Kenichi Tachibana and Yuu Sasuga’s action-packed science-fiction manga, Terraformars, is getting a live-action movie adaptation But before that, Docomo’s dTV streaming service has announced that they will be launching a prequel special on 24 April, just a few days before the first film premieres in Japan on 29 April.


Titled Terraformars: Aratanaru Kibou, which means Terraformars: A New Hope, the drama special will be focusing on the screening of the candidates which will be taking part on the BUGS-1 mission to Mars. This will be revealing why the 15-member crew were the ones chosen to head to Mars. Takashi Miike, who is directing the film, will only be acting as the special’s supervisor, as Yoshitaka Yamaguchi will be serving as the director. Several screenshots from the special have also been revealed.

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The Hollywood star-powered cast, which includes big names like Rinko Kikuchi from Pacific Rim and Rila Fukushima from The Wolverine and Arrow, are confirmed to appear in the special. You can check out the movie’s star-studded cast here:

Speaking of the cast, they are also featured in the movie’s new poster visual, which also includes the movie’s antagonists, which are gigantic humanoid cockroaches which can fly!


The live-action Terraformars movie is slated to premiere in Japan on 29 April 2016, which coincides with its Golden Week holidays promise.

The movie will be adapting the Bugs 2 arc from the manga, which are the second batch of people sent to Mars to counter the Terraformar threat. Because the original manga featured a multi-national cast which includes a man from Israel, a man from Thailand, an American, etc., the movie’s casting will go down like the live-action Attack on Titan movie, where the characters are getting what fans call a “race lift” and will feature a Japanese-only cast. Because this conflicts with the manga’s setting, changes to the characters were made.

Source:  Comic Natalie