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Misaki No. 1!! High School Manga Gets Live-Action Show

posted on by Egan Loo
Karina stars as cabaret hostess-turned-teacher in story by Wild Life's Masato Fujisaki

Starting this January, 26-year-old actress Karina will star as the title character in a live-action television adaptation of Masato Fujisaki's Misaki No. 1!! manga. In the story, Misaki Tennōji is the #1 cabaret club hostess in Tokyo's glitzy Roppongi district. One day, at the request of her madam "Mama," she becomes a teacher for a class of troublemakers at an elite high school. Her new assignment is supposed to last "only three months."

The new series will air at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays on NTV. It will assemble the staff that produced another popular manga-based NTV series about an unconventional school teacher, Gokusen.

The original Misaki No. 1!! manga ran in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine in 2008, and one book volume was compiled and published. The public broadcaster NHK produced a live-action television series based on Fujisaki's Wild Life veterinarian manga in 2008, but it was canceled after two giraffes died shortly after being filmed for the project. NHK ended up airing two of the three episodes in March of that year.

Sources: NTV News 24, Web The Television, Oricon

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