When gay erotic manga author Gengoroh Tagame opted for a change of tack, he created My Brother’s Husband. Since then it’s been rightly celebrated for its honest portrayal of queer love and family life, and now it’s getting the live-action drama treatment.
The manga’s adaptation will be a three-episode mini-series, set to premiere in Japan on March 4th. The revealed main cast include Ryuta Sato (Rookies live-action series) as Yaichi, with former sumo wrestler Baruto Kaito as Mike.
Yuri Nakamura will portray Yaichi’s ex-wife Natsuki, and Maharu Nemoto plays Yaichi’s daughter Kana. The cast are directed by Teruyuki Yoshida and Yukihiro Toda, while the latter also pens the series’ scripts.
My Brother’s Husband is a family drama that begins with the auspicious arrival of Mike, a Canadian who has come to pay respects to the family of his recently deceased Japanese husband Ryoji, whose only remaining immediate family member is Yaichi – an identical twin brother. As Mike gets accustomed to Japanese mores and the surprising idiosyncrasies of living with Yaichi and his daughter Kana, the sleepy Japanese suburb also learns the true meaning of family.
Tagame, previously known for Fisherman’s Lodge and Endless Game among others, launched My Brother’s Husband in 2014 in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine, where it ended in May. Pantheon released their first omnibus volume in June, and the series was named as one of Amazon’s top 20 Best Books of 2017 in the ‘Comics & Graphic Novels’ category.