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Live-Action Dragon Zakura Sequel Show Casts Kanata Hosoda

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Hosoda plays Tokyo University student Kenta Hara in April series

The official website for the live-action series of Norifusa Mita's Dragon Zakura Two sequel manga revealed on Friday that Kanata Hosoda (below) will play Kenta Hara, a student at Tokyo University who has a fascination of insects. He is suffering from a personal problem that isolates him from his friends.

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.

The other cast members include:

The series was initially slated to premiere in summer 2020, but was delayed, and will now premiere in April.

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, and will publish the 15th volume on March 23. The manga will end on March 18.

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.

Sources: Dragon Zakura Two live-action series' website, Comic Natalie

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