The original comic ran from 1968-1971
© Ikki Kajiwara, Naoki Tsuji, Kodansha
Media news website Comic Natalie reported on Monday that Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji’s Tiger Mask manga will get a streaming-action film adaptation in Italy. The film is co-produced by Italian production companies Fabula Pictures and Brandon Box. Manga publisher Kodansha will also co-produce the film. The live-action adaptation will add international elements to the Tiger Mask manga’s original story.
The original “Tiger Mask” was the alter ego of the character Naoto Date, a professional wrestler who opposes an evil wrestling organization and fights for children in an orphanage. The original manga was serialized from 1968 to 1971 in Kodansha’s Bokura magazine, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, and other magazines. Along with the baseball manga Kyojin no Hoshi, Tiger Mask is considered Kajiwara’s life’s work. The manga inspired two anime series in 1969-1971 and 1981-1982. The 1969 television anime series achieved the highest rating of 31.9%.
A Japanese live-action film adaptation of the manga premiered in 2013. Tiger Mask W, the latest anime based on the original manga, premiered in Japan in 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the anime.
The Tiger Mask donation drive began on Christmas morning 2010 when a person left 10 backpacks worth 30,000 yen (about $202 today) at a children’s guidance center in Gunma Prefecture under the name “ Naoto Date”, Tiger Mask’s alter ego. After the first movement in 2010, donations to Japanese children’s centers in the names of famous figures and personalities increased in the following years.
A website called Tiger Mask Foundation was founded in 2011 and is using donations for projects focused on helping children and teens at children’s homes as well as providing care services. other societies in Japan.
Source: Natalie Comics