Actor Lily Franky (Yakuza Apocalypse, Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf) is joining the cast of Gin to Kin, an upcoming live-action TV drama based on the manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto that explores a seedy underworld in which rich elites engage in high-stakes gambling. Hit the jump to learn more.
Gin to Kin ("Silver and Gold") - a manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto (Akagi, Kaiji) about a shadowy society of bankers, politicians, and other rich elites that engage in seedy schemes and underhanded deals in pursuit of staggering sums of money - is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will debut on TV Tokyo in January of 2017. Hit the jump to "zawa zawa...".
A new TV spot for the Tokyo Casino Project smart phone game by Colopl features Japanese professional figure skater Nobunari Oda as Kaiji Itō from Kaiji - Ultimate Survivor. Hit the jump to check it out.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the debut of manga artist Nobuyuki Fukumoto, author of such works as Kaiji and Akagi, the Gallery of Fantastic Art in Tokyo is holding an exhibition of Fukuomoto's work as well as a collaboration cafe. Hit the jump to learn more.
After hosting Gundam's artist Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and other luminaries, "Rieko Saibara's Manga Artist Showdown" has spawned a series of sketch charity auctions, the latest of which is inspired by the legendary works of Osamu Tezuka. Check them out after the jump.
Rieko Saibara (Kaasan - Mom's Life) is the organizer of a series of conference discussion/sketching challenges with manga greats that she appropriately calls "Rieko Saibara's Manga Artist Showdown." Some of the results of her mega-showdown with Gundam designer/manga artist Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and other luminaries are being auctioned on Yahoo with the proceeds going to quake relief charity. Details after the jump.