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Live-Action Prison School Show Reveals Joe's Actor, Song, New Visual

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Actor & former kickboxer DAIKI Miyagi plays Joe in series premiering October 25

The website of the live-action television series of Akira Hiramoto's Prison School manga announced on Friday that actor and former kickboxer DAIKI Miyagi will play Jōji "Joe" Nezu in the show.

In addition, the website revealed that the rock band HaKU will perform the show's opening theme song "Shōdō" (Urge).

The website also unveiled a new visual for the show. The new visual includes panels from the manga in the background, and is a deliberate nod to the Prison School anime's second key visual.

Japanese television station MBS previously aired a 15-second promotional video for the show.

The previously announced cast includes:

Taishi Nakagawa (Minami-kun no Koibito ~my little lover) stars as the male lead Kyoshi

Hirona Yamazaki (live-action As the Gods Will, Orange) plays Mari Kurihara, the underground student council president who brings together the female students with beauty and power

Aoi Morikawa (Fatal Frame, Sprout) plays Hana Midorikawa, the underground student council's secretary

Asana Mamoru (Garo: Makai no Hana, Million Arthur, Ghost in the Shell Arise stage play) plays Meiko Shiraki, "the underground student council vice president who wields a whip on the boys and jiggling dynamite boobs."

Tokio Emoto (Garo: Makai no Hana, Shinya Shokudō movie) plays Takehito "Gakuto" Morokuzu

Masato Yano (2012 GTO, Legal High) plays Shingo Wakamoto

Comedian Galigaligalixon plays‎ Reiji "Andre" Andō

Masahiro Takashima (live-action Bloody Monday, Nobunaga Concerto) plays the Hachimitsu Academy Chairman

Rena Takeda (live-action Assassination Classroom) plays Chiyo, who harbors feelings for Kiyoshi

Yūko Araki (Aoi Tori, Kamen Rider Wizard) plays Anzu, who harbors feelings for Shingo

The series will premiere on the MBS on October 25 at 24:50 (effectively on October 26 at 12:50 a.m.), and then it will play on TBS on October 27 at 25:11. Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, Nuigurumaa Z) is directing the late-night series at the production studio ROBOT.

North American publisher Yen Press prints the manga for North America, and it describes the series:

Hachimitsu Private Academy was a revered and elite all-girls' boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo...once upon a time. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: Boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he's one of only five boys enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body, is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunates?!

Iguchi said with a laugh that when he heard about the live-action television plans, he initially asked, "Is this for real?" He felt that if he squandered this chance to adapt this amusing manga, he would regret it for the rest of his life.

Hiramoto launched the manga in Kodansha's Young Magazine in February 2011, and it has 6 million copies in print. The 18th volume shipped on August 6. The manga won the Best General Manga award alongside Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's Gurazeni manga at Kodansha's 37th Annual Manga Awards last year.

The manga is also inspiring an ongoing Summer television anime, and Funimation is streaming the anime.

Hiramoto also wrote the award-winning supernatural drama manga Me and the Devil Blues, which Del Rey published in North America. Hiramoto's Ago Nashi Gen to Ore Monogatari manga received a mobile phone anime adaptation in 2010. Hiramoto's Yarisugi Companion to Atashi Monogatari manga inspired a live-action film in 2011.

Source: Comic Natalie

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