The amazing collaboration of the Japanese top idol group and the Japanese traditional sword!!
Nogizaka 46, the smash hit idol group of 2017, have joined forces with Asahinagu, the manga that won the 2014 Shogakukan Manga Award, to create powerful team!
Centering around the “esthetic martial art” of naginata (long-handled sword), Asahinagu is the story of young girls as they grow up throughout their youthful years. Recently, the Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga has gone to “Yamikin Ushijima-kun” in 2010 (filmed in 2012 as Ushijima the Loan Shark), “Sakamichi no Apollon” in 2011 (animated in 2012 as Kids on the Slope), “I Am A Hero” in 2012 (filmed in 2016), “Mogura no Uta” in 2013 (filmed in 2014 as The Mole Song), “Umimachi Diary” in 2015 (filmed in 2015 as Our Little Sister), and Asahinagu is on a par with those notable works that have made their mark on the world.
The director is hit-maker Tsutomu Hanabusa, the man behind a string of successes including “The Handsome Suit” (2008), “Sadako 3D2” (2012), and “No Longer Heroine” (2015). He has now embarked on the long-awaited challenge of creating a masterpiece youth movie. In May this year, Asahinagu will be presented as a stage play, and in September a movie is due for release. This genre-straddling cross-fertilization of drama and film will make it the most talked about production in Japan this year, when an Asahinagu boom will sweep the nation.
The main character is Asahi Tojima, a first-year student at Futatsuzaka High School. Until junior high school, she was a member of the art club. But when she entered high school, she joined the naginata club because she was intrigued by its slogan, “Little competition to get in to the Inter-High School event. Naginata is the American Dream of the high school club world!” Her friends in the naginata club are her senior, Maharu Miyaji, who yearns to be overwhelmingly strong; her fellow first-year student, Shoko Yasomura, an experienced kendo fighter; and the tall, slender Sakura Konno, the daughter of a well-off family. Day after day, they put themselves through punishing training, driven by their desire to appear at the National Inter-High School Athletic Meet.
Joining forces, the Naginata Girls display their strength by facing up to their rivals and overcoming challenge after challenge! It’s beautiful!! It’s fun!! It’s entertainment that will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.
- Tsutomu Hanabusa
- Natsuko Takahashi
- Nanase Nishino
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