When an upcoming anime adaptation is announced, it’s safe to assume it came from a popular manga. Most new anime comes either from manga or are totally new creations. We rarely hear about anime being adapted from other media, but it happens.
For example: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas.
No, my Tourrets isn’t acting up, it’s the name of a new anime being adapted from a popular Japanese novel. Yes, the Japanese don’t ONLY write manga, they also write books. We just don’t hear as much about those.
The 2015 novel (Kimi no Suizo wo Tabetai) was written by Yoru Sumino and adapted into a live-action movie released in July of this year.
Despite what the name alludes to, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is not about zombies. Or ghouls. Or vampires. Or anything even remotely like that, but no one would blame you for thinking that.
The story is, surprisingly, a dramatic romance novel. It follows the story of high school student, named I, as he meets Sakura Yamauchi, a girl who suffers from a fatal pancreatic disease. He falls for her, but sadly she passes away. Years later, I is a teacher at the same school where the two attended in their youth. He reminisces about the short time he had with Sakura.
Didn’t see that coming, did you?
It’s more The Notebook than Tokyo Ghoul. I suppose the name was meant to attract a younger audience – and by that I mean, enabling women to trick their boyfriends into seeing a romance flick. Very sneaky.
The live-action tearjerker has received very positive ratings, which is likely why the anime version is in production. You can see the anime trailer right here:
If you’re looking for something a little different (and with a little soul), check out I Want To Eat Your Pancreas.
And if you’ve seen the live-action version, let us know what you thought in the comments below.