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Arashi’s Sakurai Sho & AKB48’s Oshima Yuko to co-star in TBS special drama

It’s been announced that Arashi’s Sakurai Sho and AKB48’s Oshima Yuko will star in TBS’s special drama “Blackboard ~Jidai to Tatakatta Kyoushi tachi~“!

Scheduled to air as a consecutive three-night series, the drama will broadcast its first episode sometime in April. The story will follow teachers from three different eras in history.

Sakurai and Oshima will star in the first episode, which is set at a junior high school in Tokyo after World War II.  Sakurai will play  a teacher there named “Shirahama” who loses his right arm during the war. Haunted by his reduced sense of worth, Sakurai’s character is caught between the memories of his militarist education and the new democratic system after the war.

Oshima will play Sakurai’s co-worker, an English teacher named ‘Ichihara’. ‘Ichihara’ embraces the future of democratic education, which causes her to clash with ‘Shirahama’, who tries to stubbornly hold onto his pre-war values. Though they have conflicts at first, ‘Ichihara’ finds herself falling in love with him.

The second night will be set in the 1980’s with the theme of school violence; actors Sato Koichi andShida Mirai have been selected to star in that installment. Finally, the third night will be set in the present day; the cast members for this episode remain unknown at this time.

Source: Sports Hochi + Sanspo via tokyohive

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