Chairman Kosaku Shima Spinoff Drama About Rinko Adds More Cast

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Lead actress Ryō photographed in costume

The staff of Buchō Kazehana Rinko no Koi (Section Manager Rinko Kazehana's Romance), the two-week television serial based on Kenshi Hirokane's Chairman Kosaku Shima (Kaichō Shima Kōsaku) manga, announced two new cast members on Tuesday.

Ryō Ryūsei as Toshiya Yoshida, an employee under Rinko

Hiroyuki Hirayama as Kōtarō Takazawa, a teahouse owner who is Rinko's lover

The staff also revealed an image of actress Ryō in costume as the title character Rinko.

The show will air two 55-minute episodes on July 5 and July 12, respectively. The episodes will air on YTV and NTV.

The series is adapting a six-chapter spinoff manga titled "Kaichō Shima Kōsaku Tokubetsu-hen: Kazehana Rinko no Koi," which launched in this year's 25th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on May 24. Both the manga and the show star Rinko Kazehana, a section manager at Kosaku Shima's company. Fumi Tsubota (Hugtto! Precure) is writing the show's script.

Since 1983, Hirokane has been depicting the corporate rise of a Japanese executive named Kōsaku Shima. With every change in job title the main character receives, the manga title also changes. The manga began under the name Kachō Shima Kōsaku (Section Chief Kōsaku Shima). Sequels include Division Chief Kosaku Shima, Managing Director Kosaku Shima, Executive Managing Director Kosaku Shima, Senmu Shima Kōsaku, President Kosaku Shima, and Chairman Kosaku Shima. Chairman Kosaku Shima is currently ongoing in Morning magazine, and the ninth volume (seen right) shipped last October.

Other manga spinoffs include Young Shima Kōsaku and Young Shima Kōsaku Shunin-hen. Hirokane ended the Gakusei Shima Kōsaku (Student Kōsaku Shima) spinoff manga in Kodansha's Evening magazine in April 2017, and launched the Gakusei Shima Kōsaku: Jūkatsu-hen (Student Kōsaku Shima: Job Hunting) spinoff in May 2017. Hirokane and Shin Kibayashi's Shima Kōsaku no Jikenbo (Kōsaku Shima Case Files) manga spinoff launched last August and ended last December. A compiled book volume shipped in January.

Source: Comic Natalie

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