The production has been given the green light for a sequel to the live-action comedy of Mineo Maya‘s Tonde Saitama (Fly Me to Saitama) manga for next year, under the working title of Tonde Saitama II. The main tracks Gackt and Fumi NikaidÃ´ meet for the rest, and Hideki Takeuchi (live action Nodame Cantabile, Baths of Rome) and Tomokazu Tokunaga (live action Densha Otoko) direct and rewrite the sequel, respectively.
The tagline on the visual reads: “To all citizens of Saitama, our sincere apologies for making a sequel.” Maya cheekily commented on the sequel: “I repeat, have you lost your mind?”
In the story of the first film, those who live in Saitama Prefecture are ruthlessly persecuted by those who live in Tokyo, so the citizens of Saitama Prefecture hide this fact from others. High school student Momomi Dannoura (NikaidÅ) is the son of the governor of Tokyo, and he is also the chairman of the student council of Hokuhodo Academy, the best high school in Tokyo. One day he meets Rei Asami (Gackt), a mysterious transfer student who returned from America. Rei and Momomi are captivated by each other, but Momomi knows that Rei is from Saitama Prefecture. The manga tells the story of two people separated by a prefectural border, a Saitama “Romeo and Juliet”. The couple try to escape and start a revolution to liberate Saitama prefecture.
There are two nested parts in the film: a “legend part” which focuses on Rei and Momomi, and a “modern part” which focuses on a certain Saitama family through which the legend is told. Hanawa performed the theme song from the movie “Saitama-ken no Uta” (The Song of Saitama Prefecture).
The first film opened in Japan in February 2019. The film sold 191,000 tickets for 259,038,800 yen (approximately $ 2.33 million) during its opening weekend to overtake the Japanese box office. .
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center (JCCC) offered Take me to Saitama on digital rental in Canada in August 2020. The JCCC made the film available as part of its “Best of the Toronto Japanese Film Festival” season of the month.
Maya originally launched the one-volume manga in Hakusensha‘s Hana to Yume revised in 1982. Takarajimasha released a new compiled version of the manga in 2015 titled Kono Manga ga Sugoi! BD Tonde Saitama. The manga has over 660,000 copies printed. Maya also created the Patalliro! comic manga that inspired several anime projects.
Source: Comic Natalie