Dragon Zakura

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Dragon Zakura
Contents:  Season 1Season 2


  • Title: ドラゴン桜
  • Title (romaji): Dragon Zakura
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: School, drama and comedy
  • Broadcast network: TBS
  • Related TV show: God of Study (KBS2, 2010), Angel Bank (TV Asahi, 2010), The Hope (2023)

Season 1

  • Episodes: 11
  • Viewership ratings: 16.41%
  • Broadcast period: 2005-Jul-08 to 2005-Sep-16
  • Air time: Friday 22:00
  • Theme songs:


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.

User/Viewer Ratings

(11 votes)


Correlation Chart
Main Cast
Special Advanced Class
Ryuzan Highschool Faculty
Special Advanced Class Teachers

Supporting Casts / Guests

Production Credits

Episode Information

Episode Title
Rating (Kanto)
01 Fools and ugly girls, head for Tokyo University! 17.5%
02 Know your own weaknesses! 16.5%
03 Play! Taking an exam is like a sport! 13.8%
04 Don't stop until you hit the wall 16.1%
05 Don't cry! It's your life! 16.8%
06 English Showdown! Fight for Six Fools 17.9%
07 Vengeance! The Tokyo University Mock Exam! 15.6%
08 Tears of Fools... Extracurricular activities for summer vacation 17.0%
09 Believe! Your results will surely improve 14.5%
10 Friendship or the exam? Final decision 14.5%
11 You're not fools anymore! The fateful announcement of the results 20.3%

Source: Video Research, Ltd.


Season 2

Dragon Zakura (Season 2)
  • Episodes: 10
  • Viewership ratings: 14.82%
  • Broadcast period: 2021-Apr-25 to 2021-Jun-27
  • Air time: Sunday 21:00


16 years later, Sakuragi Kenji shifts his focus from the past "memory test" to "practical academic ability test". How will Kenji continue to deliver the best study method to his students who are preparing for the entrance exam battle of year 2021?


Main Cast
Special Advanced Class
Other Tatsumi Gakuen Students
Special Lecturers
Tatsumi Gakuen Staff
Students' Family

Production Credits


External Links

Spring 2005
Autumn 2005
Tiger & Dragon
Season 1
Hana Yori Dango

Winter 2021
Summer 2021
Tengoku to Jigoku
Season 2