Kamen Teacher Manga by GTO's Fujisawa Gets Live-Action Show
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Kis-My-Ft2 idol group member Taisuke Fujigaya will star in this summer's live-action television adaptation of Kamen Teacher, a manga by GTO creator Tohru Fujisawa. The titular role will be the first teacher role for Fujigaya, as well as his first special-effects (tokusatsu) and motorcycle action role. The story blends elements of school drama and hero action genres.
The manga centers around Gōta Araki, a special Instructor in the Kamen Teacher Program which gives problem schools a complete overhaul. When he dons a mask, Araki becomes "Kamen Teacher Hayato Jūmonji," a hero for justice. He brings light to troubled schools by putting down delinquents.
In the live-action version, Araki has been transfered to another high school after a certain incident. There, he is handed the second year's Class C, which only has problem students led by a powerful student nicknamed "M4." Araki wants to reach out to the students without resorting to using the power of the mask, but he reluctantly puts it on to bring the students in line and rehabilitate them.
Aya Ōmasa will play an English teacher (Paradise Kiss), while Idol group Sexy Zone's Fūma Kikuchi (Future Diary -Another World-) will play the powerful student leader "M4." Other cast members include Johnny's Jr. members Jesse, Yūta Kishi, Taiga Kyōmoto, Shō Takada, and A.B.C-Z's Ryōichi Tsukada. Fujigaya noted that he loved hero stories as a child and wanted to put on a mask back then.
The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Young Magazine from 2006 to 2007, and Shueisha published four volumes. Fujisawa has just launched a sequel called Kamen Teacher BLACK in Weekly Young Magazine last month. The television series will premiere on July 6, and NTV's Hiroyuki Ueno is producing.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web