Seimei Kidokoro has replaced Mitsuko Kase as the director of the second installment of a two-part animated feature film adaptation of “Haikara-san ga Toru” (Here comes Ms. Modern).

It was previously announced that Kase would direct the film, which follows the first installment, directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi.

Kidokoro has served as an assistant director for the animated feature film “Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?” and an episode director for the TV anime “March Comes in Like a Lion” and “Polar Bear’s Cafe.”

The original “Haikara-san ga Toru” manga series by Waki Yamato ran in the Weekly Shojo Friend comic anthology for girls from 1975 to 1977. It follows the romantic story between tomboy Benio Hanamura and army lieutenant Shinobu Ijuin set in the Taisho Era (1912-1926).

The manga became so popular that the comic book series boasts more than 12 million copies in print. It was adapted into an animated TV series in 1978, subsequently spawning live-action film and TV adaptations.

The two-part animated film adaptation was produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original manga, with the first installment released on Nov. 11, 2017. The second installment is scheduled to premiere in 2018.

A visual from the second part shows Hanamura in a wedding dress with her eyes closed.

The classic TV anime finished its run before the story reached the climax, but the latest film project will show what will become of Hanamura and Ijuin at the end.

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