Best Japanese Shows to Watch: Dragon Zakura 2

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Dragon Zakura 2 is a sequel to the popular show Dragon Zakura (it came out in 2005 though, so I have not seen that one yet). The star of Dragon Zakura 2 is Hiroshi Abe, who was voted the most popular actor in Japan last year.

Dragon Zakura 2 is about a lawyer/teacher who uses unorthodox methods to get the best out of his students; the job he decides to take is at an underperforming high school that isn’t known for its college prep skills. However, he promises the school that he will get it back to its old form and send a certain number of its students to Todai (the most prestigious university in Japan).

The show is really uplifting, as Professor Sakuragi is able to take a group of misfits (and students who had no intention of going to a well regarded college) all the way up to Todai. It is also a relatively realistic drama, using methods that could likely be replicated by students in real life (although no guarantee of getting into a prestigious college). If you want to watch something to motivate you and keep pushing, Dragon Zakura 2 is a great drama.

Dragon Zakura 2 Recommendation Rating: 4

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


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