Nishikata meets Takagi in the first teaser for the live-action adaptation of Teasing Master Takagi-san.
The new trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Teasing Master Takagi-san teases Nishikata and Takagi’s budding friendship and teenage romance.
Fans of Sōichirō Yamamoto’s manga received a special treat on Friday when TBS dropped the first footage from the live-action adaptation. The brief trailer promises a faithful adaptation of the romantic comedy, capturing Takagi and Nishikata’s palpable chemistry in brief scenes of banter and playful antics. The teaser was revealed well ahead of the show’s March 2024 premiere, building anticipation for the series drop. Teasing Master Takagi-san will be serialized Tuesdays on Netflix in Japan and on the Tokyo Broadcasting System’s programming block.
The first footage confirms the perfect casting for the show’s lead stars, who capture the spirit of the manga characters to a tee. Takagi will be played by Sōya Kurokawa, who starred in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Monster as well as appeared in Kenjusho: Mitsukuni Ko to Ore and Tokyo Alien Bros TV series. Rui Tsukishima plays Nishikata, Takagi’s friend and teenage crush. Tsukishima’s previous credits include guest parts on TV’s Kanzen ni tsunda Ichiko wa mô karisuma ni narushikanaino and Kamen Rider Geats. Just Only Love‘s Rikiya Imaizumi will direct the show, with Sabakan‘s Tomoki Kanazawa and Hagimori co-writing the scripts.
The live-action series adapts the manga’s story as described by Yen Press’s English translation release: “Middle schooler Nishikata has had it with his classmate who sits nearby, Takagi. Day in and day out, she comes after him with every sort of trick or prank. Even when he tries to tease her back, she’s always one step ahead but he’s not about to give up that easily in this battle of cunning and youth!” Fans of the anime will also recognize the show’s setting, filmed on location throughout Kagawa Prefecture’s Shōdo Island.
Teasing Master Takagi-san has captured the hearts of readers since the slice-of-life rom-com manga released as an accompanying booklet to Gessan magazine in 2013. The manga plays off Takagi and Nishikata’s will-they-or won’t-they relationship well enough to keep fans hooked throughout 19 volumes of the series. Also a favorite of critics, it nabbed the 66th Shogakukan Manga Award under the shōnen category in 2022. The manga has over 12 million copies in circulation as of October 2023; it has also been adapted into a popular anime series and a 2022 anime feature film.
Yamamoto’s Teasing Master Takagi-san manga series ended on Oct. 12.