Tobaku Haōden Zero Live-Action Series Reveals Cast, July 15 Premiere
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for Zero Ikkakusenkin Game (Zero: Get Rich Quick Game), the live-action television series based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's Tobaku Haōden Zero gambling manga, revealed the show's cast and premiere date on Tuesday.
The cast includes:
(Front row, left to right)
- Shōtarō Mamiya as Seigi Suezaki
- Shigeaki Katō as "Zero" Ukai
- Eiko Koike as Mineko Gotō
- Amane Okayama as Hiroshi Sashima
- Yūta Koseki as Yūki Hikawa
- Ryo Kato as Chikara Manabe
- Yōsuke Sugino as Sunao Saotome
Shunpei Maruyama is directing the series, and Shinji Obara is penning the scripts. The series will premiere on NTV on July 15 at 10:00 p.m., and the show will air every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. from the second episode onward.
In the manga's story, teenager "Zero" Ukai is a gambling genius who enters a trillion-yen (about US$12-billion) survival game. In the television show, Zero is a substitute teacher at a local cram school.
The manga launched in 2007 and took a two-and-a-half-year hiatus after finishing its first story arc. The manga resumed with the second part, Tobaku Haōden Zero Gyanki-hen, in 2011. Kodansha published the first part in eight compiled volumes and the second part in 10 compiled volumes.
Fukumoto is best known for his long-running Kaiji gambling manga, which inspired two television anime series, two live-action films, a reality show, and a VR game. The spinoff manga Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa is inspiring its own anime that will premiere in July.