Live-Action Zenigata Keibu Project Unveils Poster Visual for WOWOW Series

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NTV, Hulu to premiere dramas on February 10, WOWOW's drama to premiere February 19

The official Twitter account for the three live-action programs based on the Inspector Zenigata character from Monkey Punch's Lupin III franchise unveiled a poster visual for WOWOW's Renzoku Drama W Zenigata Keibu Shikkoku no Hanzai File (Drama Series Double: Inspector Zenigata Jet-Black Crime Files) series on Monday.

The live-action television drama series Zenigata Keibu (Inspector Zenigata) will debut on February 10 on NTV's Kinyō Roadshow! programming block, which often airs anime films and live-action adaptations of manga. Hulu will begin streaming all four episodes of the Zenigata Keibu Shinku no Sōsa File (Inspector Zenigata: Crimson Investigation Files) live-action series that same day. WOWOW will begin airing all four episodes of the Renzoku Drama W Zenigata Keibu Shikkoku no Hanzai File drama series on February 19.

NTV, WOWOW, and Hulu Japan are collaborating on the project, with NTV showing the main story, and WOWOW and Hulu Japan showing different stories after the NTV airing.

The project stars:

Ryohei Suzuki as Kōichi Zenigata, a serious and obstinate detective who is usually dedicated to tracking down international thief Lupin III. He is part of the Metropolitan Police Department CID, as well as Interpol.

Former AKB48 idol Atsuko Maeda as Natsuki Sakuraba, a young detective at the Metropolitan Police Department CID Division 1 who values order and organization. Her father was a policeman who died in the line of duty, and she followed his path to become a policeman as well.

Takahiro Miura as Shintarō Kunikida, a detective at the Metropolitan Police Department CID Division 1 who has not yet managed to find success in his career. He can't hold his liquor and easily cries, often thinking that he is not cut out to be a detective. When he and Zenigata move to solve the case of a mysterious explosion, he begins to learn many things from the stubborn detective.

Tarō Ōtani (NTV) and Hitoshi Iwamoto (AXON) are directing the series, while Masahiro Yamaura, Tetsuya Oishi, Naoya Takayama, Junpei Yamaoka, and others pen the scripts.

The Inspector Zenigata character is a recurring character of the Lupin III franchise, and appears in the original manga, as well as subsequent television anime, films, and other media in the franchise. He is the rival of the titular character, constantly trying and failing to capture Lupin III.

[Via Comic Natalie]

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