Fans of the Dragon Zakura franchise will be elated to hear that the official website for the live-action series of Norifusa Mita‘s Dragon Zakura 2 manga has revealed more cast, as well as the premiere date for the live-action sequel show.
DRAGON ZAKURA SEQUEL
The announcement was made that Kaito Takahashi of the King & Prince musical idol group will play Akira Sato who has lost his parents and runs a ramen shop alone. Dragon Zakura 2 was originally scheduled to be released last year, however, it will now premiere in April. The story is set 10 years after the previous series.
Crunchyroll published the manga digitally in English and describes the story as follows:
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 revealed cast members for the sequel are Masami Nagasawa as Naomi Mizuno, Sara Minami as Nao Hayase, Hayato Sano as Keita Komeyama, Sagiri Seina as Kaori Kishimoto, Noriko Eguchi as Kumiko Tatsuno, Mitsuhiro Oikawa as Hiroyuki Takahara, Hiroshi Abe as Kenji Sakuragi, Kanata Hosoda as Kenta Hara, Sara Shida as Mari Kosugi, Oji Suzuka as Ryо̄ Fujii, Seishirō Katō as Kо̄ichiro Amano, and Yurina Hirate as Kaede Iwasaki.
ABOUT THE FRANCHISE
The original manga series is written and illustrated by Norifusa Mita. Serialized in Weekly Morning from 2003 to 2007, it was released into 21 tankōbon by Kodansha between October 22, 2003, and August 23, 2007. It was adapted into a live-action television series of the same name that broadcasted in 2005.
The manga has sold over 6 million copies and won the 2005 Kodansha Manga Award for general manga. It also won an Excellence Prize at the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival.
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.
Mita (Investor Z) launched the Dragon Zakura 2 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.
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