A live-action adaptation of “Hiroin Shikkaku” by Momoko Koda, ‘No Longer Heroine’ [ヒロイン失格], set in a Japanese high school, follows Hatori Matsuzaki (Mirei Kiritani) who has a crush on her friend Rita Terasaka (Kento Yamazaki) whom she has known since they were children. Having come to terms with the fact that her crush on him has developed into love, she eagerly awaits the day that he will see she’s the one for him – his heroine.
However, after a series of events, Rita Terasaka begins dating Miho Adachi (Miwako Wagatsuma). Soon after, the most popular male student, Kosuke Hiromitsu (Kentaro Sakaguchi) takes an interest in our heroine Hatori Matsuzaki.
Largely due to Kiritani’s comedic antics throughout the movie, this rom-com does provide for a few good laughs. Directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa, Kento Yamazaki’s character is also relatable – being caught between the decisions that you think you should make and the decision that you know you should make as well as being one who is often left by others and suddenly finding himself in a position of potentially doing the same to another.
Without giving away too much, one message behind the movie is that, in the end, love prevails.
Having said that, this flick is definitely one of those movies where you find yourself checking the time halfway through and leaving the cinema slightly disappointed – it’s just a wee bit draggy with a runtime of slightly under 2 hours.
‘No Longer Heroine’ will run at selected GSC cinemas from 21st January 2016.