Akagi Manga Ends, New Live-Action Series Dated for May 25
posted on by Karen Ressler
The official website for the live-action television adaptation of Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Akagi mahjong manga announced on Thursday that the new three-episode mini series Akagi: Washizu Mahjong Kanketsu-hen (Akagi: Washizu Mahjong Concluding Chapter) will premiere on May 25. In addition it announced that Shōnan no Kaze wrote the theme song titled "Kokushimusō" (after the name of a high-scoring Mahjong hand).
The new show will star:
- Kanata Hongou as Shigeru Akagi
- Masahiko Tsugawa as Iwao Washizu
- Yōji Tanaka as Takeshi Ōgi
- Satoshi Jinbo as Yasuoka
The manga series begins on one stormy night, when Nangō is playing a game of Mahjong with the local yakuza. Soon, he finds himself on a losing streak. If Nangō loses, he will have to pay with his life. Suddenly, a young teenaged boy, Shigeru Akagi, barges in, drenched from the rain. After watching a couple of games, he offers to replace the struggling Nangō. At that moment, a new legend is born.
The manga also inspired a 10-episode live-action television series starring Hongou in summer 2015, and Crunchyroll streamed that series as well. A second season, titled titled Akagi "Ryūzaki, Yagi-hen" "Ichikawa-hen" (Akagi "Ryūzaki, Yagi Arc" "Ichikawa Arc"), premiered last October.
Source: Comic Natalie