Jpop group Sexy Zone to perform live-action Tomodachi Game R4 anime’s theme song

Picture of the Jpop band Sexy Zone.
Picture of the Jpop band Sexy Zone. Pic credit: @universal-music.co.jp

On July 15, 2022, the staff for the upcoming live-action TV series inspired by Yuki Sato’s Tomodachi Game manga, titled Tomodachi Game R4 announced that the Jpop band Sexy Zone will perform the show’s theme song titled “Trust Me, Trust You”.

After reading the show’s script, singer-songwriter Dai Hirai composed the song with its themes about friendship and betrayal in mind.

The single “Trust Me, Trust You” will go on sale September 17. Tomodachi Game R4 is set to premiere on TV Asahi in Japan on July 23, 2022.

What is the plot of Tomodachi Game?

The story centers on high school student, Yuichi Katagiri, who was taught the value of friendship when he was young. He enjoys his high school life with his four closest friends: Tenji Mikasa, Yoshinori Sawa, Makoto Shibe, and Yutori Kokorogi.

Their friendship is suddenly put to the test when their class’s school trip funds are stolen and the five students are dragged into participating in the mysterious “Tomodachi Game” in order to repay their sudden debts.

One of the five friends is responsible for stealing the money, however, which makes everyone a suspect. These five high school students will begin to question what is more important to them: wealth or friendship?

Tomodachi Game’s R4 cast features popular Jpop artists

Picture of the cast from the upcoming Tomodachi Game R4.
Picture of the cast from the upcoming Tomodachi Game R4. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Members from the Jpop group Johnny’s Jr’s (Johnny’s Entertainment Team) Bishonen and HiHi Jets will star in the upcoming Tomodachi Game R4 drama reimagining. Hidaka Ukisho (Bishonen) will play Yuichi Katagiri, who will participate in the Tomodachi Game as a member of “C group”. Ryuga Sato (Bishonen) will play Tenji Mikasa, who is also a member of C group and has a strong sense of justice. Mizuki Inoue (HiHi Jets) will play the role of the “people person” and rich class president Makoto Shibe.

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Naoki Fujii (Bishonen) will play the role of the youngest and most adorable game participant, Kei Shinomiya, who as a member of “K Group” will have to face “C Group”. Taisho Iwasaki (Bishonen) will play Juzo Kadokura – the spiritual pillar and leader of the team. Soya Igari (HiHi Jets) will play Hyakutaro Onigawa, who although has a strong sense of justice tends to get out of hand when his temper gets the better of him. Issei Kanasashi (Bishonen) will play Chisato Hashiratani while Yuto Nasu (Bishonen) will play Banri Niwa, who tends to quote historical sayings and famous manga quotes.

Actor Fuma Kikuchi dressed as the new original character Novel Himuro.
Actor Fuma Kikuchi dressed as the new handsome and mysterious original character Novel Himuro. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Fuma Kikuchi (Sexy Zone) will play a new original character named Novel Himuro. Novel apparently has a past connection with the protagonist Yuichi and will “hold the key” to the show’s whole story even though he’s a newcomer to the Tomodachi Game management team.

Additional cast members have been revealed

Picture of new cast members for the upcoming Tomodachi Game R4.
Picture of new cast members for the upcoming Tomodachi Game R4. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Tomodachi Game R4 cast additions include:

  • Sayu Kubota – Shiho Sawaragi (class vice president)
  • Mayu Yokota – Yutori Kokorogi (manga otaku)
  • Tetta Sugimoto – Akinori Hotei (sadistic leader of Tomodachi Game)
  • Yuki Katayama – Maria Mizuse (wild girl)
  • Lisa Naito – Haru Kisaragi (hacker working for Hotei)

Who are the members of the production team?

Tomodachi Game R4 production team members include:

  • Directors – Takuro Oikawa, Hajime Takezono (TV Asahi) and Toshiaki Kamada
  • Scriptwriters – Takuji Higichi and Shinya Hokimoto
  • Music composer – Yoshinori Nakamura

Where can I watch the current incarnations of Tomodachi Game?

From April 3-24, 2017, a four-episode TV drama adaptation was broadcast on Chiba TV, Teletama, Hokkaido TV, tvk, Kyushu Asahi Braodcasting, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and Metele and was streamed on GYAO!.

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On June 3, 2017, the live-action film titled Tomodachi Game Gekijo-ban premiered in Japan, and on September 2, 2017, the sequel film titled Tomodachi Game Gekijo-ban Final premiered.

Tomodachi Game’s anime adaptation was directed by Hirofumi Ogura and written by Kenta Ihara with Satomi Miyazaki in charge of character design. Michiru composed the series’ music with Hiroto Morishita directing the sound at Studio Mausu.

On April 6, 2022, the anime series premiered on NTV, BS NTV and AT-X in Japan.

The series’ English dub premiered on April 19, 2022 on Crunchyroll and it is currently available for streaming.

The opening theme song is titled “Double Shuffle” by Nana Mizuki and the ending theme song is titled “Tomoshibi” by saji.

Are you looking forward to the live-action TV series Tomodachi Game R4? Let us know in the comment section below!

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