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A must watch for high school students who are planning to take college entrance examination. =)


Sakuragi Kenji is a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcyle gang trying to guide failing high school students with an average score of 36 into Japan’s most prestigious educational institution, Tokyo University (Toudai).

“If you want to change your life, get into 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.

“If you want to change your life, get into Toudai!” He will get them from this lowest of all schools into Japan’s number one!!

Our protagonist, Sakuragi Kenji, played by Abe Hiroshi in his first role as a high school teacher, is a must see in this summer’s new show. This third rate lawyer soon becomes the homeroom teacher for the special advanced class aiming for Toudai University entrance. Hasegawa Kyouko costars as english teacher and Sakuragi’s opponent, and Yamashita Tomohisa from NEWS and Nagasawa Masami also appear in the role of students. This awaited original work and fascinating world view is brought to you from the popular serialized comic in Shuukan Morning (Kodansha) and has even been updated!

In addition to revealing essential test taking techniques for everyone who wants to know how to get into Toudai, Dragon Zakura will also teach the essentials of living one’s life. (credits: DramaWiki)

My Review

Here, here. Who knew that college entrance examination was a big deal in Japan, no suffice it to say that getting into Todai is more of the deal.

Watching Dragon Zakura has brought back some memories of mine, back when I was preparing to undergo the entrance exam in UP, the only difference is unlike them, I haven’t given much thought on it. You may think that I’m bragging but I’m not. What I mean is that the members of the special class have their purpose on why they want to go to the best university, but me, I took the exam just because I’m expected to. Okay enough of my personal life.

Just like what I said on the opening sentence, watching this gives a person a lot of inspiration to strive and study harder. What’s even astounding is that the students who are involved are what we call the trash of the society and yet they’ve proven that intelligence can be attained by those who worked hard for it. I was really touched by the efforts of those students, seldom it is that I’ve been this hopeful. Though the story only focuses on preparing the special class to pass the exam in Tokyo University, I wasn’t bored, all throughout the episodes, one can get a lot of tips on how to ace a test and also provide the necessary motivation needed whenever one feels like giving up.

We can learn a lot from Dragon Zakura, it doesn’t only apply on incoming college students but to everyone as well. What’s also good is that though we think that the story would end in the perfect way, it doesn’t. Let’s probably call it the more realistic way to end things, not all of them achieved what they’re aiming for but still they decided to take another path. And being accepted into the best university isn’t always the right thing, there are a lot of alternatives out there, you can still succeed if you have the determination.

I was so inspired by this, good thing because with school almost starting and all I was into a dark mood, but thanks to this series, I have found a new light, I would study hard just like those guys. 😀


Hey, have you noticed I haven’t even mentioned Yamapi (wow it’s a record), hehe, now I’ve mentioned it. Haha, and Koike’s (he’s the kind that looks uber cute) here too, waaa those two are really cute, weeeee. Now I know why they’ve chosen Masami to be Pi’s partner in Pro Dai, and also Yui in Code Blue, it all started here. =))

The best thing about Dragon Zakura is the fact that they mentioned the Philippines, wahaha, for a period of time our country was on the spotlight (can it really be called that?). lol