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Manga series ‘Tanya the Evil’ becomes a movie

Manga fans take note: The animated movie version of the manga series "The Saga of Tanya the Evil" is coming to a local screen.

"Saga of Tanya the Evil — the Movie" will screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Regal Cinemas' Northtown Mall 12. This is the film's U.S. premiere.

Directed by Yukata Uemura, the movie is an adaptation first of the young-adult novel series written by Carlo Zen and illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuki. The series was later made into a Japanese TV series.

Here is a brief plot synopsis (courtesy of IMDB.com): "On the front lines of the war, there is a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes, and porcelain white skin, she commands her squad with lisping voice. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. But in reality, she is one of Japan's most elite salary men, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being who calls himself God. This little girl, who prioritizes efficiency and her own career over anything else, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army."

Uemura's movie, which takes place after the events in the animated series, was released in Japan on Feb. 8.