Manga-Based Bloody Monday Drama Gets Sequel in January
posted on by Egan Loo
The live-action television drama adaptation of Ryō Ryūmon and Kōji Megumi's Bloody Monday suspense manga will launch a sequel series on January 23. 19-year-old Haruma Miura (3rd Gokusen series, Akihabara @ DEEP) will reprise his role of Fujimaru Takagi, a high school student and genius white-hat hacker who tries to clear his father's name by tracking down the "Bloody Monday" conspiracy. Whereas the first series dealt with a deadly Russian weapons-grade virus, the new season is set two years later when an aircraft bearing a new kind of nuclear weapon threatens Tokyo.
The returning cast includes Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O) as Takagi's classmate Kujo, Michiko Kichise (Nodame Cantabile) as the mysterious woman Maya, and Hiroki Narimiya (Gokusen, Akihabara @ DEEP, NANA) as the terrorist planner "J." The new season will feature the new castmembers Tomoka Kurokawa (Detective Conan, Last Quarter, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel) and Masahiro Takashima (Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, The Snow Queen) in unspecified roles.
The "Season 1" arc of the manga ran in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 2007 to 2009, and the arc's 11th and final compiled book volume shipped in May. The 11 volumes have sold 4 million copies so far. The Bloody Monday Season 2: Pandora no Hako (Pandora's Box) arc of the manga launched in October. The first television drama series, which has been nicknamed the "Japanese 24" after the American suspense television series, ran from October to December of last year.