Ranjō Miyake's Bussen Manga Gets Live-Action Drama, Stage Play
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Ranjō Miyake's Bussen manga is getting both a live-action drama and a stage adaptation this year. Ryō Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Fourze's Ryusei Sakuta, live-action Daily Lives of High School Boys' Hidenori) will star in both adaptations as the monk-in-training Shōsuke Tamura.
The manga centers on a Buddhist temple that opens the "Bussen" Buddhist vocational school to try to escape its financial difficulties. The school recruits students from around Japan who were not able to pass any of their high school entrance examinations and have been left behind by other schools. A neighboring rich temple sends in the airheaded and clumsy monk-in-training Shōsuke Tamura as a spy at Bussen.
Miyake serialized the manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine between 1999-2001, and the company published six compiled volumes. Ohta Publishing Co. republished the series in three volumes in 2006.
The 10-episode drama will air on Tuesdays starting on July 16. The stage adaptation will play for 16 shows between November 6-17 at Tokyo's Akasaka ACT Theater.
Images © 2013 Bussen Production Committee
© Ranjō Miyake / Ohta Publishing Co.