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Lone Wolf and Cub, written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima, is a samurai manga classic. The series has been adapted into a set of films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Itto—who travels with his son Daigoro seeking revenge against the Yagyu clan—as well as a TV series, multiple plays, and more. Next up to bat is Kamala Films, which has acquired the rights, with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Better Luck Tomorrow) attached to direct.
Kamala's Marissa McMahon is set to produce the film with 1212 Entertainment's Elizabeth Grave and Joshua Long, and Roberto Grande will serve as executive producer. The script is being handled by David and Janet Peoples, who share credit together on Twelve Monkeys. Some of their works by themselves and with other writers include Blade Runner, Leviathan, and Unforgiven.
In the story of the adaptation, 12 young people come into the possession of Future Diaries in which their futures are written. The 12 are forced to play a survival game and kill each other off, including Arata Hoshino (Hana-Kimi's Masaki Okada) and Yuno Furusaki (Thriller Restaurant's Ayame Gōriki).
Fuji TV aired a special 1 Oku 3 Sen Man-Nin ga Erabu Anime & Tokusatsu Hero & Heroine Best 50 (Top 50 Animated and Live-Action Special-Effects Heroes and Heroines, As Chosen by 130 Million People) program on Thursday evening. The program's title is somewhat exaggerated; Japan's entire population is just under 130 million, and the survey asked 14,000 people. Here are the top 50 heroes and top 50 heroines:
(I'm only copying over the top 10 of each, you can go to the link for the full thing)
Rank Hero 10 Joe Yabuki (Ashita no Joe) 9 Hoshi Hyūma (Kyojin no Hoshi) 8 Atom (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy) 7 Ultraman 6 Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan) 5 Ultra Seven 4 Kamen Rider 1 (Kamen Rider) 3 Lupin III 1 Son Goku (Dragon Ball, tie) 1 Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece, tie)
Rank Heroine 10 Oscar François de Jarjayes (Rose of Versailles) 9 Anne Yuri (Ultra Seven) 8 Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion) 7 Sally Yumeno (Mahōtsukai Sally) 6 Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) 5 Nami (One Piece) 4 Heidi (Alps no Shōjo Heidi) 3 Maetel (Galaxy Express 999) 2 Fujiko Mine (Lupin III) 1 Minami Asakura (Touch)