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‘Higanjima’ Manga Getting Second Live-Action TV Series & Film

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Some properties crop up once again when you least expect it and the live-action life of the Higanjima manga property is one of them. After a series back in 2013, the property is coming back as a new TV series that will arrive next year as well as a second live-action film. Both projects will bring back the cast from the previous incarnation as well with Shunya Shiraishi and Ryohei Suzuki. The new series is set to pick up where the first TV series ended.

The project is based on the manga by Koji Matsumoto which ran for thirty-three volumes between 2002 and 2010. It spawned a live-action film back in 2010 and some other works as well, including a new manga series that kicked off that same year that ended last year with sixteen volumes.

The first series ran for ten episodes during its run as directed by Kenji Yokoi with Masaru Nakamura adapting it to this format. The series literally translates as Island of Red Spider Lillies.

Plot concept: At midnight, a middle-aged man desperately tries to run away from a police officer. He enters an abandoned house with the cop right behind him. The police officer grabs the middle-aged man and bites his neck with his sharp teeth. He then drinks the man’s blood. The police officer looks different from other humans. Akira Miyamoto (Shunya Shiraishi) left his hometown to study at a university in Tokyo. During his summer break, he goes back to his hometown. Akira’s older brother Atsushi (Ryohei Suzuki) has been missing for about half a year. He went on a trip with his fiancé when he disappeared and his disappearance has crushed his family.

Back in his hometown, he meets his old friends Yuki, Ken, Bon, Nishiyama and Kato. Before he arrived there, he met a beautiful woman who appeared suddenly in front of him. The woman’s name is Rei and she showed Akira her older brother’s driving license. Rei also told Akira that her brother is fighting vampires in the village where she lives. Akira found it hard to believe the woman’s story. Later, when Akira and his friends are attacked by vampires, he begins to believe the woman’s story. Akira and his friends decide to head out to island Higanjima to save Atsushi. What awaits for them is hellish beyond their imagination.

Check out the spot from the first season promo:

[Source: ANN]

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