On January 29, 2018, voice actress Kana Hanazawa is branching out with a guest appearance on Nagoya-yuki Saishuu Ressha 2018 ("Last Train to Nagoya 2018"), a live-action TV drama about the daily lives and tiny adventures of people who travel on a private railway that runs between Gifu Prefecture and Aichi Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
You're never too old to be a hero, or at least that's the premise of Oh My Jump! Shonen Jump Saves the World, a new live-action TV drama about adults who meet in a secret club where they can live out their fantasies of being the heroes of famous Weekly Shōnen Jump titles such as Naruto, One Piece, Saint Seiya, and Fist of the North Star. Hit the jump (pun intended) for more.
For folks who are curious to see how exactly Kakegurui, the over-the-top high school gambling manga written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Toru Naomura, translates into the medium of live-action film, a new teaser trailer is now available for the upcoming Kakegurui TV drama. Hit the jump to check it out.
A live-action TV drama based on Kakegurui, a high stakes high school gambling manga written by Homura Kawamoto and illustrated by Toru Naomura, is coming to the "Drama-ism" late night programming block on TBS and MBS in January of 2018, and now the new show has revealed its 2nd main cast member: actor Mahiro Takasugi plays the luckless but well-meaning student, Ryōta Suzui. Hit the jump to learn more.
Holiday Love, a josei manga written by Yukari Koyama and illustrated by Eliza Kusakabe about married couples trying to piece their relationships back together in the wake of adulterous affairs, is being adapted into a live-action TV drama that will broadcast on TV Asahi beginning in January of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
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.