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Yakuza Reincarnation Creator Takeshi Natsuhara's Densetsu no Head Shō Manga Gets Live-Action Show

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kamen Rider Zero-One's Fumiya Takahashi plays dual roles: gang leader & lowly student who look identical

TV Asahi announced on Wednesday that it is producing a live-action series adaptation of Takeshi Natsuhara and Takashi Hamori's Densetsu no Head Shō manga that will premiere in July. Fumiya Takahashi (Kamen Rider Zero-One, seen below) will play both protagonist Tatsuhito Yamada and gang leader Shō Ijūin. Takashi Sumida, Keisuke Kondō, and Hisashi Ueda are directing the series, with scripts by Kazunao Furuya, and music by Alisa Okehazama.

Image via Comic Natalie

Image via Comic Natalie

The manga centers on the chance encounter between two people who look exactly the same: gang leader Shō Ijūin, whose Grand Cross gang has more than 1,000 members, and Tatsuhito Yamada, a student on the lowest rung on the school caste. Circumstances force them to switch lives.

Natsuhara and Hamori published the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 2003 to 2005. It was Natsuhara's debut work. Kodansha published 11 compiled book volumes for the manga.

Natushara and Kuromaru later worked on the Kurosagi - The Black Swindler manga, which ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Young Sunday from 2003 to 2008, with 20 compiled book volumes. The next series, titled Shin Kurosagi, launched in Weekly Young Sunday, but switched to Big Comic Spirits after Young Sunday ceased publication in 2008. The sequel manga ran until 2012, with 18 compiled book volumes. Shin Kurosagi Kanketsu-hen began in 2012, and ended in 2013, with four compiled book volumes. The manga inspired a live-action television series starring Tomohisa Yamashita in 2006, a sequel live-action film in 2008, as well as a new live-action series that premiered in October 2022.

Natsuhara and Hiroki Miyashita launched the Yakuza Reincarnation manga in Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine in July 2019, and it is ongoing. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English.

Source: Comic Natalie

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