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  • Drama: Dragon Zakura
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Network: TBS
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 3,245 users)
  • Ranked: #1311
  • Popularity: #437
  • Members: 5,281

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Ratings: 7.6/10 from 3,245 users
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Ranked #1311
Popularity #437
Members 3,245

Sakuragi Kenji is a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcycle 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.
In addition to revealing essential test takingtechniques for everyone who wants to know how to get into Toudai, Dragon Zakura will also teach the essentials of living one's life.

  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 11
  • Aired: Jul 8, 2005 - Sep 16, 2005
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Network: TBS
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 3,245 users)
  • Ranked: #1311
  • Popularity: #437
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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7 people found this review helpful
Jun 24, 2011
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
Loved: Abe Hiroshi is excellent in this role (it was the first I saw him in and probably still my favourite) - he maintains the balance of strictness, understanding and self-interest well and the students develop a real rapport with him. While the students were all quite young when Dragon Zakura was filmed most of them are now big names (Yamashita Tomohisa, Koike Teppei, Nagasawa Masami, Aragaki Yui) and it's interesting to see where they started out (although the acting of some has definitely improved with time!).

Didn't Love: The student's homeroom teacher (played by Hasegawa Kyoko) can be annoying at times but she always has the student's best interests at heart. Like most high school doramas there is a whole bunch of anti-change teachers to irritate the viewer and an incompetent but well-meaning principal with a penchant for hats tops it off.

Dragon Zakura isn't just another high school dorama - it's unique, funny and focuses on encouraging the students to want to improve themselves and their lives, rather than just mass-producing exam bots who can't think for themselves. A feel good show with some wacky characters and teaching methods thrown in for good measure.

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3 people found this review helpful
Jul 10, 2013
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
A funny yet heart warming drama Dragon Zakura tackles the lives of teens who are always looked down upon and called "idiots".

This drama deals with very realistic problems that teens face everyday in schools and in their homes. I quite liked how there are many lessons you will learn just by watching this drama. I think you will be left with a little bit of a new outlook on life as i was.

The cast is jammed packed full of great actors and actresses such as Aragaki Yui (from Koi Zora), Koike Teppei (from Lovely Complex), Yamashita Tomohisa (from Kurosagi) along with the charming Abe Hiroshi.
I think the cast was perfectly matched to this drama and kept it interesting. Plenty of eye candy for both boys and girls!

Music wise all the music seem to fit really well into the story especially the opening theme song Realize by Melody.

I would recommend this drama to everyone, It has its funny moments but also has a very serious side to the drama that most people would understand and relate to.

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