Blazing Transfer Student Manga Gets Live-Action Show on Netflix Worldwide
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A live-action series adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto's Blazing Transfer Student (Honō no Tenkōsei) manga has been green-lit. The eight-episode drama is titled Honō no Tenkōsei REBORN, and will be available on 190 countries on Netflix this winter. All seven members of the Johnny's West singing group will star in the series.
The original manga centered on Noboru Takizawa, a transfer studennt at a new high school where disputes are settled through fights. He picks a fight with the school bully Ibuki Saburo in the hopes of winning the right to date Yukari Takamura, the school idol. The new series will be a sequel set years after the original story, with Noboru now the principal at his own elite high school, Tanebi Academy, which he established for a certain purpose. By coincidence, seven students all named Kakeru transfer into the school to infiltrate and improve it from within in order to solve a problem that has national implications.
Toshio Li (live-action Detroit Metal City) is directing the series.
The original manga ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1983 to 1985. Shimamoto was college classmates with some of the co-founders of anime studio Gainax, which went on to adapt the manga into a two-episode original video anime in 1991. Shimamoto has also created other over-the-top comedies such as Anime Tenchō, Hoero Pen, and Hero Company. He also created more serious fare such as Aoi Honō and The Skull Man, his interpretation of Shotaro Ishinomori's classic anti-hero manga. Anime Tenchō and Hero Company inspired anime, while Aoi Honō inspired a live-action television series.
Source: Comic Natalie