A series of 9 episodes is presented worldwide this year
Aiko Koyama‘s Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) Manga Inspires Live-Action Drama, titled Makanai: cook for the Maiko house in english, on Netflix. The series will have nine episodes and will air worldwide on the service this year.
The cast includes:
Hirokazu Kore-eda (Air doll live-action movie) is directing the series. Megumi Tsuno, Hiroshi Okuyama and Takuma Sato also lead. Genki Kawamura (Detroit Metal City live action movie) is in charge of the planning. Kore-eda, Tsuno, Okuyama, Sato and Mami Sunada write the screenplay. Yoshihiro Furusawa and Naomi Sato are executive producers. Kenji yamada, Ai Kashima, and Eiji Kitahara are producing the series. Risa Kitabayashi is an associate producer.
The story of the manga takes place in Kyoto’s “hanamachi” geisha district. Here, after the geishas finish their work late at night, they spend the night resting in a lodge to prepare for the next day. The story centers about Kiyo, an Aomori native who works as a cook at a geisha lodge in Kyoto after graduating from high school and leaving home. She also has a friend named Sumire who is a maiko, or apprentice geisha.
The manga inspired an anime adaptation titled Kiyo to Kyoto: From Maiko House. The anime premiered on NHK World Channel with English subtitles in February 2021 and new episodes once a month. Crisp also broadcasts the anime.
Koyama spear the manga in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in December 2016, and the series continues. The manga won the award for best Shōnen manga in the 65th Shogakukan Manga Awards in January 2020.