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Nanase Nishino joins the cast of xxxHOLiC live action movie

On Thursday, the cast of Shochiku and ASMIK Ace’s live-action movie based on CLAMP’s xxxHOLiC comic revealed Nanase Nishino as Nekomusume, animenewsnetwork.com reports. Kimihiro Watanuki is played by Ryunosuke Kamiki and Yko Ichihara is played by Kou Shibasaki. The film is directed by Mika Ninagawa (live-action Sakuran, Helter Skelter) and written by Erika Yoshida. The theme music is composed by Keiichir Shibuya.

On April 29, the film will be released in Japan.

From 2003 to 2011, CLAMP serialized the original xxxHOLiC manga in Kodansha’s Weekly Young magazine and Bessatsu Shnen magazine, renaming it xxxHOLiC:R in 2009. The most recent manga, xxxHOLiC:Rei, was released in 2013. There had an anime film, two seasons of television anime, and numerous original video anime productions based on the franchise.

Yuuko, a witch who grants people’s wishes in exchange for something valuable, and Kimihiro Watanuki, a man with visions, are the main characters of the original xxxHOLiC manga. Watanuki meets Yuuko one day, and she swears to exorcise the spirits that haunt him. Watanuki has to work in Yuuko’s shop and help her grant others’ wishes in exchange.

The manga was recently adapted into a stage play, which ran in Tokyo from September 17-26 and Kyoto from October 1-3.