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Looks like a 15-year-old will be making her movie debut as one of Nisekoi‘s most central characters. This is because the staff have now announced that rookie actress Natsumi Ikema will be playing Kosaki Onodera in the live-action Nisekoi movie. Ikema has admitted that she’s a huge fan of Naoshi Komi’s hit manga, and still can’t believe she’s playing Onodera.
This may be her debut role in a movie, but the young actress previously appeared in commercials back in Japan. Here she is appearing in a commercial for Shiseido’s Sea Breeze.
She will be joining the previously announced actors for Raku and Chitoge, Kento Nakajima and Ayami Nakajou. However, unlike Ikema, the other two leads appeared in movies before. Nakajima previously starred in the live-action Silver Spoon movie, while Nakajou starred in Anonymous Noise.
Hayato Kawai, who previously directed the live-action Ore Monogatari movie, will be directing Nisekoi. Fans would also note that the Nisekoi manga previously had a crossover story with the Ore Monogatari manga, so the director really fits in nicely. TOHO will be distributing the movie in Japan starting December 21, 2018.
Nisekoi follows Raku Ichijou, the heir to a yakuza family. One day, he bumps into and gets into an argument with a pretty blonde girl named Chitoge. But afterwards, he finds out that she’s her classmate and is the daughter of the leader of a rival gang. And to prevent an all-out gang war from happening, their fathers force the two of them to have a fake relationship. What’s more is that Raku is in love with a different girl, Kosaki Onodera, and this complicates things further. The manga also received to highly successful TV anime adaptations in 2014 and 2015.