Anime News: Minami Hamabe To Star In Tv Live - Action 'kakegurui'

ANIME NEWS: Minami Hamabe to star in TV live-action 'Kakegurui'

A live-action TV drama adaptation of the popular manga "Kakegurui--Compulsive Gambler" will premiere on Jan. 14, with Minami Hamabe playing the protagonist, Yumeko Jabami.

The drama series is based on the original manga series of the same name by Homura Kawamoto, which is currently running in the monthly Gangan Joker comic anthology. The comic book series boasts 3.7 million copies in print, with the title adapted into an animated TV series in 2017.

Set in the Hyakkao Private Academy, where the student pecking order is determined by their gambling skills, the story follows the mysterious transfer student who goes over the edge when it comes to gambling. Although Yumeko is a pure and innocent-looking girl, she gets a thrill in taking risks.

She is portrayed by Hamabe, who has played leading roles in a live-action TV drama adaptation of "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" and a live-action feature film adaptation of "Let Me Eat Your Pancreas."

Meanwhile, Mahiro Takasugi is cast as Ryota Suzui, with Aoi Morikawa playing the role of Mary Saotome.

The drama series is directed by Tsutomu Hanabusa, whose past works include "No Longer Heroine" and "Asahinagu."

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