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Live-Action Dragon Zakura Sequel Show Rescheduled to April

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sequel with Hiroshi Abe as gangster-turned-attorney-turned-teacher was slated for last summer

The staff of the live-action series of Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura Two sequel manga announced on Wednesday that the series will now premiere this April on TBS' Sunday 9:00 p.m. "Nichiyō Gekijō Waku" time slot.

The series was initially slated to premiere in summer 2020, but was delayed.

Actor Hiroshi Abe (Still Walking, Thermae Romae) is reprising his role as Kenji Sakuragi from the previous live-action adaptations of the original manga. The story is set 10 years after the previous series.

Mita (Investor Z) launched the Dragon Zakura Two manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine in January 2018. Kodansha published the 14th volume on January 21.

Crunchyroll began publishing the manga in English digitally in January 2018, and it describes the story:

Prior to the 2020 Education Reform, “our man” is coming back!
He's the legendary attorney Sakuragi Kenji, who will waltz back to the fallen Ryuzan High School where the students' academic aptitude is plummeting. In opposition to apathetic students and “The Empress” (Representative of the Chief Director) who wields overwhelming authority, he will start a revolution along with Mizuno, his former pupil.
Part 2 of Dragon Zakura, the legendary “manga that will help you pass the University of Tokyo entrance exams” — which helped change the landscape of Japan's university entrance exams — is here at last! Rest assured, entering the University of Tokyo is going to be a cinch!

The 2003-2007 Kodansha Manga Award-winning Dragon Zakura manga previously inspired a live-action television series in 2005, with a sequel in 2010, and a Korean live-action television series in 2010. Mita's Angel Bank: Dragon Zakura Gaiden manga also inspired a Japanese live-action project in 2010. Nikkei reported in 2015 that China's Alibaba group was producing its own live-action drama.

The original manga centers on Kenji Sakuragi, a lawyer and former motorcycle gang member. Sakuragi becomes a teacher at Ryuzan High School to help a small group of students pass the infamously difficult test to get into Japan's top university, the University of Tokyo.

Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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