Tomodachi Game R4 live-action reboot retells story, casts Jpop artists from Johnny’s Jr.’s Bishounen, HiHi Jets

Fan art of Yuichi Katagiri from the anime Tomodachi game and cast members for the upcoming live-action adaptation.
Fan art of Yuichi Katagiri from the anime Tomodachi game and cast members for the upcoming live-action adaptation. Pic credit: KiSai/ and @PsychoDramaJP/Twitter

The Tomodachi Game R4 release date on TV Asahi is on July 23, 2022.

The live-action Tomodachi Game R4 TV show was announced on June 20, 2022. The new Tomodachi Game live-action TV show will reboot the story by retelling the anime/manga in a new way.

“It’s a new take on the original story. The production team sat together with the original writer to decide on an alternate version of the game, fitting these members,” explained Psycho-Drama. “It’s safe to say it won’t follow the manga/anime/LA, but be its own version.”

The drama is inspired by the Japanese manga series of the same name that was conceptualized by Mikoto Yamaguchi, and written and illustrated by Yuki Sato. Since December 2013, the manga has been serialized in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, and its chapters have been collected into 20 volumes.

In 2017, Tomodachi Game received its first live-action adaptation in the form of a four-episode drama series, and later two live-action films. In April 2022, an anime TV series adaptation by Okuruto Noboru premiered.

Will the anime TV series get a second season? You can read more about that here: Tomodachi Game Season 2 release date predictions

The official trailer for the Tomodachi Game anime series by Crunchyroll.

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, and 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?

Are you curious about how to beat the “Badmouth Sugoroku” game as seen in the anime Tomodachi Game? You can read about that here: How to beat Badmouth Sugoroku in Tomodachi Game.

Tomodachi Game’s R4’s cast will feature popular Jpop artists

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 TV drama.

Hidaka Ukisho (Bishonen) will play Yuichi Katagiri, who will participate in the Tomodachi Game as a member of “Team C”. Ryuga Sato (Bishonen) will play Tenji Mikasa, who is also a member of Team C 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.

Naoki Fujii (Bishonen) will play the role of the youngest and most adorable game participant, Kei Shinomiya, who as a member of “Team K” will have to face “Team C”. 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.

Tomodachi Game R4 is a retelling of the original story and the content of the games the high schoolers have to beat is interesting each time. I could never think of such challenging games, and each character is unique and interesting in their own way. I plan to mimic some of the facial expressions my character Yuichi Katagiri is seen making in the anime.

Actor Hidaka Ukisho commented at

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!.

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.

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