Online streaming service HIDIVE is branching out to include more live-action content with digital distribution for the 1973 - 1976 Lone Wolf & Cub TV series, a samurai period drama based on the manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima about the shogun's disgraced former executioner who walks a hellish path toward revenge along with his infant son. Hit the jump to learn more.
Place your bets, everyone! Kakegurui, a high-stakes high school gambling manga written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Toru Naomura, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will join the "Drama-ism" programming block on MBS (Mainichi Broadcasting System) and TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) in January of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Akiko Higashimura's delightful romantic comedy manga, Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime in the original Japanese) is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will broadcast on Fuji TV beginning in January of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tokyo-based video game developer Konami is teaming up with Beijing-based film company Starlight Film to develop a live-action film and TV drama series based on the classic side-scrolling action shooter video game series, Contra. Hit the jump to learn more.
Crunchyroll previously reported that a new live-action TV drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers (known as Hana Yori Dango in the original Japanese) was being developed for an April 2018 release on Tokyo Broadcasting System, but according to the original manga author, Yoko Kamio, no such plans are in the works. Hit the jump to learn more.
Actress Suzu Hirose will play the lead role in a new live-action TV drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers (known as Hana Yori Dango in Japan), a popular and long-running romantic comedy shōjo manga by Yoko Kamio about a girl who inadvertently finds herself the object of affection of the 4 richest and most influential boys at a prestigious private school. Hit the jump to learn more.
Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara plays a millionaire leading a double-life in an upcoming special episode of Tales of the Unusual (known in Japan as Yo ni mo Kimyou na Monogatari) that is based on a short manga by Osamu Tezuka. Hit the jump to learn more.
WOWOW is taking a look at the dark side of the entertainment industry with a live-action TV drama based on Meishi Game ("Business Card Game"), a novel by Osamu Suzuki about a sleazy TV producer who is kidnapped and forced to play a deadly game by a mysterious madman. Hit the jump to learn more.
Takeshi Kaga, a Japanese actor perhaps best known in the West for his role as Chairman Kaga in the original Iron Chef, will be playing the role of Ichikawa, the blind mahjong master, in the upcoming sequel series to Akagi, a live-action TV drama based on the high stakes gambling manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some historical hijinks will soon be in-store for NHK viewers, because a live action TV drama based on Fuunjitachi ("Soldiers of Fortune"), a historical gag manga by Taro Minamoto that pokes fun at the events of the Edo period, is coming to the NHK in January of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
The genius who descended into the darkness is returning to Japanese airwaves, because a new live-action TV drama based on Nobuyuki Fukumoto's high-stakes gambling manga Akagi is heading to BS SKY PerfecTV! in October of 2017. Hit the jump to zawa...zawa...
Actress / gravure model Rio Uchida (Kamen Rider Drive) is playing the leading role in a live-action TV drama adaptation of Nagisa Matsumoto's "gourmet manga" Shogi Meshi, a story which follows a lady shogi player who shapes her strategies based on the meals that she eats between matches. Hit the jump to learn more.
Tokyo Alice, a josei manga by Toriko Chiya about a young office lady finding her way in the big city, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will air exclusively on Amazon Prime Japan beginning on August 25, 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
A new preview video has been published for Saboriman Kantarou, an upcoming live-action TV drama based on the manga written by Tensei Hagiwara and illustrated by Inoue ABD about a slick young office worker who constantly finds new ways to avoid work in order to indulge his taste for sugary sweets. Hit the jump to check it out.
Talk about a sugar rush! New cast members and an exciting new key visual have been published for Saboriman Kantarou, a live-action TV drama based on the gourmet / office comedy manga written by Tensei Hagiwara and illustrated by Inoue ABD about a handsome office worker who routinely skips work in secret in order to snack on sweets. Hit the jump to learn more.