It seems animes and manga are striking gold with all the up-and-coming film adaptations. Apart from Black Butler and last year’s Another, a well-known horror shojo manga, Zekkyō Gakkyū (Screaming Lessons), has been greenlit into getting its own movie adaptation. The manga’s original story follows Yomi, a ghost girl who tells the reader various scary stories but the film will adapt two stories from volumes 3 and 8 of the manga: Yomi no Shinjitsu (Yomi’s Truth) and Ningen Rank (Human Rank).
Kana was the idol of her class in elementary school, but after entering a private girls middle school is ranked as average in grades, athletic ability, and parentage. An urban legend at the school states that anyone who finds Yomi (played by Yamamoto) at an old school building can ask her for a wish. Yomi will grant the wish, but only in exchange for something important. Kana goes to Yomi to wish to change her situation, and the next day Kana is accepted into the group of popular girls, but in exchange her friend starts being bullied.
Actress Haruna Kawaguchi of Ouran High School Host Club will be playing the lead role of Kana while Alice Hirose will be play the role of popular girl, Rio. Mayu Matsuoka, Haru and Mizuki Yamamoto will also be starring in this film ad
First serialized in October 2008 and published in France under Tonkam, Zekkyō Gakkyū has grown to be one of the most popular shojo mangas. It has garnered a “vomic” (voice + comic) in 2010, several anime promotional videos and has recently shipped its latest volume last February 15.
The film is scheduled to open in Japan in early summer.