A few years ago, a group of struggling students at a low-ranked high school made it into Japan’s top college, Tokyo University, thanks to Kenji Sakuragi, a down-on-his-luck lawyer-turned-teacher. But since he left, the school has been on a downward spiral. Now they’ve wooed him back, and he’s determined to turn things around again – this time with the motto: “Times are tough! So get a move on!” Students are overwhelmed with choices and desperate for something to hold onto. With his profound belief in their ability, Kenji offers a ray of hope. (Source: TBS) ~~ Adapted from the manga "Dragon Zakura 2" (ドラゴン桜2) by Mita Norifusa (三田 紀房). Edit Translation
- Português (Brasil)
Cast & Credits
Darker, Modern and UpliftingI was able to see the first season where the cast are now big names in Japan and I did not expect that there is a S2 of this until I happen to check on Abe Hiroshi's filmography.
What I like here is that everything is modern and diverse. There is a gay educator and the chairmoan supports it, the chairman herself is not the typical Japanese principal who is akways against the villain. I like how the Chairman actually cares about the students and is willing to help Sakuragi sensei make these students pass the Todai exam even if the cost is her position. Also, Sakuragi sensei somehow becomes more intelligent when it comes to sensing unusual things that comes in his way.
There are also more students involved this time and they are diverse. Still, there are parents who are either inferior about their child getting more education than them, parents who has set a plan for their child even if it cause their child to suffer more.
Also, for some reason, the plot summary here is not really the same as how the story progress. Its a different school after all and the problem is way more deep.
I also like how the story progress when I initially thought that some of his former students kind of betraying Sakuragi and Mizuno sensei. I love how they are actually helping him unravel the real villain of the story. I have predicted about Sakamoto but not Yoneyama.
Also, some of Sakuragi sensei's speeches kind of hit home because of what I am feeling during the time that I watched it. Though some of them are overaching and may not be very applicable to the real world scenario but there are some that definitely defines your dilemma and what you can do about it as an adult.
What I only hate here is that, the pedo coach as well as the female lawyer did not receive their punishment. Also, the sakura tree is not highlighted much on this season unlike on S1 where it blossoms after their Todai exam.
All in all, this is a good and refreshing student series and I wish that they make a new season after 2 years or so.
New journey to TODAI!I didn't like the first episode since it has different vibe with the OG one that I adore so much, so at first I decided dropping it. But, the news that the og cast will appear on the last epi, changed my mind. Turned out, the Zakura engine was started on 2nd episode as the story more focus on the characters one by one and their struggle. Of course the legendary monolog by Sakuragi sensei and the tricks of Todai's entrance exam also made a wholesome come back. The twist by the end was also nicely made, although I already guessed it. Unfortunately, I still can't feel the emotional attachment to the students. The spark just not there and their friendship kind a bland. But, I do hope all these young actors and actresses will have bright future like the OG one.