Netflix confirmed to develop and produce the original series First Love, the first-ever scripted drama inspired by the chart-topping songs by J-pop icon Hikaru Utada.
Hailing from New York City, the Japanese-American singer-songwriter became the most popular top-selling Japanese artist of all time since her debut with First Love at the young age of sixteen. The original series will be based on Utada’s seminal hits “First Love’’ from her debut album released in 1999 and her 2018 single “Hatsukoi,” both which were released nearly two decades apart.
First Love follows the story of a couple who met in their youth in the late 1990’s and eventually leads up to present day as they uncover what had made their relationship memorable despite the twenty-something years that have passed.
The series will be helmed and penned by Yuri Kanchiku. Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satoh are attached to star in the original love story. Mitsushima will take the role of Yae Noguchi, an aspiring flight attendant who finds out that fate has other plans for her when she is struck by a tragic accident in the midst of realizing her dreams. Satoh will play the earnest Harumichi Namiki, who was at one time a pilot for the self-defense forces, but no longer pursuing that career path.
Utada has built a solid career over the past years, from writing songs for scripted dramas and feature films to working on themes songs for Disney’s cult-favorite Kingdom Hearts.
First Love is scheduled to launch worldwide in 2022.