,” and Tsubaki is his older colleague who is an enthusiast of studying the skeletons of birds and dinosaurs. The story follows their slightly strange romantic relationship.

The film opens in Japan on October 7.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K – MOVIE
Manga by Shuichi Aso , also Known as: Saiki Kusuo no Sainan

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Kusuo Saiki (Kento Yamazaki) is a 16-year-old high school student. He was born with psychic powers, but he hesitates using his super powers in front of other people due to a childhood experience. Kusuo Saiki now tries to keep a distance from others to hide his psychic power ability, but his classmates with distinct individuality gather under Kusuo.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K is scheduled to be released on October 21, 2017

DECEMBER 2017

Honoo no Tenkousei REBORN – DRAMA
Manga by Kazuhiko Shimamoto,  English Translation: Blazing Transfer Student

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The eight-episode drama is titled Honō no Tenkōsei REBORN, and will be available on 190 countries on Netflix this December. All seven members of the Johnny’s West singing group will star in the series.

The original manga centered on Noboru Takizawa, a transfer studennt at a new high school where disputes are settled through fights. He picks a fight with the school bully Ibuki Saburo in the hopes of winning the right to date Yukari Takamura, the school idol. The new series will be a sequel set years after the original story, with Noboru now the principal at his own elite high school, Tanebi Academy, which he established for a certain purpose. By coincidence, seven students all named Kakeru transfer into the school to infiltrate and improve it from within in order to solve a problem that has national implications.

Hono no Tenkosei is scheduled for streaming via Netflix in December 2017.

DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari – MOVIE
Manga by Ryohei Saigan, English Translation: Destiny Kamakura Story

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Masakazu Isshiki (Masato Sakai) is a mystery writer. He lives with his much younger wife Akiko (Mitsuki Takahata) in Kamakura, Japan. They solve mysterious cases taking place around them. Together with his wife Akiko, he interacts with the demons, spirits, gods, buddhas, and aliens of Kamakura. His acquaintances and friends range from affiliates of the Police to mysterious animals. Adults and children will enjoy this work of mystery as he solves difficult and strange cases with a variety of characters as his side.

Destiny Kamakura Monogatari is slated to be released on December 9th.

Sources:

Asian Wiki
My Drama List
Drama Wiki

Part 1 The Rise of the Live Action Manga Adaptations: When TV and Film Recreate Manga

Japan seems to be very serious in this game: the number of drama and movie versions of popular manga this year are apparently growing exponentially, given that we are only at the second half of 2017.

So I’ve done a *bit* of research and I felt like I’ve been counting them as if there’s no end. I thought I could finally end at 20, but to my surprise, I’ve been  counting beyond of what I expected. 😦

So I hope this list would be of great help to other manga fans, as I, personally, find it so helpful especially if I needed to be reminded of what to expect in the coming days. (I do not trust my memory that well now, especially with memorizing titles in its native language.)

JANUARY 2017

Dansui! – TV Series & Stage play

Manga by Tatsuya Kiuchi. English Translation: Dive!


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Dive! is about a school swimming team that is on the brink of getting disbanded. The team has only three members: Shūhei, the team captain who looks after the others; Daiki, who is quiet in character, taciturn, and has a *great body*; and Harumi, a handsome and effeminate man.

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These second-year students are looking for more members to complete the team, and the only members that they recruited include a neophyte and someone who barely swim.

The cast includes Ryou Matsuda as Shuhei Sakaki and Shuuto Miyazaki as Daiki Shinoduka.

The television series premiered in January 2017.  The stage play with the same cast followed in May of 2017.

Shinjuku Swan II – Movie
Manga by Ken Wakui

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The film adaptation of Shinjuku Swan is said to be a sequel to the first movie. It follows the story of  Tatsuhiko Shiratori, who works as a scout recruiting girls to work in the adult entertainment industry. He moves to Yokohama from Shinjuku, and immediately starts getting into trouble with the CEO of another scout company.

Shinjuku Swan II was released on 21 January 2017 in Japan.

Everyone’s Getting Married – TV Drama

Manga by Izumi Miyazono. Japanese title: Totsuzen Desu ga, Ashita Kekkon Shimasu

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Mariya Nishiuchi played as Asuka Takanashi, a twenty-something woman who is working for a well known bank and has relevant and various professional qualifications in finance. Although with the great professional background and successful career, she actually wants to get married and become a full-time housewife.

One day, her boyfriend of five years suddenly broke up with her. Desperate to find her next potential husband, she immediately starts searching to find the “love of her life.”

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Then she meets Ryu Nanami (played by Ryuta Yamamura), a very popular TV newscaster. Although he appears to be the most ideal man for Asuka, Ryu is 100% against the idea of marriage and determined to never get married. However, despite their different views on marriage, they eventually fall in love and start their relationship.

Everyone’s Getting Married premiered on Fuji TV on January 23rd.

Itazura Na Kiss The Movie Part 2: Campus – Movie

The story starts when Naoki (Kanta Sato) and Kotoko (Reina Visa) enter the same university. Naoki majors in science and technology, while Kotoko majors in literature. Suddenly, a beautiful student named Yuko Matsumoto appears in front of Naoki and Kotoko couldn’t help but feel shaken by her new rival in love.

Itazura na Kiss The Movie Part 2: Campus premiered on January 27, 2017.

FEBRUARY 2017

Kizudarake no Akuma – Movie
manga by Volvox Sumikawa, English translation,  The Bruised Covered Demon

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Mai Kasai was part of a group of girls who brutally bullied fellow classmate Shino during middle school. Although Mai never directly bullied Shino, she watched her friends do the torture that forced Shino to transfer schools. Due to her father’s work transfer, Mai transfers from her high school in Tokyo to a school in the countryside.

Although Mai thinks she can have a fairly easy school life by manipulating the classroom hierarchy, her days are ruined when she finds out Shino is her new classmate. Now with a passion for revenge, Shino and Mai switch places, with the former becoming the mastermind, and the latter becoming the victim in bullying hell.

Kizudarake no Akuma is a Japanese film directed by Santa Yamagishi, starring Rika Adachi. It was released in Japan by Kadokawa Pictures on 4 February 2017.

One-Week Friends – Movie

Manga by Matcha Hazuki. English Translation: One Week Friends

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The story is about Yūki, a boy who wants to befriend with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, Kaori gently declines his friendship, saying, “But, my… memories of my friends disappear in a week…” But still determined, Yūki and Kaori eventually become friends, and the two become friends over and over again as the weeks pass.

The cast includes Haruna Kawaguchi and Kento Yamazaki for the film’s main roles. Kawaguchi plays Kaori Fujimiya (seen left in photo), while Yamazaki plays Yūki Hase.

The movie is premiered in Japan on February 18, 2017.

Kimi wa Petto – Drama Series

Manga by Yayoi Ogawa. English Translation: You’re My Pet

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Sumire Iwaya, a tall and beautiful career woman who works as an editor for a well-known newspaper encounters a homeless boy on the street who resembles her childhood pet Momo, and facetiously offers to take him home as a pet. However, the boy surprises Sumire by agreeing to the proposition.

Noriko Iriyama (left) as Sumire and Jun Shison (right) as Momo starred the new and updated Japanese live action version of the manga.

The drama released 16 episodes and was aired on late-night television in February 2017.

Kyou no Kira-kun – Movie

Manga by Rin Mikimoto. English Translation: Today’s Kira-kun

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Today’s Kira-kun is about an eccentric girl named Nino, who keeps a parrot on her shoulder and a carouser named Kira who passes his days with nonsense. Nino and Kira’s houses are actually neighbors, but they never talk to each other, until one day Nino finds out Kira’s secret and their fates intertwine.

The cast includes Marie Iitoyo as Nino (right) and Taishi Nakagawa (left) as Kira for the film’s main roles.

The movie was released in Japan on February 25, 2017.

MARCH 2017

 

Hirunaka no Ryuusei – Movie

Manga by Mika Yamamori. English Translation: Daytime Shooting Star

Suzume Yosano (Mei Nagano) is a first grade high school student. She lived in the countryside, but, due to her parents transferring overseas for work, Suzume now lives in Tokyo with her uncle (Ryuta Sato). Suzume has never had a boyfriend before, but she has feelings for her homeroom teacher Satsuki Shishio (Shohei Miura). Meanwhile, her classmate, Daiki Mamura (Aran Shirahama), becomes attracted to Suzume.

Takehiko Shinjo will direct the movie, with scripts by Naoko Adachi.

The movie is slated to premiere on March 24, 2017.

P to JK – Movie

Manga by Maki Miyoshi. English Translation: P & JK – Police and High School Girl

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Kako Motoya (Tao Tsuchiya) is in the first year of high school. She has yet to have a boyfriend yet. One day, she pretends she’s a university student and takes part in a group blind date. There, she meets 23-years-old Kota Sagano (Kazuya Kamenashi). Kako and Kota get along well and become attracted to each other. Later, Kota learns that Kako is a high school student and his attitude towards Kako changes. In fact, Kota is a police officer. Even though he likes her, he knows he can’t date her. Then, Kako is injured while protecting Kota. Kota decides to accept Kako for who she is. He asks Kako to marry him, because that’s the only way he can be with her as a police officer.

The movie stars Kazyua Kamenashi (left) as Kota and Tao Tsuchiya (right) as Kako. Ryuuichi Hiroki (live-action Strobe Edge, live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) will direct the film, and Nami Kikkawa will write the script.

The movie premiered on  March 25, 2017.

Inside Mari – TV Drama

Manga by Shuuzou Oshimi. Japanese title: Boku wa Mari no Naka.

The original manga follows an “angel-like” beautiful high school girl with a certain secret she has been hiding from everyone, and an idle shut-in young man; the highlight of his day is seeing Mari at the convenience store. The story begins as Mari wakes up in her room, but something feels amiss about the room and even her own body.

The series will star Elaiza Ikeda (live-action Wolf Girl & Black Prince) as Mari Yoshizaki, Ryo Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze as Isao Komori, and Yuri Nakamura (Mori no Asagao) as Mari’s classmate, Yori Kakiguchi.

The 8 episode series was released on Fuji TV On Demand on March 31, 2017.

Ghost in the Shell – Movie
Manga by Masamune Shirow

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Ghost in the Shell is set in the near future, where the vast majority of humans are augmented with cybernetics, enhancing various traits like vision, strength, and intelligence. Hanka Robotics, the world’s leading developer of augmentative technology, establishes a secret project to develop a mechanical body, or “shell”, that can integrate a human brain rather than an AI. Mira Killian, a young woman who is the sole survivor of the cyberterrorist attack which killed her parents, is chosen as the test subject after her body is apparently damaged beyond repair. Over the objections of her designer, Dr. Ouelet, Hanka CEO Cutter decides to use Killian as a counter-terrorism operative.

Ghost in the Shell debuted on 31 March 2017.

Lovely Love Lie (The Liar and His Lover) – TV Drama

Manga by Kotomo Aki. Japanese title: Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru

Kang Han Kyul (Lee Hyun Woo) is a famous, and very talented, composer. Having worked for a famous band long before they were stars, he has achieved a lot more in his youth than most do in their careers. However, he has fallen into a deep depression and no longer seems to have any motive to live.  That is until he hears a voice that strikes a chord in his heart.

Yoon So Rim (Joy) is a high school student. She has a voice unlike any Kang Han Kyul has ever heard. Yoon So Rim sees the pain in the sound composer’s heart. Through her kindness and serenity, she convinces him to return to life. And through her voice, she makes her way into his heart. The problem, though, is that Kang Han Kyul intentionally hid his identity from Yoon So Rim.

The drama was released from March 20 – May 9th on Korean TV.

APRIL 2017

It’s All About the Looks – TV Drama

Manga by Hiromi Okubo. Japanse title: Hito wa Mitame ga 100 Percent

Totally immersed in research, Jun Jonouchi (Mirei Kiritani) has been turning her back on “beauty” and “femininity.”

Realizing that she may be an “imitation girl” who gives up all that sort of thing, she starts to investigate the latest fashion trends and beauty tips with her colleagues, Mitsuko Maeda (Asami Mizukawa) and Seira Sato (Blouson Chiemi.)

Spring breeze makes people start something new and this romantic comedy perfectly fits such a season. Find out how “imitation girls” with only science backgrounds strive in self-exploration and boost their femininity!

The drama It’s All About the Looks was broadcasted on FujiTV in April 2017.

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (Mugen no jūnin) – Movie
Manga by Hiroaki Samura

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Blade of the Immortal  is a 2017 Japanese jidaigeki action film starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sōta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara,Erika Toda,Kazuki Kitamura, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ichikawa Ebizō XI, Min Tanaka and Tsutomu Yamazaki .

The story is about Manji is a samurai who apparently cannot be killed by any injury. He crosses paths with Rin Asano, whose parents were killed by a group of master swordsmen, and promises to avenge their deaths.

The film premiered out of competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was released theatrically in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures on 29 April 2017.

MAY 2017

Peach Girl – Movie

Manga by Miae Ueda. English Translation: Peach Girl

The story is about an average high school girl who everyone thinks is a beach bunny/slut because of her tanned skin. The actual reason she is so tanned is because she was on the swim team and tans very easily. She likes a boy who she heard only likes non-tanned girls.

Mizuki Yamamoto starred as Momo and idol group Hey!Say!JUMP’s Kei Inoo played the role of Kairi in his first film role. Koji Shintoku directed the film.

The movie premiered in Japan on May 20, 2017.

JUNE 2017

Double Mints – Movie

Manga by Asumiko Nakamura. Genre:Boys Love

The manga’s story begins when Mitsuo Ichikawa hears the domineering voice of someone on the phone saying, “I killed a woman.” The man was his classmate in high school who had the same name as he does. The voice brings back old, forgotten memories of the man, which revive old passions. Both Mitsuos reunite as accomplices, and their relationship, which had always been one between master and servant, begins to change into something new.

The film is directed by Eiji Ueda. It premiered on June 3, 2017, in Japan.

Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemas – Movie

Manga by Rina Yagami. English Translation: Brother’s Troublesome Love

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Setoka Tachibana (Tao Tsuchiya) is a female high school student. She has confessed her feelings to other boys 12 times, but has been rebuffed each time. Her older brother Haruka Tachibana (Ryota Katayose) cares for his younger sister deeply, but he holds a secret from Setoka. The secret is that they are not blood related. One day, Setoka’s first love Takane Serikawa (Yudai Chiba) appears after many years and approaches her.

The movie premiered in Japan on June 30th, 2017.

JULY 2017

Kanna-san – TV Drama

Manga by Kahoru Fukaya. Genre: Josei

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Kanna Suzuki (Naomi Watanabe) has a bright and positive personality. She works as a fashion designer at a company. She is married to Rei and they have a son Reon. Her family life is filled with happiness. One day, Kanna learns that Rei is having an affair. She kicks him out of their house. Kanna has a hard time dealing with her job and raising Reon by herself, but she tries her best for Reon and to achieve her own dream.

Kanna-san premiers on TBS in July 2017.

Bride of the Water God 2017 – TV Drama

Manhwa by Yoon Mi-Kyung.

A romance takes place between Water God Ha Baek (Nam Joo-Hyuk) and Psychiatrist So-A (Shin Se-Kyung).


Bride of the Water God premiers on tvN in July 2017.

GINTAMA – Movie

Manga by Hideaki Sorachi

Genre: Action, Comedy, Parody, Samurai, Sci-Fi, Shounen

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Set in a parallel universe around the Edo period, alien species Amanto attack planet Earth. The people on Earth fight back against the aliens for more than 10 years. The Shogunate sees the power of Amanto and decide accept their conquest. The Shogunate builds a puppet government for Amanto and carry out the Sword Abolishment Edict. Due to these actions, samurai, that fought against the Amanto for their country and their lord, fall into a decline. Gintoki Sakata (Oguri Shun) is a samurai and happens to meet people. He has an extraordinary experience.

Gintama will be released to Japanese theaters nationwide on July 14th, 2017.

Additional info, see previous post.

Manga by Yakko Kagga. English Translation: Make a Bow and Kiss

The manga’s story centers on An Kishimoto, a girl who has been practicing archery for six years, since she was in middle school. Yet even as president of her high school archery club in her last high school tournament, she feels unsatisfied by her results and leaves behind regrets. The next person slated to be president is her underclassman Yōta Mikami, a person who never practices, yet grabs first place in tournaments. He’s a boy for whom An holds some complicated feelings. When An is about to withdraw from her position and hand the position of president to Yōta, he stops her with a certain thought.

The movie will star Elaiza Ikeda as the female lead and Masaki Nakao as the male lead.

The film is slated to premier in fall 2017.

Tokyo Ghoul – Movie
Manga by by Sui Ishida

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Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota) is a university student. He becomes injured by Rize, a human eating ghoul. Ken is saved from the ghoul when a steel frame falls on Rize. They are both sent to the hospital. Ken receives an organ transplant from Rize and becomes a half ghoul.

Tokyo Ghoul will be released on  July 29, 2017.

AUGUST 2017

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable – Movie

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is the fourth part of Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga. The story is set in Morioh, located in S City in M Prefecture of Japan, and it follows the misadventures of Jōsuke Higashikata and his companions, as they are involved in a series of bizarre incidents in their town.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I (Japanese: ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ダイヤモンドは砕けない 第一章 Hepburn: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai Dai-Ichi-Shō) is an upcoming Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike and based on the Diamond Is Unbreakable story arc of the manga series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. The film stars Kento Yamazaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Masaki Okada, Mackenyu, Takayuki Yamada and Yusuke Iseya. It is scheduled for release in Japan by Toho and Warner Bros. on 4 August 2017.

DEATH NOTE – Movie
Manga by by Tsugumi Ohba

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In Seattle, a young man comes to possess a supernatural notebook, the Death Note, that grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. He then decides to use the notebook to kill criminals and change the world, but an enigmatic detective attempts to track him down and end his reign of terror.

Nat Wolff will play as Light Turner / Kira, a high-school student who discovers the titular “Death Note” and uses it to kill criminals by writing their names and causes of death, and thus becoming a world-famous serial killer. Margaret Qualley is also cast as Mia Sutton, Light’s classmate and love interest, who becomes an ally in his mission to rid the world of criminals.

Death Note also stars Keith Stanfield as L, a highly intelligent and skilled detective who is determined to capture Kira (Light) and end his reign of terror; Paul Nakauchi as Watari, L’s assistant; Shea Whigham as James Turner, Light’s father and a police officer who aids L in bringing down the mysterious Kira, unaware that he is Light. ; and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk (voice), a demon who begins communicating with Light when he receives the “Death Note”, and warns him about the repercussions of the book.

Death Note is distributed by Netflix, Warner Bros. Pictures Japan (Japan) and slated to be released on August 25, 2017.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Asahinagu – Movie
Manga by Ai Kozaki

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Tojima Asahi is a first-grade high school student. She is small and weak physically. Asahi decides to change herself. She enrolls in the naginata (Japanese blade) club at her school. She works hard with the other club members and targets the national competition.

Asahinagu will be released on September 22, 2017.

OCTOBER 2017

Sensei! – Movie

Manga by Kazune Kawahara. English Translation: Teacher!

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The story centers on second-year high school student Hibiki Shimada, who is in love with her teacher Kōsaku Itō, a cold man who seems to hate girls, but is actually kind. The story begins when she accidentally puts a love letter entrusted to her by a friend in Kōsaku’s shoe locker.

Toma Ikuta will play Kōsaku Itō, a high school teacher, while Suzu Hirose will play Hibiki Shimada, a girl who falls in love with Kōsaku.

The movie is slated to premier in Japan October 28th.

NOVEMBER 2017

Fukumenkei Noise – Movie

Manga by Ryoko Fukuyama. English Translation: Anonymous Noise

A girl who loves to sing, Nino Arisugawa experiences her first heart wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! With music as their common ground and only outlet, how will unrequited love play out? Since both boys promised Nino that they will find her one day through her singing, she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school, Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again…

Ayami Nakajo will play Nino Arisugawa, while the male leads will be played by Jun Shison – Kanade Yuzuriha (Yuzu) – and Yuta Koseki – Momo Sakaki. The rest of the band members will be played by Erina Mano as Mio Suguri, Hayato Isomura as Ayumi Kurose (Kuro), and Yosuke Sugino as Yoshito Haruno (Haruyoshi).

Anonymous Noise is expected to premier November 25, 2017.

DECEMBER

Full Metal Alchemist
Manga by Hiromu Arakawa

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

The cast includes Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, Dean Fujioka as Roy Mustang, Misako Renbutsu as Riza Hawkeye, Kanata Hongō as Envy, Jun Kunimura as Tim Marcoh, Kenjirō Ishimaru as Van Hohenheim, Natsuki Harada as Gracia Hughes, Shinji Uchiyama (ja) as Gluttony, Natsuna Watanabe as Maria Ross, Yo Oizumi (special appearance) as Shou Tucker, Ryuta Sato as Maes Hughes, Fumiyo Kohinata as General Haruko, and Yasuko Matsuyuki as Lust.

Full Metal Alchemist is expected to be released in December 2017.

Love and Lies – Movie
Manga by Musawo

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The Japanese government carries out a program to increase the birth rate in the country. Their program analyzes gene information from its residents and selects a marriage partner for them.

Aoi Nisaka (Aoi Morikawa) is a high school student. She is in a love triangle with childhood friend Yuto Shiba (Takumi Kitamura) and Sosuke Takachiho (Kanta Sato). Sosuke Takachiho is appointed by the government to become her husband.

Love and Lies is slated to be released on December 31st.

Part 2 of this list will be posted soon. 🙂

Sources*:
http://mydramalist.com
http://blog.asianwiki.com
https://www.heartofmanga.com
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com
https://www.animeclick.it
http://thehypedgeek.com
http://www.siliconera.com
http://comicbook.com
http://www.imdb.com
https://en.wikipedia.org

*Films’ summaries are edited due to timeliness and overall tone of the content.

 

3 Must-Watch Drama Adaptations of Popular Ding Mo Novels You Shouldn’t Want to Miss

With years of being fond of anything Asian, I haven’t heard of Ding Mo before, until mid-2016.

My first encounter with Ding Mo began when my fondness over a drama (which was based on one of her best-selling novels) grew. I thought the drama was cool, so I had a quick research online about the drama and there I also learned that she already wrote a lot of HE novels (Happy Ending =HE. thanks to 书声Bar!) which include When a Snail Loves 如果蜗牛有爱情.

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I thought Ding Mo was a guy at first, as most of her well-known novels were either criminal, psychological, or detective in genre. I failed to even bother checking out her name if it’s for a guy or girl as I was too focused on her novels, not to mention I’m not Chinese in entirety (1/4 Chinese 1/4 Spanish, 2/4 Filipino).

To tell you honestly, it wasn’t that hard to like her novels (maybe because these kinds of genres pique my interest the most). It wasn’t long until I finally read two of her novels and discovered that she’s actually a woman. 🙂

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Most of the drama versions that I’ve seen were under these genres and interestingly, the romantic plots in the dramas were either as endearing or as daring as the novel versions–except for one, so far.

So with all the fondness I have for her works, including the drama versions, here I am sharing 3 Ding Mo novels-turned-dramas which all couch potatoes can binge watching on. 🙂

# 1 Love Me if You Dare (AKA When He Comes, Close Your Eyes; Close Your Eyes, Stay Close to Me) 
Mandarin: 他来了,请闭眼
First episode date: October 2015
Final episode date: 4 January 2016
Episodes: 24

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Love Me if You Dare is about an *anti-social* but brilliant criminal psychologist Simon Bo, played by Wallace Huo, who can analyze violent and mysterious behavior. Aside from being a criminal psychologist, Simon Bo is also a professor at The University of Maryland and works as an analyst as well as an advisor on the police department’s most violent or difficult cases.

Sandra Ma played as Jenny Jian, a young assistant who helps Simon in analyzing and delving into the thoughts and intentions of a criminal mind. Jenny helps Simon open up emotionally as they work together to solve crimes.

So, I watched this drama because it was a suggestion on a drama website I used to visit before. Although I have to admit, it is also BECAUSE of Sandra Ma’s beauty that made me watch the entire first episode, staring intently at her, then BAM. I saw Wallace Huo. 🙂 So then, I finally managed to finish the whole run, not just because of Sandra’s beautiful face, but also because of Wallace Huo. 😀

“Love Me, If You Dare” is a 2015 Chinese drama series directed by Zhang Kai Zhou. It is based on the novel Close Your Eyes, Stay Close to Me by Ding Mo.

# 2 When a Snail Falls In Love (AKA When A Snail Loves)
Mandarin: 如果蜗牛有爱情
First episode date: 24 October 2016
Final episode date: 12 December 2016
Episodes: 21

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Wang Kai starred in this drama as Ji Bai, a well known police detective who excels in his field as an in-charge of the Violent Crimes Unit while Wang Zi Wen played as an intern criminal profiler Xu Xu. And as Ji Bai’s case partner, Xuxu discovered that both of them have their own takes in solving crimes, but eventually, with their odd looking partnership, they managed to get the whole job done with an unbeatable track record for solving crimes. When Ji Bai found himself falling in love with Xuxu through their close working relationship, Xuxu is quite slow in learning (and returning, for that matter!) about his feelings.

What I like about this drama is, of course, Wang Kai (haha!). I’ve seen him play in Love Me if You Dare, but I like him better in this drama. When A Snail Falls In Love allowed Wang Kai to showcase his acting prowess and there were scenes that will knock your feet off. Talk about the stares and subtle opportunities!

“When a Snail Falls in Love” is a 2016 Chinese drama series directed by Zhang Kai Zhou. It is based on the novel Ru Guo Wo Niu You Ai Qing by Ding Mo.

# 3 Memory Lost 
Mandarin: 美人为馅
Number of Seasons: 3 (Season 1: October 24, 2016, Season 2: November 14, 2016, Season 3: December 12, 2016)
Final episode date: 12 December 2016
Episodes: 36

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This drama adaptation of Ding Mo’s novel, Memory Lost is about Han Chen, played by Bai Yu, who suffers from amnesia and struggles to find his lost fiancée – a woman who does not exist according to people around him.

In a small town, he meets a female detective Bai Jingxi, played by Yang Rong, a girl full of personality. Bai Jingxi is struggling to discover her mysterious past, a past of a blank background for the last five years.  As both were entangled in complicated murder cases and faces near-death situations, they slowly uncover the secrets to their lost memories.

This drama was released as a web series on iQiyi on the same date as When A Snail Falls In Love’s.

With all honesty, I’ve already read the novel before watching this drama. I was quite disappointed in a certain degree as the drama did not follow the novel quite clearly enough. The characters from the novel were tough and some scenarios in the novel contain witty comebacks from both leads. I guess this drama made a few adjustments, to give favor to those who want a milder take on the novel *fan service*.

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# 4 Our Glamorous Time

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Lin Qian (will be played by Zhao Li Ying), once thought the man she wanted would be handsome and formidable, able to “create clouds with one turn of the hand and rain with another turn” in the business world, causing her to look up to him in admiration. There would be nothing he could not accomplish.

But when she finally met the one that fit this (will be played by Jin Han), she realized how much she liked his impassiveness, his quietness, his persistence, and his loyalty. She liked him to the point that she was willing to be with him, to stand side by side with him in this callous business world that is full of bloodshed. To be reckless in these years of our life, irrespective of the future.

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My take: This upcoming drama is so controversial that I feel sorry for Jerry Yan. But anyhoo, I shall see this drama once it’s out so for now I might read the novel first. 🙂

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Whew. This is quite a long run down. I hope that many would try seeing at least one of these drama adaptations, as I see all these so worthy to watch. 😉

Love,

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tvN drama series “Criminal Minds” starring Lee Joon-Gi and Moon Chae-Won released new teaser

The upcoming tvN drama series “Criminal Minds” starring Lee Joon-Gi and Moon Chae-Won released another action/suspense filled teaser earlier this week .

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(left to right from top) Son Hyun-Joo, Lee Joon-Gi, Moon Chae-Won, Lee Sun-Bin, Go Yoon, Yoo-Sun and Kim Young-Chul. All seven of the characters are agents of the NCI.

Actors Son Hyun-Joo, Lee Sun-Bin, Go Yoon, Yoo-Sun, and Kim Young-Chul also star in the upcoming drama, which is  based on the American television series Criminal Minds.

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“Criminal Minds” will air every Wednesday and Thursday, starting on July 26, 2017 in South Korea.

Park Bo-Gum offered lead role in new tvN drama series “Hwayuki”

The Love in the Moonlight actor, Park Bo-Gum has been offered to a lead role in the upcoming tvN drama series “Hwayuki”.

Actor Cha Seung-Won, who also received an offer to play a co-lead character, has yet to confirm as he is still considering the role positively, as well.

“Hwayuki” is a drama series that is based on classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” but set in the present day and with a romantic twist. The screenplay will be scripted by Hong Jung-Eun and Hong Mi-Ran.

If Park Bo-Gum accepts role, he will play Son O-Gong (the character of Sun Wukong in original novel “Journey to the West”) and Cha Seung-Won will play King Wooma (Bull Demon King).

“Hwayuki” is tentatively scheduled to air from December, 2017 in South Korea.

‘Bad Guys’ Season 2 Confirms its Main Cast

The OCN’s hit drama “Bad Guys” will be having its second season with a complete promising cast!

Actors Park Joong Hoon, Kang Ha Neul, Joo Jin Mo, and Uhm Tae Goo confirmed on June 29 that they will be starring in the second season of the drama. Park Joong Hoon will play as Woo Jae Moon, a prosecutor crying out for justice and Kang Haneul’s character Noh Jin Pyung is a third-year prosecutor designated to the same office as Woo Jae Moon.
Kim Sang-joong, Park Hae-jin, Ma Dong-seok, Jo Dong-hyuk and Kang Ye-won starred in first season of ‘Bad Guys’ which was aired in 2014. The first installment was about a group of criminals who were hired and teamed up with detectives to solve certain cases.

 

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“Bad Guys 2” will  be aired in the latter half of the year, superseding the drama “Black”.

The Drama Unnie’s PS:

I was actually hoping for the original cast to star in this second installment, but since they already had lined-up new cast (great actors too!), I think the drama will be as great as the first season. I expect cameos too (I’m betting on Ma Dong Seok though!).

Ji Chang Wook To Celebrate His 10th Year As An Actor With His Fans Before Enlistment

Fans are becoming worried for Ji Chang Wook, as the actor is set to enlist for his mandatory service. But here’s the catch: the “Suspicious Partner” actor has a lot of projects to complete before his enlistment.

“As a man living in the Republic of Korea, he will be enlisting in the military this year,” Glorious Entertainment, Ji Chang Wook’s agency said in a statement. “Before that time comes, he wants to repay the love of his fans through this meeting and give them an experience they won’t forget.”

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One of the projects that Ji Chang Wook is about to work on after “Suspicious Partner”, is a voice over project with Kim So Hyun. The actor has been cast in the Korean version of the Japanese popular anime, “Your Name”.

Ji Chang Wook will be the voice of Taki, a teenager living in the city of Tokyo, while Kim So Hyun will voice-over Mitsuha; a girl living in rural Japan. The story will be about the two characters, who then, mysteriously switch bodies.

Alongside with this, Ji Chang Wook will also be celebrating his 10th year anniversary in the entertainment industry with his fans though a special and exclusive concert. The event, which is entitled “Jiscovery History”, will unveil the actor’s career and growth during the 10 years of being a successful actor in the entertainment industry.

The actor’s 10th anniversary concert will be on July 22, at 7pm at Olympic Hall in Seoul. “I need to fulfill my military duties first. When this drama wraps up, I think I’ll go to the army and then continue doing musical shows when I return,” Ji Chang Wook earlier said about his enlistment plans.