So some of you may already have heard the news but for the benefit of those who haven’t, it looks like Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo will be getting a sequel after all.
However before you hit the “spazz” button, there are two important details that everyone should take note of:
- The sequel will be helmed by a different production team (yes, that’s right. Director Nagata Koto, producer Moriya Takeshi and scriptwriter Miura Uiko will not have anything to do with it. Q___Q)
- The cast, according to Nagata, has not been confirmed yet. (I can just about imagine the shit storm that’s going to go down on Weibo and Baidu if they change the leads. I don’t think they’ll be so dumb as to swap out FuruYuki, unless they want to alienate his one million+ fans. But it’s really Honoka who I want to see again.)
Here’s what Director Nagata has to say about the whole thing:
(Note: I’m paraphrasing her post roughly. Feel free to let me know if there are any inaccuracies.)
The sequel of ItaKiss has been confirmed …
The reason we couldn’t reveal any related news about the sequel earlier was because we didn’t have the green light from the top (I think she means that even though the drama was quite popular among fans, the investors etc weren’t convinced of the drama’s profitability)
Even though we had so much support from all of you (T-T)
Producer Moriya Takeshi, scriptwriter Miura Uiko and I spent a lot of time and effort going through the manga to see how we could adapt and keep the story fresh for a 2013 audience. The drama you’ve watched is a result of this labour of love.
However for those who look at things from a monetary perspective, the love we have for this project is inconsequential. But producing dramas is a business and this is something that can’t be ignored.
That’s why the sequel will probably be helmed by a new production team (I get the feeling that she’s implying they might have exceeded the budget for InKLiT. Er … this doesn’t sound like good news for the sequel, considering that the budget for the first one wasn’t exactly very big to begin with.)
As for the cast, I am not sure who will be acting in the sequel but please continue to support InKLiT 2 all the same! (Yuki and Honoka have already confirmed news of the sequel, so we can assume they’re probably going to reprise their roles as well. But just to play it safe, I prefer to wait for official confirmation from whoever’s in charge of this one.)
Even though it’s too bad we won’t be able to take part in the sequel, we’re very glad to have received everyone’s support!
On another note, the three of us are currently working on a new production so I hope you’ll continue supporting us as well. Here’s hoping that I’ll be able to bring you even more exciting news soon.
As I mentioned in my farewell to ItaKiss post, I’m on the fence about this whole sequel business. On the one hand, it’ll be nice to see Honoka, Yuki and the rest of the cast again (that is, if everyone is really reprising their roles). On the other hand, the fact that Director Nagata will no longer be overseeing things makes me wary of this sequel and how Kotoko’s character is going to be developed. Dear lord, please, for the love of all that is good, do not turn her into a twit like her predecessors.
So … what do you guys think of this news?
Omake (gif from Baidu)