Former Kara Idol Kang Jiyoung Co-Stars in Live-Action Jigoku Sensei Nube TV Show
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The staff of the upcoming television series adaptation of Takeshi Okano and Sho Makura's Jigoku Sensei Nube manga announced on Thursday that former Kara idol Kang Jiyoung (Urakara, Koisuru Maison ~Rainbow Rose~) will co-star in the series as the yōkai Yukime, the self-professed fiancee of Nube.
Jiyong is resuming her activities in Japan as an actress with this role. She retired from Kara in April then went to England to study English and acting. She then signed with the Sweet Power agency in August.
The rest of the show's main cast includes:
- Ryūhei Maruyama (Wild 7, Strawberry Night) as Meisuke "Nuubee" Nueno
- Mirei Kiritani (live-action Arakawa Under the Bridge, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) as Ritsuko Takahashi
- Mokomichi Hayami (Gokusen 2, Zettai Kareshi - Kanzen Muketsu no Koibito Robot) as Kyōsuke Tamamo
- Mizuki Yamamoto (live-action Black Butler) as Izuna Hazuki
- Hideki Takahashi (Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom's Zekrom) as Mugenkai Jikū
The drama series is slated to premiere in October and will air on Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. The new series shifts the story's setting from elementary school to high school.
Makura and Okano serialized the original manga from 1993 to 1999 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The original manga series centers around Nube, a young male teacher whose left hand is an "oni hand." He resolves cases by using the power of his left hand to purify evil spirits.
Makura and Okano published a one-shot manga titled "Jigoku Sensei Nube: Ōmagatoki" in Grand Jump in April, 15 years after the original manga ended. The duo then launched a sequel manga titled Jigoku Sensei Nube Neo in Grand Jump Premium's June issue on May 28. The first compiled volume of the sequel will ship on October 3.
The original manga inspired a television anime series, a video anime series, and three anime films.