81diver Manga Dramatized in Live-Action TV Series
posted on by Egan Loo
This year's 17th issue (released on March 27) of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine has confirmed that Yokusaru Shibata's 81diver manga will be adapted into a live-action television drama series. The series will premiere on May 3 on Fuji TV and its affiliates. The manga was recommended by the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival jury and nominated for the 12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
The original manga focuses on a young man named Kentarō Sugata, a former professional player of a Japanese chess-like board game known as shogi. (The manga's title comes from the 81 squares on a shogi board.) After leaving the pro circuit, Sugata enters the world of "Shinkenshi" ("true sword-masters"), or players who gamble on shogi and other board games like go and mah-jong. He meets his match in Soyo Nakashizu, a female Shinkenshi who happens to be a part-time maid in Akihabara.