Dragon Zakura (TV series)

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Dragon Zakura
Dragon Zakura drama poster.jpg
Genre School drama
Written by Takehiko Hata
Directed by Renpei Tsukamoto, Marehiro Karaki, Takashi Komatsu
Starring Hiroshi Abe
Theme music composer Kyo Nakanishi
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Editor(s) Kouichi Enda, Mayumi Shimizu
Production company(s) Media Mix Japan Co., Ltd, TBS
Original network TBS
Original release July 8 (2005-07-08) – September 16, 2005 (2005-09-16)
Related shows Master of Study
External links
Official website www.tbs.co.jp/dragonzakura/

Dragon Zakura (Doragon Zakura) is a Japanese live action television series based on the manga of the same name.



  • Hiroshi Abe as Kenji Sakuragi, a lawyer and the homeroom teacher for the special class
  • Kyōko Hasegawa as Mamako Ino, an English teacher from Ryūzan High School. She takes care of History lessons for the special class.
  • Yōko Nogiwa as Yuriko Tatsuno, the director of Ryūzan High School and the wife of former owner
  • Yōsuke Saitō as Tokihisa Kondō, the vice-principal of Ryūzan High School.
  • David Ito as Masanao Ochiai, a teacher from Ryūzan High School
  • Tōru Shinagawa as Tetsunosuke Yanagi, the Mathematics teacher for the special class
  • Minori Terada - Ryūzaburō Akutayama, the Japanese language teacher for the special class
  • Susumu Kobayashi as Shutaro Ain, the Science teacher for the special class
  • Akio Kaneda as Hiroshi Kawaguchi, the English language teacher for the special class
  • Shin Yazawa as Nozomi Yamamoto, Mamako's friend and a teacher of Shūmeikan High School.

Students of the special class[edit]

Family members of special class students[edit]

Other students of Ryūzan High School[edit]

  • Akari Hori as Asumi Toda, an idol who repeatedly sends Maki e-mails from her workplace
  • Ayano Gunji as Saori Abe, Naomi's friend. She had requested Naomi to introduce her to Yūsuke


  • Hiroki Murakami as Yoshio Tanaka, one of Nozomi's suitors. He is a law graduate of Tokyo University. An arrogant man, he is proud of his academic and social standing even though he is neither handsome nor fit.
  • Mitsuru Karahashi as Yasushi Sawamatsu, the second suitor of Nozomi. A high school dropout, he is rather simple-minded with "awesome" as his favorite phrase and a very limited vocabulary. His favorite pastime is playing Pachinko and he only has a part-time job.


Episode title
Romanized title
Translation of title
Broadcast date
Ep. 1
Baka to busu koso Toudai e ike
All you that are ugly and stupid, go to Tokyo University!
July 8, 2005
Ep. 2
Jibun no yowasa wo shire!
Know your weaknesses!
July 15, 2005
Ep. 3
Asobe! Juken wa supootsu da!
Entrance exams are sports, so play!
July 22, 2005
Ep. 4
Kabe ni butsukaru made gaman shiro
Hold out until you hit the wall
July 29, 2005
Ep. 5
Nakuna! Omae no jinsei da!
Don't cry! It's your life!
August 5, 2005
Ep. 6
Eigo taiketsu! Shoubu da baka rokunin
English showdown! Fight for Stupid 6
August 12, 2005
Ep. 7
Mikaeshite yaru! Toudai moshi
Vengeance! Mock exam for Tokyo University
August 19, 2005
Ep. 8
Baka no namida... Natsuyasumi kagai jugyou
Tears of fools... Extra lessons during summer vacation
August 26, 2005
Ep. 9
Shinjiro! Seiseki wa kanarazu agaru
Trust yourself! Your marks will surely improve
September 2, 2005
Ep. 10
Yuujou ka juken ka? Saigo no ketsudan
Friendship or entrance exam? Final decision
September 9, 2005
Ep. 11
Omaera wa mou baka janai! Unmei no goukaku happyou!
You are no longer morons! Fateful day of results!
September 16, 2005
Ratings for Kanto region (average rating: 16.41%)[1]

Theme song[edit]

The theme song of the show is "Realize" by melody. and the insert song "Colorful" by Tomohisa Yamashita.


  1. ^ "Video Research Ratings" (in Japanese). Video Research Ltd. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Tiger & Dragon
(15/04/2005 - 24/06/2005)
TBS Friday Dramas
Fridays 22:00 - 22:54 (JST)
Succeeded by
Hana Yori Dango
(21/10/2005 - 16/12/2005)