Tanabata no Kuni (manga/TV drama)

Tanabata no Kuni (七夕の国lit.Tanabata Country) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. It was serialized in Shogakukan‘s seinen manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1996 to 1999, with its chapters collected in four tankōbon volumes. A live-action series adaptation is set to premiere in July 2024.


Yōji Minamimaru (南丸 洋二Minamimaru Yōji)
Portrayed by: Kanata Hosoda
Sachiko Higashimaru
Portrayed by: Ryōko Fujino
Masami Murakami
Portrayed by: Hiroshi Mikami
Yoriyuki Murakami
Portrayed by: Takayuki Yamada


Written and illustrated by Hitoshi IwaakiTanabata no Kuni was serialized in Shogakukan‘s seinen manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1996 to 1999. Shogakukan collected its chapters in four tankōbon volumes, released from June 30, 1997 to February 26, 1999.


No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 June 30, 1997 4-09-184541-X
2 March 30, 1998 4-09-184542-8
3 September 30, 1998 4-09-184543-6
4 February 26, 1999 4-09-184544-4

Live-action series

In January 2024, it was announced that the series will receive a live-action series adaptation set to premiere on Disney+‘s Star platform in July of the same year.


Tanabata no Kuni

First tankōbon volume cover
Genre Science fiction
Written by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Published by Shogakukan
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Demographic Seinen
Original run 1996 – 1999
Volumes 4
Television drama
Directed by
  • Takahide Sano
  • Hayato Kawai
  • Yūsuke Taki
Written by
  • Yūsuke Taki
  • Akiko Miyoshi
  • Mari Asato
  • Takamasa Oe (cooperation)
Licensed by Disney Platform Distribution
Original run July 2024 – scheduled

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