Blazing Transfer Students Live-Action Show Reveals Trailer, Visual, November 10 Worldwide Release
Netflix began streaming a trailer on Friday for Hon? no Tenk?sei REBORN (Blazing Transfer Students), the live-action series adaptation of Kazuhiko Shimamoto‘s Blazing Transfer Student (Honō no Tenkōsei) manga.
Netflix also revealed a new visual.
The video reveals that the eight-episode drama will be available in 190 countries on Netflix on November 10. All seven members of the Johnny’s West singing group will star in the series.
The original manga centered on Noboru Takizawa, a transfer student at a new high school where disputes are settled through fights. He picks a fight with the school bully Ibuki Saburo in the hopes of winning the right to date Yukari Takamura, the school idol. The new series will be a sequel set years after the original story, with Noboru now the principal at his own elite high school, Tanebi Academy, which he established for a certain purpose. By coincidence, seven students all named Kakeru transfer into the school to infiltrate and improve it from within in order to solve a problem that has national implications.
Toshio Li (live-action Detroit Metal City) is directing the series. Yuuko Kawabe (Ergo Proxy, Akihabara @ DEEP) and others are writing the script, and Toshihiko Sahashi (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Full Metal Panic!) is composing the music.
The original manga ran in Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 1983 to 1985. Shimamoto was college classmates with some of the co-founders of anime studio Gainax, which went on to adapt the manga into a two-episode original video anime in 1991. Shimamoto has also created other over-the-top comedies such as Anime Tench?, Hoero Pen, and Hero Company. He also created more serious fare such as Aoi Hon? and The Skull Man, his interpretation of Shotaro Ishinomori‘s classic anti-hero manga. Anime Tenchō and Hero Company inspired anime, while Aoi Honō inspired a live-action television series.
Sources: Oricon News, Comic Natalie