Review of Japanese Movies and TV Shows
Cherry Magic The Movie
Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You A Wizard?! is a Japanese movie that was released on 8th April 2022
The film follows events of the series but this time Adachi has received an order from the company to be transferred elsewhere. How will both Adachi and Kurosawa deal with this?
All the favourite actors/characters were back in the movie.
Akaso Eiji (赤楚衛二) as Adachi Kiyoshi
The only show I’ve seen Akaso in before is Kamen Rider although he has appeared in many other productions. He is an actor and model. He dropped out of University to join the world of entertainment.
Machida Keita (町田啓太) as Kurosawa Yuichi
He is very much in demand starting his career in 2011 when joining the stage group EXILE, which he eventually had to step away from due to a calf accident. Not only is he very much in demand as an actor but has many product endorsements too, if his Instagram account is anything to go by.
Asaka Kodai (浅香航大) as Tsuge Masato
The actor appeared to have lost a lot of weight since the series, I almost didn’t recognize him. Again, another very much in-demand actor whose TV and film career appears to have started in 2011 although signed by an agency in 2008.
Yutaro (後藤優太朗) as Wataya Minato
He is just known as Yutaro. He is a model and actor who started his career in 2018 and has numerous TV and Film productions in his portfolio.
Kusakawa Takuya (草川拓弥) as Rokkaku Yuta
He is an actor, model and dancer. He has much more TV production in the acting portfolio than in films. He does appear to be very popular too.
I had been waiting to see this film for some time and was so pleased to see it.
This was like an extended episode of the TV series and I’m so pleased they kept it that way.
There was nothing extravagant about the movie, it just focused on the storytelling. The story was centred around Adachi still having his magical mind-reading powers, being forced to move to another city by his company and subsequently meeting the parents. There are some dramatic and tense scenes but also comical as well. Old friends come back with their small story arcs, and viewers will be interested in knowing what happened to them as well. The ending was everything that I wanted it to be.
I’ve no idea how close the TV shows and movie is to manga book at all, I haven’t had time to read them. The movie has made me more enthusiastic to get into them.
The show is very unique to Japan, I would be hard pushed to find similar quality entertainment in the west. I would give the movie 4.9/5. If I could have changed one thing I would have increased the pace. It was just cuddly entertainment and storytelling. So wonderful.
I notice there is a Thai version of Cherry Magic (30 ยังซิง) coming in 2023, the exact air date is to be decided.