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Dragon Zakura – Episode 1

Posted by on May 29, 2007 in Reviews | 0 comments

Dragon Zakura
ドラゴン桜
Episode 1

Sakuragi Kenji is a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcyle gang trying to guide failing high school students with an average score of 36 into Japan’s most prestigious educational institution, Tokyo University (Toudai).

For no other reason than Sakuragi’s personal ambition, he has advertised his intention to produce 5 successful Toudai applicants from the students of a nearly bankrupt failure of a school.

Our protagonist, Sakuragi Kenji, played by Abe Hiroshi in his first role as a high school teacher, is a must see in this summer’s new show. This third rate lawyer soon becomes the homeroom teacher for the special advanced class aiming for Toudai University entrance. Hasegawa Kyouko costars as english teacher and Sakuragi’s opponent, and Yamashita Tomohisa from NEWS and Nagasawa Masami also appear in the role of students.

From Drama Wiki

A new series I’m reviewing!

Just a little note: I’m viewing this series in Hard Subs and I really hate them, and the crazy colours they use. I shouldn’t complain because people have made these subs for free… But give me plain yet so much easier to read soft subs any day.

Now that that little rant is over, let the reviewing begin. And I shall begin with YamaPi’s hair. Did he have a fight with a lawn mower? And his character Yuusuke plays the trumpet. OMG he is so bad ass.

Aragaki Yui plays such a different character in this. I guess I naively never pictured her as anything but the sweet little Umemura from My Boss My Hero.

And I love the doofus, what ever his name is. Okuno Ichirou. He is gold.

It’ll be interesting seeing YamaPi and Nagasawa Masami in this together, as they are also the stars of Proposal Daisakusen.

The little speech that Sakuragi makes at the end of this episode didn’t make much sense. Was it supposed to? He was trying to be all inspirational and get the kid’s attention but to me it contradicted itself and was shitty. But wow wee, he got the basketball into the hoop!

It was all very average, but I find many first episodes to dramas average. I found Nobuta wo Produce‘s first episode average, but is now one of my favourite shows. And I’ve heard good things about this show so I’ll keep watching. heart heart heart

(images removed 2007年11月2日 as per request of TBS)


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