Previously announced for a release across movie theatres throughout Japan on June 19th, 2020, the upcoming Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro is the newest victim to be struck by the delays caused by the spread of COVID-19.
The decision to postpone the movie was made after many discussions with the production team and with the spread of the Coronavirus, they decided that the health and safety of the visitors going to see the movie are the top priority.
The movie is slated to follow the story of the manga and anime of the series by the same name.
I for one am quite saddened by this announcement as I was whole-heartedly looking forward to seeing the live-action rendition of the series. I absolutely loved the series and the announcement of the movie coming to theatres made me go back and watch the whole twelve episode series again just to make sure I’m on top of what changed in the movie compared to the anime.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, let me give you a brief rundown:
Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro is the story of Agetaro, the son of the heir to a tonkatsu restaurant, who aims to become a full-fledged DJ and tonkatsu restaurant operator. One night, Agetaro delivers an order to a staff member at a local nightclub and gets invited inside as a token of thanks.
A little hesitant at first, he soon finds himself absorbed by the atmosphere, falling in love with the dancing girls, flashing lights, and groovy music. Agetaro starts becoming a regular at the club until a specific night leads him to a chance encounter with a legendary American DJ: Big Master Fly.
Big Master Fly put on a show that Agetaro would never forget and sparks an epiphany in Agetaro, the groove of mixing music appears to be strikingly similar to the rhythm of preparing tonkatsu. With this in mind, Agetarou sets his sights on becoming a master of both DJing and making Tonkatsu.
With the Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro movie being delayed, that’s one less thing that I have to look forward to this coming Summer. The studio stated that they’re in the process of deciding a new release date for the movie and will update the fans as soon as they have made a decision.